Frequently Asked Questions

What types of scholarships are available to DSLCC students?

DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarships are funded by individuals, corporations, and community groups and are awarded by the DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee on a competitive basis.

Privately funded scholarships are those awarded through sources outside DSLCC. Examples of these scholarships include those offered by companies like Wal-Mart, Burger King, Coca Cola, etc. These types of scholarship have specific applications, eligibility requirements, and deadlines. The DSLCC Educational Foundation does not coordinate private scholarships and all information contained on this page refers only to DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarships.

All students, regardless of income or academic performance, are required to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Why should I apply for a DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship?

Any student currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a curriculum at DSLCC who has a minimum 2.75 GPA is encouraged to apply for a DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship. You need only fill out one DSLCC EF standard scholarship application form. If you complete and submit your scholarship application packet by the deadline, you will automatically be considered for all scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements. Available Scholarships.

Am I still eligible for a DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarship even if I don’t qualify for financial aid?

Absolutely! We believe in rewarding hard work and academic excellence; therefore, most DLSCC EF scholarships are merit based. While most are open to everyone in the DSLCC service area, others were created to reward exceptional academic performance or to provide support for students enrolled/enrolling in a specific program, living in a particular region of the service area, or who demonstrate particular need.

What is the Dabney Promise Scholarship Program?

The Dabney Promise Program is open to ALL DSLCC students; high school, continuing, non-traditional and nursing.  The Dabney Promise Program is a need based scholarship that helps to remove the financial barriers of attending DSLCC. In addition, the Dabney Promise helps pay for the cost of books. Acceptance into the program is based on the level of need and current available funding. Students are required to complete and return a DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarship application, including a FAFSA, and check the appropriate Dabney Promise Program box. Eligibility requirements are:

  • A minimum 2.25 GPA
  • A resident of the DSLCC service area
  • Completed scholarship application – (Please see page two of the application form for a complete list of requirements.)

In addition, students accepted into the Dabney Promise Program are required to fulfill the following:

  • Attend the DSLCC Orientation prior to the start of the fall semester.
  • Complete one credit hour SDV course during the first semester
  • Complete four hours of community service each semester. (The service program must be pre-approved by the Foundation Office.)
  • Be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours (with a maximum of 15 credit hours) per semester. (No more than two developmental courses TOTAL will be covered by the program.)
  • Maintain a 2.25 GPA or higher

How do I know for which DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarships I should apply?

To review the types of scholarships available through the DSLCC Educational Foundation, Available Scholarships. Again, students need only complete the standard application to automatically be considered for all the scholarships in which the eligibility requirements are met.

Where can I find a DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Application?

Scholarship applications are available on line here and in the DSLCC Educational Foundation office, room 154, Backels Hall. In addition, graduating high school seniors and home schooled students can visit their high school guidance offices.

How do I apply for DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarships?

First, individuals must be currently enrolled at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College or have applied for admission. The standard scholarship application form is required for ALL scholarships. You need only fill out this form once, even if you wish to be considered for several different DSLCC scholarships. *Please see the full list of available scholarships for exceptions, as well as for additional scholarship criteria information – Available Scholarships.

In order for your application to be considered, all parts of the application MUST be completed and submitted to the Educational Foundation Office (Backels Hall, room 154) by the posted deadline. (Please see page two of the application form for a complete list of requirements.)

Applications may be submitted in person or mailed to:

DSLCC Educational Foundation
1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, VA 24422

Please remember that DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarships are handled separately from financial aid and private scholarships. If you are applying for a DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarship, your application materials should be submitted to the Educational Foundation Office. Submitting DLSCC Educational Foundation application materials to the college’s Financial Aid office could cause your application to be delayed or lost.

When is the deadline to apply for DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarships?

April 3, 2017

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

What are the conditions regarding the use of DSLCC Educational Foundation awards?

Scholarship funds may be used only for tuition and/or books for courses taken at DSLCC during the academic year for which the scholarship is awarded and/or as indicated on the Scholarship Acceptance Contract signed by the scholarship recipients. The foundation will pay only for books purchased through the DSLCC bookstore. Any funds not used by a recipient during an award period will be returned to the individual scholarship account to be used by future recipients.

How are recipients selected and notified?

Recipients for the various awards are chosen by the DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee based upon previous course study, GPA, standardized test scores, recommendations, and essay(s). Recipients will be notified whether or not they receive an award typically within two weeks following the respective deadline. Students who do not receive scholarships also will be notified. Students who apply for, but do not receive, a DSLCC Educational Foundation scholarship still may be eligible for assistance from federal or state sources. Please contact the campus Financial Aid Office for more information regarding this type of help.

If I receive a DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship, how will the funds be disbursed?

All award information is given to the DLSCC Financial Aid and Businesses Offices, and all awards will be indicated in the students’ individual accounts. One half the award is allotted for the fall semester and one half for the spring semester. Scholarship awards will be applied to the student’s account balance. The Educational Foundation does not write checks to students. Books purchased with scholarship funds must be purchased from the DSLCC bookstore by the end of the second week of classes.

Who can I contact if I have a question about a DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship?

Please contact Educational Foundation Director, Rachael Thompson.

Backels Hall, room 154
by phone at 540-863-2837
by email at

Mrs. Thompson also is available to meet with individual students by appointment.

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