Updated October 2, 2017

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Most local scholarships will become available in late December, but start looking at national scholarships now. Below are a few to get you started, but it is not an exhaustive list!

The FAFSA will open for completion on October 1, 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 any time at, and beginning October 1, the FAFSA can be found at

Sign up for an appointment to help complete your FAFSA at

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


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Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship

October 31, 2017

Demonstrated outstanding service and leadership



Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

November 14, 2017

Will attend a four year college; 3.5+ GPA; 1200+ SAT or 26+ ACT; family has financial need ($95,000 or less combined family income)

Up to full tuition


Silver Pen Essay Contest – RidgeCrest, Mt. Airy, NC

December 9, 2017

600-1000 word essay on the following topic: Should students be allowed to grade their teachers? If so, what grade would this begin? What would the teachers be graded on and how would it be measured? Would this influence their pay or Supervisor evaluation at the end of the year?

$500, $750, $1000 or $1500


VFW Patriot’s Pen: Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

October 15, 2017

Essay contest

Up to $30,000


VFW Patriot’s Pen: America’s Gift to My Generation Essay Contest

October 15, 2017

Essay contest

Up to $5000


Virginia Mayflower Society Essay Contest

March 19, 2018

3.0+ GPA; essay contest




Scholarship search engines and resources:

  • 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.




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