Scholarships at SWCC
The web application for 2014-2015 SWCC Foundation & Institutional Scholarships is open.
Please read all information on this page regarding deadlines, eligibility criteria & application process prior to submitting your application for SWCC Institutional & Foundation scholarships.
Note: Please be aware that you are applying for scholarships for 2014-15 which will go into effect in the Fall of 2014. A comprehensive listing of 2014-15 scholarships to be awarded will be published at a later date. The paper application form to apply for Scholarships requiring signatures or other additional information will also be posted to this site at a later date.
Application Deadlines for Institutional & Foundation Scholarships
2014 high school graduates must apply by midnight on Monday, April 14, 2014.
Returning SWCC students and other applicants (such as GED recipients or those transferring in) must apply by midnight on Monday, June 2, 2014.
SWCC Eligibility Criteria & Application Process
General criteria for SWCC Institutional & Foundation Scholarship awards:
1- You must complete all SWCC admission requirements which include
–Completion of college application
–Selecting a Program of study during application (required for Financial Aid)
–Completing assessment tests as indicated
2- All students with a 3.0 (B) GPA or greater are encouraged to apply for scholarships. However, some scholarships do accept lower GPAs.
Foundation & Institutional Scholarship Application Process
1. If you are out of high school and have attended SWCC your high school transcript is NOT required. Otherwise your high school transcript is required. Download and print the High School Transcript Request and submit it to your high school with a request that the transcript be directed to the attention of Dr. Natalie Chambers-Ramsey.
2. Submit your essay by email attachment to Natalie.Chambers@sw.edu
Your essay is an extremely important factor in the selection process and is required to be submitted by the application deadline. Please put forth your very best effort.
Your essay must be at least two typed pages, double-spaced, using a 12 pitch font. Be sure to include your name and EMPLID or User Name on the top of each page. Once completed, save your essay with a filename using your lastname and firstname. FOR EXAMPLE: John Doe MS Word Document essay is named doejohn.doc
ESSAY TOPICS FOR 2014-15 – Please choose ONE
Topic 1: Describe how attending SWCC will help you to achieve your goals.
Topic 2: What or who do you feel is your greatest contributor to your academic & personal success and why.
3. Complete the online scholarship application. Each scholarship details any specific eligibility criteria within its listing. Based on your application responses, the Scholarship office will match you with scholarships for which you meet the criteria and you will be automatically considered for all scholarships in the 2014-15 Foundation & Institutional Scholarship listing for which you qualify.
–Available scholarships may change. A current listing will be posted in the spring of each application year. The listing for the 2013-14 award year is provided here as a reference. 2013-14 Foundation & Institutional Scholarships Listing
–Completion of the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required for scholarship award, but is encouraged.
–Information about scholarships can also be found online at the Virginia Education Wizard.
QUESTIONS? Office Telephone: 276.964.7292, T-109 Inside Financial Aid T-104
Email Address: Natalie.Chambers@sw.edu
Mailing Address: Dr. Natalie Chambers-Ramsey, Southwest Virginia Community College, PO Box SVCC, Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101
Scholarships listed below must be submitted to the address on the application by the due date. PLEASE do not submit these applications to SWCC.
Blankenship-Justice Scholarship - Application must be postmarked by March 31st, 2014
Columbus- Phipps Scholarship – Application deadline is May 15, 2014.
Health Focus of Virginia Scholarship – Application must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2014.
National Science Foundation Scholarship – Application deadline is May 31, 2014.
Community College STEM Scholarship – Applications must received by March 17, 2014
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) encourages academically talented individuals to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The VSGC offers a limited number of scholarship opportunities to students majoring in STEM at any campus in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).
Download the pdf flyer for more information or to apply now go to the website at http://www.vsgc.odu.edu
Virginia Tech Transfer Students Engineering Scholarships – Application deadline is June 2, 2014