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Financial Aid                                                 

•For any type of federal student aid, and to initiate the financial aid process from college financial aid offices, students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) any time after October 1, and it is advisable to complete the form early. Pay careful attention to state and college deadlines. Completing the form online is MUCH preferred and can be done at

•Carefully review the websites and publications from the colleges in which you are interested to learn of college-specific opportunities; they often have separate scholarships for which you must apply.  Some of these deadlines are in the fall, even if the final admissions deadlines are later.  In other cases you will automatically be awarded scholarship money based on factors such as your academic performance or leadership.  Once you are accepted, the admissions office will send you a financial aid letter which shows the grants, loans and scholarships for which you are eligible.

•Contact local civic organizations, churches to which you are connected, or parents’ places of employment to learn of local/regional scholarship opportunities.  The guidance counselor at the public school in your county might have a list.  Also contact your state’s higher education agency for state aid.

•For a variety of national scholarships from many sources, access a website such as or  These are national databases, so you must use narrow criteria in order to find realistic opportunities.  You do not need to pay anyone to search for scholarships for you.

•Other websites that might be of assistance: (also includes links for minority scholarships)


Academic, Athletic and Merit Scholarships Awarded to the Graduating Class of 2018

The following were recognized during graduation weekend as receiving scholarships:  

Mikun A. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY (Garnet Baltimore Scholarship); Virginia Tech (Virginia Tech Grant)

Easton B. – Tampa University, FL (Dean’s Scholarship); Stetson University, FL (Merit Scholarship); Randolph-Macon College, VA (Merit Scholarship)

Jingyi “Carritah” C. – School of the Art Institute Chicago, IL (Merit Scholarship)

Morrissa C. – Radford University, VA (Virginia Program Grant); Ferrum College, VA (Freshman Scholarship, Ferrum Grant); George Mason University, VA (Virginia Program Grant); University of Virginia at Wise (Virginia Merit Award)

Connor C. – Randolph-Macon College, VA (Dean’s Award); Randolph College, VA (Academic Merit Scholarship, Randolph College Grant)

Santiago d.V.C. – Stetson University, FL (Merit Scholarship)

Lauren D. – Emory and Henry College, VA (Trustee Scholarship, Equestrian Scholarship)

Reginald E. – Bridgewater College, VA (Trustee Scholarship); University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC Merit Scholarship)

Jeremy E. – Barton College, NC; Wingate University, NC; University of Valley Forge, PA; Waynesburg University, PA; Campbellsville University, KY; and Messiah College, PA (Academic Merit Scholarships)

Steven E. – Castleton University, VT; Norwich University, VT; University of Valley Forge, PA; Alma College, MI; Lynn University, FL; Randolph College, VA; Regis University, CO; and York College of Pennsylvania (Academic Merit Scholarships); Lynchburg College, VA (Founders Scholarship); Roanoke College, VA (Faculty Award, Roanoke College Award); Emory and Henry College, VA (Trustee Scholarship)

Zihao “Mark” F. – St. Johns University, NY (St. Vincent De Paul Scholarship); St. Lawrence University, NY (International Merit Scholarship); Massachusetts School of Art and Design (Merit Scholarship); Suffolk University, MA (Dean’s Scholarship); Furman University, SC (Dean’s Scholarship); Pratt Institute, NY (Merit Scholarship)

Liam H. – George Mason University, VA (Virginia Program Grant); Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU Tuition Grant, Gateway Grant, Virginia Merit Award); Radford University, VA (Red and Blue Scholarship); Virginia Tech (Virginia Program Grant)

Kristina K. – Alvernia University, PA (Heritage Award); Mercy College, NY (Trustee Scholarship)

Xinhui “Gloria” L. – Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA (Merit Scholarship)

Abby O. – Alvernia University, PA (Achievement Award); Keystone College, PA (Trustee Award); Gannon University, PA (Academic Merit Award)

Sven P. – University of South Carolina (Merit Award)

Jackson R. – Brevard College, NC (Alumni Scholarship)

Bolu S. – Xavier University, OH (Xavier Merit Scholarship); Albright College, PA (Lion Achievement Award, Presidential Scholarship); Lebanon Valley College, MI (Board of Trustees Scholarship)

Sarah S. – Longwood University, VA (Merit Scholarship)

Hannah S. – Queens University of Charlotte, NC (University Scholarship)

Xian “Alice” W. – Bridgewater College, VA (International Scholarship; BC Diversity Grant, BC Dream Award)

Wolfgang W. – Elon University, NC (Academic Merit Scholarship); University of North Carolina at Asheville (Academic Merit Scholarship)

K’Juan W. – Stetson University, FL (Hatter Scholarship); Xavier University, OH (Xavier Award, Muskie Grant); Barry University, FL (Merit Scholarship)

The following student-athletes were recognized for receiving scholarships:

Keldon J. – University of Kentucky

Keyontae J. – University of Florida

Eddy K. – Central Arkansas University

David M. – University of Kansas

Christian M. – Chipola College, FL

Will R. – University of Oregon

Idy S. – San Francisco State University, CA