Scholarships for Educational Opportunities including Career and Technical Training, Community College, and Four-Year Colleges

In addition to the many resources on this page, GRASP has also compiled a list of local, statewide, and national scholarship opportunities, organized by deadline:

Click here to see the list of scholarship opportunities

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State and local scholarship Programs and internships

Altria College Opportunity Fund - A scholarship for Richmond Public Schools students, particularly those interested in studying Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Education, or Business. Altria awards up to 20 graduating students with up to $5,000 per year for community college or technical training or up to $10,000 per year for a four-year college. Application now closed; class of 2018, check back in December 2017 for next year's application.

The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia offers over 60 scholarship opportunities for students in Central Virginia. 2017 scholarships are now closed.

The Community Foundation Serving the Central Blue Ridge has excellent scholarships. Currently, most are available to residents of the counties of Augusta and Nelson and the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, Virginia. However, there are a few exceptions. 2017 scholarships are now closed.

Virginia's Future Leaders Scholarship Program - A statewide education initiative of the Virginia cable industry. For 16 years the Virginia cable industry, the Donald A. Perry Foundation and the VCTA have awarded scholarships to outstanding Virginia students attending Virginia colleges across the Commonwealth. This program is a one-time award and is open to Virginia residents attending an undergraduate 2 or 4 year program at a Virginia institution of higher learning in the upcoming academic year. 2017 scholarship is now closed.

National scholarship programs

Trade Scholarship - Scholarship opportunities for students wanting to learn a skill or trade, from the host of "Dirty Jobs." The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started the Profoundly Disconnected® campaign to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. Check back in March for 2017 scholarship openings.

QuestBridge - Program that helps selected high-achieving students gain admission and full-scholarships to some top colleges and universities. Household income is usually $60,000 or less. The application deadline for 2016-17 has now passed. Interested students must apply by September of their senior year.

The Jack Kent Cooke FoundationScholarship programs for outstanding high school seniors and community college transfer students with financial need. Up to $40,000 per year. The applications are now closed but will reopen in the fall of 2017.

Scholarship programs for minority students

The United Negro College Fund site links to a number of scholarships the organization administers, primarily for minority students.

Ron Brown Scholars Program
National scholarship program for academically talented African-American high school seniors with demonstrated financial need, social commitment and leadership potential. The application is now closed but will reopen in August 2017 for the following year.

Jackie Robinson Foundation
National scholarship program for minority students who demonstrate leadership potential, commitment to community service and financial need. The application is now closed but will reopen in November 2017 for the following year.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
National scholarship program for Hispanic students. 2017 scholarships are now closed.

Virginia Latino Higher Education Network
State program offering scholarships to students of Latino/Hispanic heritage. 2017 Scholarships are now closed.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
National program offering scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. 2017 scholarships are now closed.

Scholarship Programs for students with autism

The Organization for Autism Research offers $3,000 scholarships to students with an autism spectrum diagnosis who will be attending a two-year community college; a four-year college or university; a trade, technical, or vocational school; or a cooperative life skills program.


Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
College scholarships and educational counseling for children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependent Education Program
Description of education benefits for qualified students enrolled in Virginia colleges or universities.