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Frequently Asked Questions
What types of scholarships are available?
Virginia Western Educational Foundation scholarships are established by generous donors. The scholarships are based on academic merit, financial need and program of study.
Who should apply for an Educational Foundation scholarship?
If you are enrolled in or plan to enroll in a minimum of 6 credits for the upcoming academic semester at Virginia Western Community College with a minimum 2.0 GPA you should apply. It is important to note that a scholarship may require that you be enrolled in more than six credits. If a scholarship requires that you be full-time, then you must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits.
How long will it take to complete the scholarship application?
Once you collect the required documents, the scholarship application will take approximately 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to complete. There is a step-by-step guide online to help you along the way.
There are 3 simple steps to completing the application:
- Part 1 General Application (Profile)
- Part 2 General Scholarship Application
- Part 3 Recommended Scholarship Opportunities
What am I required to provide as part of the application?
In addition to answering all questions on the scholarship application, scholarship applicants must provide the following:
- most recent unofficial academic transcript indicating a cumulative GPA. Click here for how to retrieve your transcript.
- most current FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) indicating the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number (click here for example-PDF) or most current federal tax return indicating Adjusted Gross Income amount and display of filer’s signature (click here for example-PDF).
- names and email addresses of 3 persons (not family or friends) to serve as references.
What if I do not have any of the required documents required for the scholarship application?
If you do not have an unofficial transcript, FAFSA Student Aid Report or tax return to upload into your application, then you must upload an explanation of why you do not have the specific document requested in the section where it is required. Provide your explanation in Word or pdf format.
I am currently a high school senior planning to attend Virginia Western after graduation. I am applying for your fall semester scholarships. What academic transcript do I provide?
Provide your most recent high school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA.
How do I know which scholarships I should apply for?
The online scholarship application system is designed to help you move through the three parts of the application. When Parts 1 and 2 are completed, you will be directed to Part 3 Recommended Scholarship Opportunities. Here you will be automatically matched to apply for any scholarship opportunities for which you may qualify based on the information you provided in Parts 1 and 2.
I don't qualify for financial aid, should I still apply?
Absolutely! Scholarships are available for academic excellence and/or financial need. We award scholarships to students who demonstrate financial need, but may or may not qualify for financial aid.
What are the conditions regarding the use of scholarship awards?
Scholarship funds may be used only for tuition, books, and supplies required for courses taken at Virginia Western Community College during the semester awarded. Specific use will be stated in the scholarship criteria in the Scholarship Agreement which the recipient signs. Scholarship awards are not transferable to other colleges.
How do I apply for an Educational Foundation scholarship?
The online Educational Foundation scholarship applications are processed only in the Foundation office. Do not submit any required information to the Office of Financial Aid for purposes of applying for our scholarships.
When is the Educational Foundation Scholarship Deadline?
The deadline for applying for scholarships varies depending on the semester. You should apply when you first begin to see information on the website, on-campus TVs, posters, and social media. All parts of the scholarship application (a completed application, taxes, statements of recommendation, and transcript) must be uploaded as part of the application process by the scholarship application deadline to be considered.
Who should provide a reference for me?
A link to the online reference questionnaire is sent to the three (3) persons you list on the application. When you finish and submit the application, they will receive an email notifying them that they are being asked to provide a reference for you. They will do so by clicking on the link provided in the message, which will take them to an online questionnaire. It is so easy! If you are a current student, at least one recommendation MUST come from a Virginia Western instructor. If you have never attended Virginia Western, you may ask former teachers, volunteer supervisors, employers, or work colleagues to provide recommendations. Please note, recommendation by relatives/family members are not acceptable.
How are recipients selected and notified?
Scholarship recipients are selected by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation Scholarship & Grants Committee using a competitive award process. Recipients of the scholarships will be notified of their award in email and letter from the Educational Foundation. Students who apply for, but do not receive, a scholarship may still be eligible for loans, grants, or scholarships from federal, state and other sources. Please contact the Virginia Western Financial Aid Office for more information regarding loans and/or grants.
If I receive an Educational Foundation scholarship, how will I receive the funds?
If you are awarded a scholarship, that amount will be credited to his/her student account here at Virginia Western.
Are Educational Foundation scholarships available in summer?
No, Educational Foundation scholarships are only available for fall and spring semesters.
What expenses will be covered by an educational foundation scholarship?
Scholarship funds are most commonly used to cover tuition and fees, but funds may also be used to cover books or other allowable expenses as stated in your Scholarship Agreement.
Who can I contact if I have a question about the scholarship process?
For more information you can contact the Educational Foundation CCAP & Scholarship Program Coordinator.
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