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Title The Community Foundation of Richmond Scholarships
Amount Various
Deadline 2017-03-02

SENIORS:  Be sure to check out this website!!  The Foundation offers numerous scholarships that might be for you!  Please visit to view all of the scholarships offered and to get an application.  Please note that several of the scholarships are specific to individual schools or geographic regions.  The Christopher Gray Rawlings Scholarship and the George Chancellor Rawlings III Scholarship are 2 that are available for James Monroe students.

Title The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region Scholarship Program
Amount various
Deadline 2017-03-05

The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock River Region offers over 60 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to attend college in the fall.  The Foundation asks that interested students apply online at   Be sure to check out this great opportunity-  many of these scholarships were awarded to James Monroe students last year!!  Specific ones to look for are:  The Crittenden R. Sullivan Scholarship, the George A. And Lucy Mae Scholarship, the Paul E. Neri Memorial Scholarship, the Lee Wingate Pappandreou Drama Award, and the Kenneth T. Whitescarver III Memorial Scholarship.

Students can also visit to get more information on new funds that have been added since last year.

Title State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship
Deadline 2017-03-01

Do you know high school seniors planning to attend college, technical, or vocational school?

The State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship doesn’t require a high GPA, but rather focuses on students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities and demonstrate financial need.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a 2017 graduating high school senior.
  • High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA between a 2.5 and 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Plan to enroll full-time for the 2017-18 academic year at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

The deadline is March 1, 2017 or the first 700 submitted applications.


Title UNCF STEM Scholarship
Deadline 2017-02-23

Tiered tuition scholarships up to a total of $25,000

  • $2,500—freshmen and sophomores academic years
  • $5,000—juniors and seniors academic years
  • An additional $5,000—fifth-year students
  • A $5,000 internship stipend for a STEM-related project

Participation in:

  • K-12 STEM Summer Institute (pre-college)
  • UNCF Student Tech Empowerment Workshop

Career-development support:

  • Mentoring, training and education
  • Access to entrepreneurial training in launching new tech ventures through competitive venture accelerator program

Apply online:
Deadline: February 23, 2017, 11:59 EST

General Eligibility: African American; 3.0 GPA; high school senior entering U.S.-accredited college or university Fall 2017; demonstrated unmet or financial need; U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident

T 202 810 0331


Title Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship
Amount various
Deadline 2017-02-03

Written essay about Generals R. E. Lee and/or Stonewall Jackson


The objective of this scholarship is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of two of Virginia’s most famous military figures, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.  There are 18 awards available to Virginia high school juniors and seniors submitting outstanding analytical essays on the two men.  Please visit for more information and applications.  Please submit completed applications to Mrs. Stinchcomb by February 3, 2017.

Title Virginia State Golf Association Scholarship
Deadline 2017-02-22
Location Colleges within the Commonwealth of Virginia

The criteria for the scholarship are based on academic achievement, an interest in golf (skill level not important), character, and financial need.  For more information, please visit


Title AJ Slye Memorial Scholarship
Amount $1,000
Deadline 2017-03-06

> Be a graduating senior at Stafford County Public Schools, Spotsylvania County Public Schools or Fredericksburg City Public Schools.  One scholarship will be awarded.

> Has been immediately impacted by a cancer diagnosis (parent or guardian, sibling or self)

> Will attend a full-time accredited 4-year college or university in the fall of 2017.

(Family Members of the SlyeStrong#6 Foundation Board are not eligible.)


Andrew John “AJ” Slye was a 2012 graduate of North Stafford High School.  A favorite amongst his classmates and teachers, AJ was a great student and a tenacious athlete on the baseball diamond and football field.  He was a young man with strong character, piercing blue eyes, and an infectious smile.  Upon returning home from his first semester at Salisbury University, AJ was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a form of blood cell cancer.  His fight to beat cancer began at the University of Virginia Hospital, transitioned to John’s Hopkins Hospital and unfortunately ended on February 27, 2014 at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Over 14 months, multiple rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant reduced AJ’s body from a strong, fit football player to a thin, battle-weary shell of a young man.  But the cancer did not touch this warrior’s heart which steadily grew stronger.  Through every setback he faced, his trust and faith in God became deeper, and his resolve became ever-increasing.  His spirit and that infectious smile incredibly united and inspired an entire community.

The SlyeStrong#6 Foundation has been established in loving memory and honor of Andrew “AJ” Slye who is a testament to us all regarding how to endure and enlighten in the face of hardship.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, please pick up a copy of the application from Mrs. Stinchcomb in the counseling center.

Title Greater Rappahannock Chapter(VA) of The Links, Inc. Scholarship
Amount $1,000
Deadline 2017-03-17

The Greater Rappahannock (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was founded to enrich, sustain and ensure the culture and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African ancestry within our community.

The Greater Rappahannock (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is pleased to announce its annual scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to five outstanding African-American students, two females and two males in this  area in the amount of $1,000.00, which is non-renewable.  An additional scholarship, the Sandra Holland King Education Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be given to a student majoring in the field of Education.

For additional information or questions, please e-mail Ms. Latonia Talley at   You may pick up an application from Mrs. Stinchcomb in the JMHS Counseling Center.

Title The Ceili Anne Leahy Service Scholarship
Deadline 2017-04-25

This scholarship is awarded to

  • A student who has made significant contributions to his/her school or local community by demonstrating several of Ceili’s attributes, OR
  • A student who plans to pursue education and a career in a field related to one of the following:  peace studies, human rights, sustainability and the environment, global development, environmental education, or writing.

JM seniors with a GPA of 2.0 or higher may apply; or, students may be nominated by JM faculty, staff, or administrators.


This scholarship honors the legacy of Ceili Anne Leahy, a member of the James Monroe High School Class of 2014.

Ceili fought cancer with grace and dignity as she continued her high school studies and extra-curricular activities.  She graduated in 2014 and attended the University of Virginia that fall.  Ceili died in January 2016.

Ceili was an excellent student but, more importantly, an exceptional person with a strong commitment to public service.  She cared deeply about people, human rights, justice, and the environment.  Ceili worked tirelessly to improve the human condition and the natural world.  She was a great friend and colleague who had the ability to bring out the best in those around her, helping others to see the inherent goodness in themselves.  She led by example and through the passion she demonstrated for her beliefs.  She was creative, particularly in writing, and loved to laugh, travel, and learn about other cultures.

Ceili was president of JM’s French and Amnesty International Clubs.  At UVa she studied global sustainability and was active with Habitat for Humanity, the Community Garden, and the Outdoors Club.  She planned to join the Peace Corps after college and pursue a career in global sustainability and writing.

Scholarship funds may be used for post-secondary educational expenses including tuition, books, fees, room and board.  (Post-secondary education can include college/university, vocational school, trade school, etc.)  Pick up an application in the JMHS Counseling Center.

Title SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes
Amount $500
Deadline 2017-04-30



Win a $500 scholarship for education expenses at a college or private career school.  One winner will be chosen every two weeks from October 30, 2015 through May 15, 2016.  For details, please visit

Title Falmouth High School Alumni Association Bill Bolton Scholarship
Deadline 2017-04-05

Must be a direct descendant of Falmouth High School Alumni


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be a DIRECT descendant of a person who attended Falmouth High School between the years of 1931-1956.  The recipient is chosen on the merits of this application by a judging committee of the Alumni Association.  Please see Mrs. Stinchcomb in the JMHS Counseling Center to get an application.

Title Fredericksburg Area Service League Scholarships
Amount $1,000
Deadline 2017-03-31

The FASL is a philanthropic women’s organization committed to improving the lives of area children through fundraising events and volunteer hours.  The league will present 8 scholarships to young men and women who attend public high school in Fredericksburg, Stafford, Caroline, King George, or Spotsylvania.  Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit 2 letters of recommendation.  An essay is also required.  Pick up an application from Mrs. Stinchcomb in the JMHS Counseling Center.

Title Fredericksburg Area Service League Scholarships
Amount $1,000
Deadline 2017-03-31

The FASL is offering this scholarship to applicants in the Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania areas.  Candidates must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit two letters of recommendation, one from a school administrator/faculty member and one from a community member.  Applicants must also submit a 250-500 word essay.  Preference willl be given to those who have demonstrated an interest and a commitment to the well-being and growth of children through volunteerism.  See Mrs. Stinchcomb in the JMHS Counseling Center for an application.

Title Virginia Credit Union Success Scholarship
Amount $1,000
Deadline 2017-03-31

We are happy to announce that the Success Scholarship is now available online. Please apply at:   Closing date for the scholarship is March 31, 2017.  Please keep in mind that students are responsible for mailing an official transcript to Virginia Credit Union.

Title NHS Scholarship Program
Deadline 2017-02-01

Record Amount Being Awarded through 2016-17 NHS Scholarship Program

This academic year, a total of $1 million—a new record amount—will be awarded to outstanding senior members of the National Honor Society (NHS) through the prestigious NHS Scholarship program. Any senior NHS member in good standing may apply. The application link for NHS-affiliated schools, as well as the complete breakdown of award amounts and additional information, can be found at The application deadline is February 1, 2017. NASSP is the parent organization of the National Honor Society.

Title University of Michigan Bell Scholarship
Amount up to $80,000 over 4 years
Deadline 2017-02-01
Location University of Michigan

Applicant must be pursuing a degree in a scientific field at the University of Michigan


The Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Scholarship Program provides support for students in scientific fields such as engineering, math, physics, and computer science.  It is based on academic accomplishments rather than financial need.  Please visit for detailed information and to apply.

Title Scholarships for Minority Students
Amount various

There are many scholarships available for minority students online.  If you are interested, please visit

Title Student Scholarships Website
Amount various
Deadline 2014-06-01

Check out for a number of great scholarship opportunities for Fredericksburg area students! Specific ones you may want to check out are the Global Lift Equipment Scholarship, the Horatio Alger Scholarship, the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award, Odenza Marketing Group Volunteer Scholarship, the Peter Pasula Study Habits Scholarship, and the Maple Leaf Dentistry Scholarship.  Go to  to apply.

Title Rappahannock Emergency Medical Services Scholarship
Amount $1,000
Deadline 2016-04-22

For EMS affiliated seniors


This scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who has been affiliated within the Rappahannock EMS Region for at least 6 months, and who is currently enrolled or will be enrolled in an institution of higher learning or an accredited ALS training program in the coming year.  Apply online at  or pick up an application from Mrs. Stinchcomb in the Counseling Center.  No handwritten applications will be accepted.

Title UVA Engineering Scholarship
Location UVA

Interest in Engineering


Students interested in the field of Engineering will be reviewed for scholarships. Typically, these students have excelled academically in science and math. They are ususally in the top 20% of their class. For more details, please visit

Title The Akron Advantage Freshman Award Programs
Amount up to $7,700
Location University of Akron

Academic Excellence


The Akron Advantage Blue Award is a $4,700 scholarship with the following criteria:   high school GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; ACT composite score minimum of 21 or SAT combined test score minimum of 1000; and applicant must be a  dependent of a UA alumnus/alumna.

The Akron Advantage Gold Award is a $7,700 scholarship with the following criteria:  high school GPA minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale; applicant must be in top 10% of high school class; ACT composite score minimum of 27 or SAT combined test score minimum of 1200.

For more information, please visit

Title For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology (FIRST) Scholarship

Must be part of the Robotics Team


Students must be on the Robotics Team for one season and have plans to go to college for a degree in science, math, engineering or technology.  For information regarding applications and deadlines, please visit the main website at  For a list of other scholarship offers, please visit  You may also see Mr. Foley in room 100 if you have questions.

Title Questbridge Scholarship Program

This program works with high achieving low income students by providing academic and financial support to college.  This is a matching and binding process that guarantees low income students a full four year scholarship.  UVA is a partner school with this program.  Visit for information.

Title Website

Visit to find numerous scholarships for which you may be eligible.  Scholarships for Virginia Students include:  The Gilbraitti Scholarship, Youth Volunteer Scholarship, Healthy Choices Scholarship, Scholarship by Design Award, Caretenders Scholarship, LM Scholarship, the Rogers Community Volunteer Scholarship, the Sedary & Associates Scholarship, and the Lift Parts Express Scholarship.

Title ECPI University Scholarship
Deadline 2017-01-30

Scholarship Eligibility

All high school seniors planning to attend ECPI University’s Northern Virginia campus are eligible to apply.

Scholarship Availability

We offer a limited number of scholarships each year to students pursuing an Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science Degree. Scholarship applications must be submitted

by Monday, January 30, 2017. Recipients may also apply for all other Financial Aid programs.

Application Requirements

Scholarship application must include:

• Scholarship application (must be complete and legible)

• Official high school transcript

• Two letters of recommendation (at least one from a teacher or counselor)

• Typed personal essay (250 words minimum) explaining your reasons for pursuing higher education at ECPI University

Selection Procedure

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the ECPI University Scholarship Board based upon the following criteria:

• Attendance record during the last three years of high school

• Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in subject areas closely related to the career choice or by a counselor recommendation

• Successful fulfillment of all requirements for acceptance to ECPI University and application submitted

• Scholarship application essay

• Teacher or counselor recommendations

If you have any questions, please call 1.866.708.6175

Title Optimist Club Essay Scholarship
Deadline 2017-01-31

The Fredericksburg Optimist Club is offering students the opportunity to participate in the Optimist International Essay Contest.  They have selected one school from each school system to participate so they can get a feel for how many participants we will have. This contest is not just for Seniors, this contest is open to all high school students.

The topic is: Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges

I’ve attached the application, which includes the specific directions that must be followed.

Essays need to be submitted to me no later than January 31, 2017.

Essays will be judged at the local club level, where the winners will move on to the District level where $2,500 in scholarship money is awarded to the winner.

Pick up an application from Mrs. Stinchcomb in the counseling center.

Title National Beta Scholarship Program
Amount $1,000-$15,000
Deadline 2017-01-26

National Beta will award over $300,000 in scholarships to outstanding Beta members.  A step-by-step guide to applying for the scholarships can be found at  Click “Apply Now” for details.

Title Radford University Theatre Scholarships
Deadline 2017-01-23
Location Radford University


The Pridemore Scholarship offers a tuition award of $3,000 which is renewable each year if the student keeps a minumum 3.0 GPA at Radford University, and a consistent involvement in theatre.  Students applying must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 0n a 4.0 scale and combined SATs of 1100 or an ACT of 24.  Applicants must also be able to demonstrate an outstanding level of achievement in theatre through an audition or portfolio.

Also offered:  The GeorgAnne Voland Buck Scholarship:  $1,400 for the first year only.

NOTE:  Students must complete an application for admission to Radford University first.  Application must be completed by January 23, 2017.

For more information, please visit

Title VA JCI Scholarship
Deadline 2017-01-20

The Virginia Junior Chamber International Senate is proud to offer the future leaders of America this scholarship.  The application and requirements may be found at



Title UVA Walter N. Ridley Scholarship
Amount $2,500-$12,500
Location UVA

African American Students


The Black Alumni Association sponsors this scholarship designed to support African American Students who have chosen to go to UVA.  These students typically have excelled academically in school and are usually in the top 15% of their class, and have special talents and/or leadership qualities.  For more information, please visit .