Last updated March 28, 2018

First Steps

The FAFSA is now available online, and every senior interested in any educational plan after high school should plan to complete it as soon as possible. Students and parents can create accounts at, and the FAFSA can be found at

**Students planning to attend Patrick Henry Community College: PH-specific scholarships can be found here; please see me before filling out any of the following scholarship or loan applications**

Local Scholarships

The deadline for most local scholarships has passed. See the chart below for current scholarship offerings.


Virginia Tobacco Region Loan Forgiveness Program - Read these terms carefully. This program offers up to $2000 per school year as a loan which has the option to be forgiven for each year you work in the “tobacco region” after graduation. Do not think of this as a scholarship, because you are obligated to repay it if you do not return to the area after college. Applications due April 13 by 4:00 PM.

Charles C. Powell Foundation Loan - Loan available to students from Patrick County: Very low interest rate (2%) and interest does not start accruing until 6 months after you leave school (graduation, drop out, etc.); payments are not due until 6 months after leaving school

Beverly W. Grogan & Mable Tudor Grogan Educational Fund (Loan) - Loan provided by BB&T in Martinsville at interest rate comparable to federal student loans (4.5%). Interest does not start accruing until 6 months after you leave school (graduation, drop out, etc.); payments are not due until 6 months after leaving school

Stuart Rotary Club Loan – Loan provided by Stuart Rotary Club at 3.5% interest rate. Offers up to $1500 per year. Interest does not start accruing until 6 months after you leave school (graduation, drop out, etc.); payments are not due until 6 months after leaving school


See Ms. Rosenthal in her office next to guidance with any questions, or contact her at or 276-694-7137 ext. 241.



Due Date




Pathways to Science scholarships





Student-View Scholarship

April 22, 2018

15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area – awarded by random drawing

$500, $1000, $4000


Darby Hayes Consulting Blogging Scholarship

June 16, 2018

Must write and publish a 700-1000 word blog post about one of the given topics



Nursing Schools Almanac Scholarship

August 31, 2018

Pursuing nursing degree, 500-word essay



Esperanza Education Fund Scholarship

March 30, 2018

Must be born outside the U.S. or have two parents born outside the U.S.; must be enrolling at a public college



EventZone Scholarship for the Arts

April 13, 2018

Planning to major or minor in music, dance, theater, sculpture, painting, photography, drawing



Hughes Memorial Foundation Scholarship

April 4, 2018

Financial need, 2.5+ GPA



Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship

March 31, 2018

3.0+ GPA, family income <$50,000, 500-1000 word essay on role model



Spencer-Penn Alumni Association Scholarship

April 15, 2018

Attended Spencer-Penn Elementary or direct descendant of SPES alumnus



VABA Aviation Scholarship

March 31, 2018

Pursuing career related to aviation, 3.0+ GPA, essay on why aviation is important, letters of rec



Foster Care to Success

March 31, 2018

Must have been in foster care for the 12 consecutive months leading up 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship after 16th birthday; OR have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of 18th birthday and not subsequently adopted



Nitro College Scholarship Sweepstakes

December 31, 2018 (multiple deadlines)

Survey and social media activity



Armenian Education Center Scholarship

April 9, 2018

Research essay: How do we know the Armenian Genocide really happened?



URW Community Federal Credit Union Scholarship

April 6, 2018

URW Community Federal members for at least 9 months, commitment to community service, leadership, and academics



Cosmopolitan Club of Roanoke Annual Track Meet Scholarship

April 5, 2018

Participate in the Cosmo Track Meet; top half of your graduating class

$3500 each to one male and one female


VALS Legal Professional Scholarship

April 1, 2018

Planning to enter legal field: attorney, paralegal, legal assistant, law enforcement, court system, criminal justice, etc.

Two $2000 awards


Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association Virginia’s Future Leaders Scholarship

March 30, 2018

Essay on why you will be one of Virginia’s future leaders



Bay Alarm Medical Scholarship

March 31, 2018

Essay on service you have done with elderly adults

$3500, $2000, $1000


Scholarships for Children of Migrant Worker Families





Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship

March 31, 2018

Demonstrated leadership, 3.0+ GPA, financial need



My Political Hero Essay Contest

May 1, 2018

Essay about a living Virginia resident you admire



Dixie Baseball Bernie Varnadore Scholarship

April 1, 2018

Participated in Dixie Baseball program

11 $1250 awards


Great Clips Scholarship

March 31, 2018

Attending cosmetology school



Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

April 1, 2018

Academic achievement, commitment to public service, financial need

$2000 per year


Quit Smoking Scholarship

May 31, 2018

Essay on smoking cessation



Redefining Ready Scholarship

April 2, 2018

30 second video posted to social media describing factors that help you prepare for college aside from just grades and test scores




Scholarship search engines and resources:

  • – Resource that compares scholarship search engines and provides tips on submitting quality applications
  • – Scholarship search engine
  • Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college.
  •  Fastweb – Create a profile and let Fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
  • CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
  • Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
  • Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
  •– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
  • Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
  • KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
  • HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
  • American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
  • Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
  • UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
  • Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.

Information about student loans

  • LendEDU – compare private lender options


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