With the cost of higher education going up and up, finding a scholarship to assist you in reaching your goals is becoming more and more important.
One tool recommended for finding scholarships to support a specific area of study is FastWeb (fastweb.com). Fastweb is free. Other search engines may charge fees for using their services, but you should never have to pay a fee to find available scholarships. Be sure to pay attention when completing the FastWeb forms that you do not sign up for extra information or services that you will not need.
Other, more local, sources of scholarships are listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list, be sure to increase your search to include fraternal organizations (Elks, Moose, Kiwanis, etc.), professional organizations, or non-profit organizations in your area.
Foundation for Roanoke Valley Scholarship
Foundation for Roanoke Valley (FRV), a community foundation, administers a variety of scholarships to reward and assist capable and deserving students based on the criteria established by the fund donors.
Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) encourages talented individuals to pursue academic studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The VSGC provides scholarships of $1,500 to students majoring in STEM at any Virginia Community College and demonstrating an interest in a career related to aerospace and NASA’s mission.
The Virginia Business and Professional Women's Foundation
The Virginia Business and Professional Women's Foundation offers the Career Advancement Scholarship, an umbrella for three different and distinct scholarships for women:
Karen B. Lewis Scholarship: offered to girs and women (18 years of age or older) pursuing post-secondary, job-oriented career education, offering training in business, trade and industrial occupations.
Women in Science & Technology Scholarship: provides financial assistance to women (18 years of age or older) within two years of earning a bachelor's master's or doctoral degree in the sciences or a technology field.
Buena M. Chesshir Memorial Women's Educational Scholarship: provides financial assistance to increase the skills of mature women (25 years of age or older) employed or seeking employment in the workforce.
The scholarship application form as well as information/eligibility requirements for each of the above scholarships may be downloaded from the BPW/VA website. Completed applications must be submitted to the following address:
Virginia Business and Professional Women's Foundation
P.O. Box 4842
McLean, VA 22103-4842