With a grand total of 225 colleges and universities to choose from in the state’s borders, it is no surprise that there are numerous scholarships in Virginia to help increase students’ access to the wide array of post-secondary education options available. Not only does Virginia boast many of the nation’s top-ranked universities, but the “Mother of States” also serves as the location for many of the oldest institutions in the United States that stand as pillars for higher education. In order to reduce the costs of pursuing your degree in the state that embodies the foundations of our country’s rich academic transitions, the following are 25 great scholarships available exclusively to students and residents of Virginia.

1. Bishop C. Charles Vaché Scholarship

Deadline: June 30th

Through the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, the Bishop C. Charles Vaché Scholarship is granted for $1,000 to $5,000 each academic year to provide financial support to low-income and minority undergraduate college students who are attending an accredited institution in southern Virginia on a full-time basis. Along with the application, candidates must submit an official transcript, three letters of recommendation, and a brief 250-word essay on future goals.

Contact

Bishop C. Charles Vaché Scholarship
600 Talbot Hall Road
Norfolk, VA 23505
(757) 423-8287
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

2. Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

Created by the Virginia General Assembly in 2004 in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the landmark legislative decision, the Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship is presented annually for up to $5,000 to Virginia residents who were unable to attend public school between 1954 and 1964 due to the mass closing of schools to avoid desegregation. Eligible applicants must use the financial funding to pursue a master’s, doctoral, or other post-baccalaureate degree program within the Commonwealth.

Contact

Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship
910 Capitol Street
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 786-3591 ext. 232
[email protected]

3. Central Virginia Scholarship

Deadline: March 4th

Within the Community Foundation of Richmond (TCFR), the Central Virginia Scholarship has been established to provide $5,000 to $15,000 annually to extraordinary graduating high school seniors in Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover who are unable to attend the private institution of their choice due to higher tuition expenses. Qualified candidates must plan to enroll in an accredited four-year university in the continental U.S., demonstrate financial need, be legal Virginia residents, and be involved in school/community activities.

Contact

Central Virginia Scholarship
7501 Boulders View Drive Suite 110
Richmond, VA 23225
(804) 330-7400
[email protected]

4. Colonel Charles E. Savedge Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 1st

Each year, the Virginia High School League presents the Colonel Charles E. Savedge Scholarship Fund for $500 to graduating high school seniors who have at least two years of full-time experience participating as a staff member on their school’s publications, including yearbook, newspaper, or literary magazines. Along with an application, students must submit a one-page essay, letter of recommendation, current photo, resume, and two writing samples.

Contact

Colonel Charles E. Savedge Scholarship Fund
1642 State Farm Blvd.
Charlottesville, VA 22911
(434) 977-8475
[email protected]

5. Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton Scholarship

Deadline: February 26th

In honor of the courageous police officer from the Pittsylvania County Sherriff’s Office who was shot and killed in 2002 while making a routine traffic stop, the Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton Scholarship has been established by the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR). In order to qualify for the $1,000 award, candidates must reside in Danville or Pittsylvania, exhibit significant financial need, and be pursuing a degree in law enforcement.

Contact

Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton Scholarship
541 Loyal Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 793-0884
[email protected]

6. Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarships

Deadline: March 31st

Administered through the Virginia Credit Union (VACU), Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarships provide $2,500 each year to 25 students who will be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution for the upcoming fall term in pursuit of their first undergraduate degree. Applicants must be the primary owner of a VACU account in good standing, be taking at least nine credit hours a semester, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better, and participate in community service.

Contact

Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarships
13505 Tredegar Lake Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 323-6000
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

7. Everette H. and Edith P. Griffin Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 28th

As part of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation (HRCF), the Everette H. and Edith P. Griffin Memorial Scholarship is granted each year for up to $2,000 to students from Isle of Wright, Southhampton, Franklin, and Suffolk counties of Western Tidewater who have a visual and/or hearing impairment. Eligible candidates must be legal Virginia residents, have financial need, be enrolling in a post-secondary institution full-time, and provide documentation confirming their status as legally blind or deaf.

Contact

Everette H. and Edith P. Griffin Memorial Scholarship
101 East Main Street Suite 4500
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 622-7951
[email protected]

8. Franklin D. Boyce Health Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 15th

With the goal of encouraging qualified individuals to professional healthcare occupations, the Franklin D. Boyce Health Scholarship Program is administered through the John Randolph Foundation to provide $2,500 to students enrolled in Virginia post-secondary institutions who are studying to become nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, physicians, psychologists, or radiologists. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, exhibit financial need, and be enrolled in at least six credits per semester.

Contact

Franklin D. Boyce Health Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 1606
Hopewell, VA 23860
(804) 458-2239
[email protected]

9. George E. Allen Academic Scholarship

Deadline: March 1st

In memory of the founder of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Law Firm who put himself through law school despite the many obstacles in his early life, the George E. Allen Academic Scholarship is presented annually for $1,500 to graduating high school seniors from Central Virginia who have overcome adversity for extraordinary academic promise. Applicants should be pursuing a post-secondary program, demonstrate high academic achievement, and submit a recommendation.

Contact

George E. Allen Academic Scholarship
P.O. Box 6855
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 257-7542
[email protected]

10. Granville P. Meade Scholarship

Deadline: March 14th

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, the Granville P. Meade Scholarship is designed to provide $2,000 annually for up to four years to high school seniors with outstanding academic achievements who are financially unable to afford the costs of college. To qualify, candidates must be attending one of Virginia’s public or private universities full-time, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and show involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Contact

Granville P. Meade Scholarship
2002 Bremo Road Lower Level
Richmond, VA 23226
(804) 225-2025
[email protected]

11. Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

Established by the Suffolk Foundation in memory of the former Director of Parks and Recreation who founded the Suffolk Tennis Association, the Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for up to $5,000 to graduating high school seniors at one of the public or private high schools within the city of Suffolk. Selection will be based on financial need, participation in tennis or other sports, personal character, and involvement in community affairs.

Contact

Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship
106 West Finney Avenue
Suffolk, VA 23434
(757) 923-9090
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

12. Hughes Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: April 1st

Annually, the Hughes Memorial Foundation offers scholarships for up to $5,000 each to financially disadvantaged students living in the counties of Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Campbell, Bedford, Patrick, Henry, and Franklin in Virginia who are pursuing higher education or job training at an accredited institution. Preference will be given to children in these counties who are linear offspring of the orphanage Hughes Memorial Home as well as any other residential care facilities.

Contact

Hughes Memorial Foundation Scholarships
P.O. Box 10400
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-2412
[email protected]

13. James G. Browder Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 9th

Supported through the Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), the James C. Browder Jr. Memorial Scholarship provides $2,000 each year to deserving freshman, sophomore, and junior-level undergraduate students who are pursuing a career within the transportation industry. Qualified applicants must be attending a Virginia higher learning institution full-time, be U.S. citizens, be enrolled in a specialized engineering/technical curriculum related to transportation, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.

Contact

James G. Browder Jr. Memorial Scholarship
620 Moorefield Park Drive Suite 120
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 330-3312
[email protected]

14. Kearney & Company Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 1st

Through the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), the Kearney & Company Scholarship Program is available for rising junior and senior-level accounting majors who are enrolled full-time at George Mason University, Old Dominion University, James Madison University, Virginia Tech, or the College of William & Mary. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in accounting coursework to qualify for taking the CPA exam, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, and demonstrate involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Contact

Kearney & Company Scholarship Program
4309 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 612-9427
[email protected]

15. Lee-Jackson Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: February 15th

Since founded by industrialist Jay W. Johns in 1953, the Lee-Jackson Foundation has grown to provide 18 annual scholarships for up to $2,000 apiece to Virginia high school junior and senior students who submit extraordinary analytical essays on any aspect of the career or legacy of General Robert E. Lee and/or General “Stonewall” Jackson. Applicants must be residents of Virginia, plan to attend an accredited four-year U.S. institution full-time, and demonstrate the natural academic abilities for success in college.

Contact

Lee-Jackson Foundation Scholarships
P.O. Box 8121
Charlottesville, VA 22906
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

16. Leo Bourassa Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

Ranging in value from $1,000 to $3,000, the Leo Bourassa Scholarship is granted through the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association (VLWA) to full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are attending a Virginia accredited institution with a major in biology, conservation, ecology, engineering, environmental science, geology, hydrology, limnology, storm water management, or water quality. Candidates must be in good academic standing, be Virginia residents, and show outstanding promise for contributing to the field of water resources.

Contact

Leo Bourassa Scholarship
4229 Lafayette Center Drive Suite 1850
Chantilly, VA 20151
(757) 671-6222
[email protected]

17. Lisa Sechrist Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

Created in 1996 by Brookfield Residential to honor the memory of a young employee who tragically lost her life to domestic violence at 32, the Lisa Sechrist Memorial Foundation Scholarship is awarded for 10,000 annually to one underprivileged female student who shows critical financial need for assistance in pursuing higher education. Applicants must have a high school diploma, be residents of Virginia, enroll in an accredited higher learning institution, and demonstrate good citizenship through community/civic service.

Contact

Lisa Sechrist Memorial Foundation Scholarship
3201 Jermantown Road Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 270-1400
[email protected]

18. Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition

Deadline: March 8th

Each year, the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra hosts the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition to provide $1,000, $1,500, and $2,000 awards to full-time undergraduate or graduate students of music who deliver an extraordinary performance of a concerto on strings, winds, piano, or percussion. Qualified candidates must be attending an accredited college or conservatory in Virginia, be 25 years old or under, and present a resume that reflects significant musical performing experience.

Contact

Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition
8421 Sulky Court
Alexandria, VA 22308
(703) 548-0885
[email protected]

19. Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship

Deadline: June 30th

Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship is awarded annually for up to $1,200 to qualified individuals who have been accepted for full or part-time enrollment in a school of nursing within the state. To be eligible, applicants must have resided in Virginia for at least one year, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, show financial need, and agree to repay the funding by working continuously in Virginia for at least 12 months as a registered nurse upon graduation.

Contact

Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship
109 Governor Street Suite 1016
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 864-7003
[email protected]

20. Rose Koury Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st

Within the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNV), the Rose Koury Memorial Scholarship is presented annually for $5,000 for up to four years of study to graduating high school seniors residing in northern Virginia who are planning to enter the field of early childhood or elementary education. Eligible candidates must be accepted for full-time enrollment in a state teacher preparation program, demonstrate financial need, be dedicated to the field of education, and maintain academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better.

Contact

Rose Koury Memorial Scholarship
2940 Hunter Mill Road Suite 201
Oakton, VA 22124
(703) 879-7640
[email protected]

21. Sue Gillespie Wysor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: February 24th

As part of the Arlington Community Foundation, the Sue Gillespie Wysor Memorial Scholarship Fund offers up to $8,000 to graduating high school seniors in Arlington County of Virginia who have clearly expressed a desire to pursue an undergraduate degree related to the biological sciences. Qualified students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and be attending an accredited four-year institution or two-year college within the Virginia Community College System in the upcoming fall.

Contact

Sue Gillespie Wysor Memorial Scholarship Fund
818 North Quincy Street
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 243-4785
[email protected]
Scholarship Link

22. Thelma W. Utt Scholarship

Deadline: February 1st

Established by the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs (VFGC), the Thelma W. Utt Scholarship is available each year for up to $2,000 to junior, senior, and graduate students who are studying agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, environmental science, ecology, or other related subjects. Eligible applicants must be residents of Virginia, be enrolled full-time in an accredited institution, have a solid scholastic record, and exhibit initiative in a garden-related field.

Contact

Thelma W. Utt Scholarship
1800 Lakeside Avenue
Richmond, VA 23228
(804) 262-9887
[email protected]

23. Virginia Ruff Women’s Scholarship

Deadline: June 30th

In honor of a 50-year member of the Bedford Professional Women (BPW) who devoted her career to educating Bedford children as a school librarian, the Virginia Ruff Women’s Scholarship is presented for $1,000 each year to extraordinary women seeking post-secondary education to re-enter the job market for career advancement. Applicants must be 25 years or older, reside within Bedford County, be U.S. citizens, be accepted into an accredited program, and demonstrate financial need to upgrade job skills.

Contact

Virginia Ruff Women’s Scholarship
1629 Oakwood Street
Bedford, VA 24523
(540) 586-9724
[email protected]

24. Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program

Deadline: July 31st

Since its inception in 1972 by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program has provided financial assistance to Virginia residents who are attending accredited private non-profit universities within the state. In order to receive up to $3,100 in funding, qualified individuals must be enrolled full-time as undergraduate or graduate students, attending an eligible institution, and pursuing a health-related degree.

Contact

Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program
101 North 14th Street 10th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-2600
[email protected]

25. Walton Mahon Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 3rd

In collaboration with the Community Foundation of Rappahannock River Region (CFRRR), the Union First Market Bank has created the Walton Mahon Scholarship Fund to honor his 42 years of devoted service by providing $1,000 annual awards in his name. Eligible candidates must reside within Caroline County of Virginia, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, plan to attend a community college or four-year university in the state, be pursuing a career in business, and demonstrate financial need for assistance.

Contact

Walton Mahon Scholarship Fund
725 Jackson Street Suite 114
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 373-9292
[email protected]

Between rising tuition expenses, academic fees, textbook supplies, room and board, and other costs associated with higher education, it may seem impossible to save money while pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. However, plentiful financial aid resources can help to dramatically reduce the financial burden of college as well as minimize your need to accumulate mountains of student loan debt for repayment after graduation. Whether you were born and raised or are moving to the “Old Dominion,” be sure to further investigate these scholarships in Virginia to unlock excellent financial funding opportunities.