Smyth County Scholarships

These scholarships are administered by Foundation for Roanoke Valley.  APPLICATION DEADLINE:  By 5:00 p.m. on MARCH 4, 2014, unless otherwise noted (Not a postmarked deadline).  You must submit all application and supplemental materials to Foundation for Roanoke Valley, ATTN:  Michelle Eberly, P.O. Box 1159, Roanoke, VA 24006.  Applications may also be hand delivered to the Foundation’s office located at The Patrick Henry, 611 South Jefferson Street, Suite 8 (Second Floor), Roanoke, VA  24011.  All incomplete and late packages will not be accepted!

Margaret Jones Irvin Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree.

  • Be a Virginia resident.
  • Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • Must submit your Student Aid Report (SAR) to be eligible.

Marion Senior High School Memorial Scholarship Fund for Music, Art,
the Performing Arts, and Education

Typical Grant $400

Fund provides undergraduate higher education scholarships to gifted Marion Senior High School graduates based on their potential to develop an existing talent in music, art, the performing arts, and their desire to enhance that ability.  Education majors will be considered on their potential to develop skills in the field of teaching or research and their desire to enhance that ability.

  • Be a graduating senior from Marion Senior High School.
  • Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
  • Pursue a degree in music, art, the performing arts, or education.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to complete college-level studies.
  • Show evidence of usage of the applicant’s music, art and/or performing arts abilities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • ESSAY TOPIC:  Explain how this grant will help you achieve your goals in music, art, performing arts, and/or education.

Walter M. Otey, III Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $2,000

Fund provides scholarships to talented and needy young men and women to obtain a college education.  The Fund perpetuates Mr. Otey’s interest in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Roanoke College’s programs.

•     ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR ROANOKE COLLEGE APPLICANTS:

  • Be a Virginia Resident.
  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Enroll on a full-time basis at Roanoke College and either be a music major or perform in one or more of Roanoke College’s recognized choral or instrumental ensembles.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • ESSAY TOPIC:  (CHOOSE ONE) What are your reasons for seeking a college education and why are scholarship funds important? Why is it important for young people to volunteer their time helping others in the community?  What are the two most serious challenges facing young people today and how would you address these challenges?  (Maximum of three typed pages.)

•     ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR VIRGINIA TECH APPLICANTS:

  • Be a Virginia resident.
  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Enroll on a full-time basis in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech).
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • ESSAY TOPIC:  (CHOOSE ONE) What are your reasons for seeking a college education and why are scholarship funds important?  Why is it important for young people to volunteer their time helping others in the community?  What are the two most serious challenges facing young people today and how would you address these challenges?  (Maximum of three typed pages.)
  • Students must have already submitted a FAFSA form and received a Student Aid Report (SAR) which reports your “Expected Family Contribution”.

Kenneth D. Twitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund
(Deadline: May 23, 2014)
Typical Grant $2,000

Fund provides educational scholarships and charitable financial aid.

  • Be a child of an hourly employee of Branch & Associates, Inc.
  • The parent of the applicant must have worked full-time for the company for at least one year as of the date of the application for a scholarship.
  • Demonstrate financial need.

NOTE:  Family members of Kenneth Twitchell or of the company founders or executives are not eligible.

The Dianne E. H. Wilcox Scholarship Fund
Typical Grant $1,000

Fund provides higher education scholarship assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree.

  • Be a Virginia resident.
  • Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four-year college or university.