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Scholarship Opportunities

There are many scholarship opportunities available to help eligible students fund their education. Scholarships could lower the price of your education and, unlike student loans, do not need to be repaid. In most cases, the funds received apply directly toward paying your tuition.

College Scholarships

How do I find and apply for college scholarships?

Virginia College encourages students to research outside organizations that offer scholarships. The websites below can help you find out about available aid and apply for private scholarships:

  • Scholarships.com - Search millions of college scholarships and grants.
  • Fastweb - A leading scholarship search provider for over 15 years, this site features a comprehensive database of available scholarships, plus information and advice that could help you win more scholarships
  • Studentaid.ed.gov - This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. You can access much of the information, publications, and links on the site without an ID.

There are more scholarship search sites out there, but some charge fees, and not all are credible. To find out more about scholarship resources and scams, go to the Scholarships and Grants section of the enrollment portal.

Virginia College cannot guarantee that students will be eligible to receive any scholarship. Students are responsible for the careful review of requirements for any individual scholarships in which they are interested.

Private Scholarships

What is a private, or outside, scholarship?

Outside scholarship funding comes from private or public agencies to subsidize either some or all of your tuition, fees and the textbooks required for school. The application for these scholarships is separate from your school application or financial aid application.

How does a private scholarship get applied toward tuition?

Third-party billing is when a private agency pays part of your tuition, fees or required textbooks. Virginia College bills the agency directly, and the agency will send payment straight to the school.

For the third-party billing option to be available, the private agency or the student must provide the proper tuition assistance documents prior to each enrollment term. These tuition assistance documents must meet all standard requirements, which will provide Virginia College with direct bill authorization. If for whatever reason you are no longer eligible to receive the scholarship, you will be responsible for paying the tuition balance.

To have a private agency approved for direct billing, please contact your campus to provide the following information:

  • The name of the agency
  • The contact information for the Educational Benefits Coordinator

Virginia College Career Training Scholarship for Working Students

Amount:

$500 for diploma programs and $1,000 for degree programs. A maximum of 100 students per Financial Aid award year may receive this scholarship.

Application Requirements:

  • Two years of employment, at minimum
    • Exceptions to the two years of employment may be made for single parents at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee. Single parents who do not meet the minimum application requirement for proof of two years of employment may request an interview with the Scholarship Committee. If an interview is granted, the Scholarship Committee may determine from the interview to allow the single parent with less than two years of employment to apply for this scholarship. Approval by the Scholarship Committee to apply for this scholarship does not guarantee that the scholarship will be awarded to the single parent, only that they may apply for the scholarship.
  • One letter of recommendation from an employer
  • 300-word essay describing long-term career goals
  • High school diploma, GED certificate or approved Home School study credential
  • Completed scholarship application form

Disbursement Conditions:

The student must continually meet the stated attendance requirements of the College and maintain a 3.0 GPA for the duration of the scholarship award. If attendance requirements and GPA requirements are not met, the remaining balance of the scholarship will not be credited to the student’s account. The student may not re-apply for the scholarship if he/she fails to meet these conditions.

Payable for Credit Hour Students:

Credited equally over each term of the student’s remaining enrollment

Payable for Clock Hour Students:

Credited equally each payment period of the student’s remaining enrollment

Application Submission:

At least 30 days prior to the beginning of the term of attendance for which the scholarship is initially being applied, each applicant must submit the following to the Scholarship Committee: official high school transcript or GED certificate (on those campuses where official copies are required), letter of recommendation, essay, and application form.

Scholarship Committee:

Scholarship Committee membership shall include two appropriate College officials. All decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final and based on meeting the stated scholarship criteria including:

  • letter of recommendation;
  • student essay; and, optionally,
  • personal interview with candidate.