One of The Community Foundation’s strategies for preserving and growing the quality of life in our region is supporting higher education for area students. Generous individuals and families, companies and organizations establish endowed scholarship funds and the proceeds from these funds benefit deserving students. Donors work with foundation staff to determine appropriate criteria for each fund. The Community Foundation currently administers more than forty scholarship funds.

Click here to access the online application portal and begin your scholarship application. The scholarship portal opens in the middle of November and closes at the beginning of March. Make sure you submit your application before 11:00 PM on March 1, 2020! Please contact the foundation if you have any questions:, Ali Thomas at 540 373-9292 ext. 124.

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Who May Apply?

Any graduating high school senior planning on attending a college or university may apply. Many scholarships are also open to students pursuing a career, trade or technical education program or certification. Please be aware that each scholarship has unique eligibility requirements. For example, some scholarships are merit based and others are need and merit based. Some focus on student athletes, others support a future field of study - like nursing or business. We encourage you to review our Scholarship FAQs and the specific guidelines for each scholarship fund that interests you. You should also speak with your school guidance counselor about The Community Foundation scholarships that apply to your circumstances.

Our online scholarship application for the 2019-2020 school year opens on November 15, 2019 and closes on March 1, 2020 at 11:00 PM. 

Timeline - 2020 Applicants
October 2019Visit our booth at College Night – Spotsylvania Towne Center 6:30-8:30pm.
November 15, 2019Online application portal available. 
March 1, 2020Complete online scholarship application and upload no later than 11:00pm.
March - April 2020Application review and award selections.
April 2020Award Status notification emailed to all applicants by April 30
June 2020This year's Scholarship Awards Reception cannot take place due to COVID-19. We look forward to celebrating each winning student individually.
June 30, 2020Scholarship checks issued to chosen college or university in the recipient’s name.
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