Scholarships at SWCC

The application for the 2015-2016 Scholarship award year is open. 2015 high school graduates, and current or returning SWCC students, must submit their application by the end of the day on Tuesday, March 31st.

This page provides information regarding deadlines, eligibility criteria & application process for the SWCC Institutional & Foundation Scholarships. External scholarship application links are located at the end of this page.

General criteria for SWCC Institutional & Foundation Scholarship awards:

1- You must complete all SWCC admission requirements which include
–Completion of college application (EmplID is required for Scholarship Application)
–Selection of a Program of study during application (required for Financial Aid)
–Completion of assessment tests as indicated

2- To be considered for a Scholarship award you must complete the FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at (SWCC’s code – 007260)

3- All students with a 2.5 GPA or greater are encouraged to apply for scholarships. However, some scholarships do accept lower GPAs.

Application Process for SWCC Institutional & Foundation Scholarship awards:

Step 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 Stacey McGhee at the address below.

Step 2. ESSAY Your essay is an important factor in the selection process and is required to be submitted with your scholarship application. New this year: You will be prompted to type, or copy and paste, your essay (minimum of 400 words) into your online application before you submit. Please prepare your essay before you begin the application.
2015 High School Graduates & Returning Students: “Where do you see yourself in three years from now and how would this SWCC Foundation scholarship help you get there?”
Non-Traditional Students: “Please explain why you would like to obtain a degree from SWCC.”

Step 3. Complete the online scholarship application.   Scholarship Application Form

(If you wish to draft your responses prior to completing the online scholarship application, these samples are available.)  2015 High School GraduatesReturning Students | Non-Traditional Students

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 2015-2016 Foundation Scholarship Listing for which you qualify.

Special Scholarships which require signatures. Download, print and complete the  2015 – 2016 Special Scholarships Application Form to apply for scholarships which require signatures or other supporting documentation.

Check all the special scholarships you qualify for, providing all the detailed information requested, such as any required names and/or signatures. This document and related items must be physically mailed to the address on the application.

External Scholarships

Paper copies of the external scholarship applications are also available at Room K-111, SWCC Community Center.

Blankenship-Justus Scholarship Application – Applications are being accepted until April 30; applications postmarked after the April 30, 2015 deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
Health Focus Application – Applications are being accepted until May 15; applications postmarked after the May 15, 2015 deadline will not be eligible for consideration.
Columbus Phipps Scholarship Application - Applications are due on or before May 15: awards will be made on or before July 1 2015.

QUESTIONS? Contact Susan Lowe, Office Telephone: 276.964.7304, K-209
Email Address:
Mailing Address: ATTN: Susan Lowe, SWCC Educational Foundation, Inc., Southwest Virginia Community College, PO Box SVCC, Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101
Additional Contact: Stacey McGhee, 276.964.7351, K-209,

Note: Scholarships awarded for 2015-16 go into effect in the Fall of 2015.
Information about scholarships can also be found online at the Virginia Education Wizard.

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