Scholarships at Southwest Virginia Community College

The Scholarship Application for the 2023-2024 academic year is open from December 1 2022 through March 31 2023.

How to apply for Foundation Scholarships

Unless otherwise indicated, applicants must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and enroll with a minimum of 6 credit hours.

*Scholarship numbers and amounts may change depending on funding*

Please follow the steps outlined below to apply for SWCC Educational Foundation scholarships:

1.    Before applying for scholarships:

·      You must apply for admission to SWCC before applying for foundation scholarships (you can complete the application to Southwest here: Please note: Make sure SWCC has received your official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended (if you are a returning student, you do not need to send them again).

·      Complete the FAFSA application (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at  (SWCC’s code – 007260)

2.  When you are ready to apply for scholarships: 

·      You will need to select “set your password” the first time you visit. Use either your SWCC email address & new password to login OR a personal email account to register.

·      Now you’re all set to apply!

*Please note: If you have previously setup an account with award spring you will use the same information to log in again this year.

3.  After you have submitted your application:

·      Once you have finished the application, please check your dashboard and make sure there are not any follow up items you need to complete for specific scholarships.

·      Please note:  You only need to fill out the application once.  You will see a listing of “Applied Scholarships” on your dashboard…these are the scholarships that you may qualify for, and have been applied to.

*Scholarship numbers and amounts are contingent on funding.

·      Check your SWCC email account & your Award Spring account often to make sure we have not contacted you for any additional information.


  • If for some reason you need to stop at any point during the application process, you can save your work and come back later.
  • When completing your essay, you may copy from a program such as Microsoft Word and paste it into your application…this will help you keep a check on your word count.
  • If you are asked to upload a document for a specific application, but are unsure of how to do that, consider asking your parents, a high school guidance counselor, a friend, or someone here on campus to help you with this.
  • When asked for your program of study, please select the program that you will enroll in for the upcoming academic year at Southwest, not a program you intend to apply to or transfer into in the future.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS- Please submit these applications through the address or website listed for each; these are not processed by SWCC's Scholarship office.

The Community Foundation of the Virginias

The Community Foundation of the Virginias offers a variety of separate scholarship opportunities for area students, such as the Margaret “Trinka” Smith-Burke Scholarship and many more. The Foundation awarded scholarships totaling more than $174,100 to 74 area high school and college students seeking to further their education.

To see a complete list of Community Foundation of Virginias Scholarships available and information about the Scholarships program go to

Blankenship Justice Scholarship

Applications for the Blankenship Justice Scholarship  must be postmarked to TCV Trust & Wealth management.

Columbus Phipps Foundation

The Columbus Phipps Foundation begins January of each year taking applications for scholarships from students attending colleges or professional schools in the fall. Students who receive scholarships must reapply each year. Eligibility is limited to students who have graduated or will graduate from a Dickenson County High School, or have obtained a GED from Dickenson County. These scholarships will be granted until available funds have been expended.

Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing, Inc. Manufacturing Related Career Scholarship

For more information about this scholarship contact:       

Email: , Fax: (276) 698-3152

For additional information contact: Lennie Gail Mitcham, Executive Director, Office: (276) 492-2100

Virginia Foundation for Community College Education

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is taking applications for several scholarships, including  The Valley Proteins Scholarship, The Potomac Health Foundation Scholarship, & The Davenport & Dominion Fellows Program Scholarships.

QUESTIONS?  Telephone: 276.964.7286

Mailing Address: ATTN: SWCC Educational Foundation, Inc., Southwest Virginia Community College, PO Box 1101, Richlands, Virginia 24641-1101


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