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 compiled a list of other local, statewide, and national scholarship opportunities, organized by deadline:

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Click the blue links below to learn more about several local, statewide, and national scholarship opportunities:


State and local scholarship Programs

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. Available December of 2018.

The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia offers over 65 scholarship opportunities for students in many Virginia localities. The 2019 application is not yet available.

The River Counties Community Foundation offers scholarships to students in Lancaster, Middlesex, and Northumberland Counties. RCCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, so apply at the link above. The 2019 application is not yet available.

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has excellent scholarships for students in the counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson and the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. The application will open December 1, 2018.

The John Randolph Foundation offers many scholarship opportunities for students residing in Hopewell, Prince George, Enon, Chester, Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Sussex, Surry, Charles City, and Varina. The application will open November 15, 2018.

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. The 2019 application is not yet available.

National scholarship programs

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! Due November 20 (for seniors) and November 27 (for transfer students), 2018.

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 2018 National College Match application is now closed.

Trade Scholarships - 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. The 2019 application is not yet available.

U.S. Department of Defense STEM Scholarships - "Department of Defense scholarships provide cash awards to students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields in disciplines of importance to DoD." Most DoD scholarships require employment with the DoD after graduation.

Scholarship programs for minority students

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
National program offering scholarships up to $20,000 to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Due January 10, 2019.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
National scholarship program for Hispanic students (seniors and current college students). Awards range from $500 to $5,000. The 2019 application is not yet available.

Jackie Robinson Foundation
National scholarship program for minority students who demonstrate leadership potential, commitment to community service and financial need. Awards up to $30,000 for four years. Due February 1, 2019.

Ron Brown Scholars Program
National scholarship program for academically talented African-American high school seniors with demonstrated financial need, social commitment, and leadership potential. $10,000 per year for four years. Final deadline: January 9, 2019

The UNCF site links to a number of scholarships that the organization administers, primarily for minority students. Application details and deadlines vary.

Virginia Latino Higher Education Network
State-wide program offering scholarships to Latinx/Hispanic students. Final deadline: December 15, 2018

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. The application will open December, 2018.


Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation
College scholarships of $6,250 and educational counseling for children of military service members who have lost a parent in the line of duty.

Virginia Military Survivors and Dependent Education Program
Description of Virginia's education benefits for children and spouses of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or disabled through military service in an armed conflict. Applies to public colleges and universities in Virginia.