The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (NRV) is one of the best resources for local, regional scholarship opportunities for students living in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Floyd, Radford, and Pulaski, Virginia, including the counties of Montgomery, Floyd, Giles and Pulaski.
This cycle (2017), the Community Foundation has 37 scholarships available, ranging from $500 – $1000. Some scholarships are one-time awards, while others are renewable/year-to-year.
Students who want to apply for a Community Foundation scholarship should to do the following:
- Go to the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Page and click Apply Now to create a logon account. Choose “Create New Account to get started. You will need an email address to set up your account.
- We recommend you review the list of available scholarships and choose the ones for which your meet the required criteria. Some are high school or town/county specific while others may require a certain GPA or be specific to certain majors.
- Once you’ve identified the scholarships you want to apply to, make a list and note each scholarship’s specific requirements. Your Community Foundation scholarship application is due no later than 5 p.m., February 10, 2017.
Key Dates: the Community Foundation of the NRV Scholarship Application became available on October 10, 2016. On February 10, 2017, the completed application will be due by 5 p.m. Students will receive award notifications in April of 2017.
- Make a list of the people you plan to contact to write letters of recommendation about you. Scholarship requirements will vary, so make notes as to which each scholarship requires. Next, contact those people and politely request they recommend you and provide them with the details including how long a letter needs to be, how to submit it, and when you would like it submitted.
Letters of recommendation are considered part of the application package. In other words, if the letters are late, then your application will be disqualified. Starting early is the best way to make sure there’s enough time for everyone to get everything done way before the February 10 deadline. Keep in mind that holidays, vacations, and winter weather can all impact getting your application in on time. Being prepared earlier is better. Set your personal deadline for February 1 and make sure you have received letters and transcripts by then.
- You will also need a PDF version of your transcripts which you can get from your guidance counselor in December or January so you’ll have the most current grade report available.