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Virginia Scholarships

Virginia is known as the Old Dominion and also as the Mother of Presidents. This last one is because eight of our Presidents have called Virginia their home. The state economy is comprised of several important sectors, including technology, commerce and agriculture. The federal government is also a key player in the Virginia economy as several key government departments have offices in Virginia including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense.

The state of Virginia offers over 130 choices when it comes to colleges, universities and trade schools. These schools come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. Larger schools such as the University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, James Madison University and Virginia State University attract much talent and many students. Smaller schools such as Lynchburg College and Emory and Henry College feature smaller class sizes and a more individualized learning environment.

Individuals looking for college scholarships in Virginia will encounter several pathways to funding. Private scholarship money is awarded for factors ranging from gender and ethnicity to stellar grades and community involvement. Scholarships are also awarded for students pursing certain college majors. These may include nursing, education, engineering, animal science, broadcasting and many more.

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Virginia Museum Undergraduate Fellowships

Undergraduate Students You are eligible to apply if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, as well as a current legal resident of Virginia, and have been so for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. You must also continue to be a legal resident of Virginia for the Fellowship period. A legal resident has a valid Virginia driver’s license. and/or pays income taxes in Virginia, and/or is a registered Virginia voter. Students paying in-state tuition to an accredited Virginia college, university, or school of the arts qualify as legal residents of Virginia. If you are a legal Virginia resident but attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts outside of the state full-time, you may still apply. Applicants must be able to provide verification of residency upon request. If you attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts in Virginia but do not qualify for in-state tuition, you may not apply for a VMFA Fellowship until you establish Virginia residency. You are eligible to apply if you are planning to be enrolled full-time and qualify as a Virginia resident, as outlined above, for the entire academic year at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts. Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards (worth $2,000) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate.

Virginia Museum Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Students You are eligible to apply if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, as well as a current legal resident of Virginia, and have been so for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. You must also continue to be a legal resident of Virginia for the Fellowship period. A legal resident has a valid Virginia driver’s license, and/or pays income taxes in Virginia, and/or is a registered Virginia voter. Students paying in-state tuition to an accredited Virginia college, university, or school of the arts qualify as legal residents of Virginia. If you are a legal Virginia resident but attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts outside of the state full-time, you may still apply. Applicants must be able to provide verification of residency upon request. If you attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts in Virginia but do not qualify for in-state tuition, you may not apply for a VMFA Fellowship until you establish Virginia residency. You are eligible to apply if you are planning to be enrolled full-time and qualify as a Virginia resident, as outlined above, for the entire academic year at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts. Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards (worth $3,000) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate.

AOTF District of Columbia Scholarship

Applicants must be currently enrolled and have completed at least 1 year of occupational therapy specific coursework in an AOTA accredited or developing post-professional level program OR enrolled in an occupational therapy assistant program. One scholarship awarded annually to a student currently enrolled in the occupational therapy education program at the Howard University and who resides in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (i.e., the District of Columbia, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia). Scholarship amount TBD.

Vienna Woman's Club College Scholarship

This financial grant is awarded to graduating seniors with a Vienna home address (22180 through 22182). Applicants must have applied to a 2 or 4 year college such as NOVA, George Mason or other accredited technical school with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The following documents must be included in the mailing to the Vienna Woman's Club. If any of these 6 documents are not provided the applicant will be disqualified: (1) Completed Application, (2) Personal Letter, (3) Official Transcript of High School Grades, (4) High School Activity Record, (5) Evaluation Letter from Faculty Member, (6) Copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR).

Aerospace Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program

The VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program provides awards of up to $8,500 to rising juniors and seniors who are enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. Awards are one-year, non-renewable scholarships. Students may apply for the following: a $3,000 student stipend during the academic year and/or a $3,500 stipend during summer (must be specified in application) plus, $1,000 research allocation for materials and travel to support research activities conducted during the academic year and/or $1,000 research allocation during the summer (if doing summer research). The maximum award per year cannot exceed $8,500. This is a competitive scholarship program, funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia contributions, with the goals of: Promoting undergraduate aerospace research while recognizing high academic achievement and promise Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aerospace-related careers Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Eligibility: Must be U.S. citizen Must enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions Must have completed at least two years of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the academic year (must have at least junior status by summer if choosing this option) Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA’s mission Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Please check the website for any changes in deadline of application

Aerospace Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be Student at NASA enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. The purpose of the VSGC Graduate STEM Rresearch Fellowship program is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in the aerospace industry that support NASA’s mission. Awardees will be required to certify through their academic department that basic research support of at least $5,000 in matching funds is also being provided before funds are released. These Fellowships are intended to enhance basic graduate support such as graduate research assistanships, graduate teaching assistanships, and non-federal scholarships and fellowships. Graduate Research Fellowships require that students participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA’s mission. Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. This is a competitive fellowship program and awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise. Goals: Encouraging undergraduate students in STEM and aerospace-related fields of study to continue to the graduate level Promote graduate aerospace-related research, while recognizing high academic achievement and promise Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities, females and students with disabilities in aerospace-related careers Implementing the goals of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen Must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions May apply prior to entering or anytime during your graduate program Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA’s mission Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Please check the website for any changes in deadline of application.

Virginia Tech Engineering/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Prospective applicants must be accepted into general engineering at Virginia Tech. Most recipients of this scholarship will have 1400 SAT and rank in the top 3% of their senior class. One $2,000 freshman scholarship will be awarded. Recipients are encouraged to join the Virginia Tech Student Chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers and to participate in one of the automotive-related design projects.

ASHRAE David C. J. Peters Scholarship

A one-year $5,000 scholarship available annually to a qualified undergraduate mechanical engineering student enrolled full-time in a four or five year bachelor degree program at one of the institutions listed below. The scholarship was created by Southland Industries in honor of David Peters, a tireless advocate of recruiting quality and ASHRAE member. California State University (CSU) at Chico San Diego Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Cal Maritime Long Beach Pennsylvania State University North Carolina State University Virginia Tech Clemson University University of Nebraska at Lincoln Omaha University of Nevada at Las Vegas Reno Oklahoma State University University of Texas at Austin Applicants must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a scale where 4.0 is the highest and/or a class standing of no less than the top 30% and submit the following on or before the application deadline: Official transcript of college grades (College freshmen whose grades are not available by the application deadline must submit an official transcript of high school grades and verification of enrollment in a post-secondary educational institution). Transcript must be mailed. Photocopies will not be accepted. Three signed letters of recommendation as follows: one from an instructor or faculty advisor, one from a current or past employer, and one from another character reference (other than a family member). In the case of institutions with an ASHRAE student branch, a letter from the faculty advisor of that branch may be one of the three letters of recommendation.

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.

MusicAuthority’s Annual Music Lovers Scholarship

MusicAuthority recognizes the positive impact that music can have on a student’s learning experience. Studies have shown how music can enhance learning- from improving memory performance to relieving anxiety, music can be a great component to aid a student’s college experience. We are proud to offer our $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student. We will be offering this scholarship on a continual basis and we are excited to promote a passion for music and higher education.

Tractor Supply Company Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture. Applicant must complete financial analysis section of application and exhibit financial need. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia or Wisconsin required. Recipients shall allow Tractor Supply Company to use photographs of themselves and their families in company advertising.AWARD: Approximately one scholarship at $3,000. Not guaranteed.

Fastline Publications Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

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