Scholarship Application Instructions

Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia holds over 80 scholarships for the benefit of students across our service area. Many of the scholarships offered by the Community Foundation have specific purposes and selection criteria. Please refer to our Scholarship Listing to see a list of scholarships and the requirements.

Students are invited to complete one universal application that will automatically match them to the scholarship awards for which they qualify; they can then complete any supplemental information required for each opportunity.  The scholarship application will open November 1, 2023 and all students wishing to apply for the 2024-2025 academic year must create a new student account in the online system; unless you already have a student account. The scholarship application will close at 11:59 p.m. on January 12, 2024.   All application submissions are final as of that deadline with no exceptions. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Before you begin filling out the universal application, please review the below tutorial prior to registering and starting the application.


Additionally, review the chart below to determine which documents you may be required to submit.  NOTE: The following file types will NOT be accepted: msg, tex, zip, odt, html, pages, exe, jar, cmd, and jpeg. File types that will be accepted include PDF and Word formatted documents.

Required for ALL Scholarships
Required for Select Scholarships




Letters of Recommendation


If you are an applicant from a school in the Roanoke Valley and Wythe and Smyth Counties, you MUST submit TWO letters of recommendation with your application.


Personal Essay



Essay of Specified Topic


YES. For the additional essays, please make sure that you answer all the questions asked within the essay prompt. 





Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

YES. Please upload a copy of your completed FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), including all pages (not just the cover page) in PDF form. You can download a copy of your SAR by logging in to using your FSA ID and selecting the “View your Student Aid Report” option near the middle of the “My FAFSA” page.

*NOTE: Due to the impending FAFSA application changes issued by the government in 2023, the Community Foundation will not require a copy of the SAR to be uploaded for the 2024-2025 Scholarship Application cycle.


Applications without the appropriate required documents will not be considered.


The scholarship deadline is Friday, January 12, 2024.


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