Scholarships at SWCC

The application for the 2014-2015 SWCC Foundation & Institutional Scholarships is open.

Returning SWCC students and other applicants (such as GED recipients or those transferring in) must apply by midnight on Monday, June 2, 2014.

NOTE: The application for 2014 high school graduates is now CLOSED; the deadline was midnight on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Please read all information on this page regarding deadlines, eligibility criteria & application process prior to submitting your application for SWCC Institutional & Foundation scholarships. Note: Scholarships for 2014-15 which will go into effect in the Fall of 2014.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Several external scholarships are also available which require a separate application and have different application deadlines. Click here to see a listing and download those applications.

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

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.

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. Download a listing of the 2014-2015 SWCC Foundation & Institutional Scholarships

Apply Now for SWCC Foundation Scholarships

4. Download, print and complete the 2014-15 Special Scholarships Application 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.


–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:

Mailing Address: Dr. Natalie Chambers-Ramsey, Southwest Virginia Community College, PO Box SVCC, Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101

External Scholarships:

Scholarships listed below must be submitted to the address on the application by the due date. PLEASE do not submit these applications to SWCC.

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.

Virginia Tech Transfer Students Engineering Scholarships – Application deadline is June 2, 2014

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