Senior Scholarship Season

By Cameron Hildebrand

At James River High School, there are so many scholarships that are offered to graduating seniors. They fall under the categories of CCAP/VWCC Foundation, Local/Regional scholarships, and DSLCC Foundation.

Virginia Western Community College offers a Community College Access Program (CCAP).  scholarship to seniors planning to attend Virginia Western. The steps of applying for CCAP include:

  • Applying for admission to Virginia Western, and this can be done online. In order to do so, you must be able to include your personal social security number, be planning to enroll in fall 2019 classes, and meet with a Virginia Western academic advisor. After one applies, you will receive your Virginia WEstern student ID number and email address.

  • Following the application process. The applicant must submit their 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All financial information will be sent to the students Virginia Western email address.

  • After all of this, then the student is eligible to complete the CCAP application online at

The requirements for CCAP include the following:

  • Students who receive CCAP scholarship must maintain a minimum of a cumulative 2.5 GPA. If this GPA is not maintained at the end of any semester, the student will no longer be eligible to receive CCAP funds.

  • Students must enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours in a specific program of study during each semester of enrollment at VWCC. CCAP will pay for up to 15 credits if there is not sufficient financial aid to pay tuition. CCAP will only pay tuition for eligible courses in a student’s program of study. If funding is available, students may enroll in a maximum of 6 credits during the 2020 summer semester to help fulfill their specific program of study requirements. Students who do not maintain the minimum number of credits during summer will not be eligible to receive CCAP funds during any subsequent semester.

  • CCAP students are required to attend a Virginia Western Discover orientation session (summer after high school

  • graduation) and complete the online CSI Survey.

  • Students participating in CCAP will be required to participate in a 4 hour service learning opportunity each semester. Failure

  • to fulfill this requirement may result in the student being ineligible to receive funding from the program in future semesters.

  • 2nd Year & 3rd Year CCAP Acceptance: 1st Year CCAP students MUST submit a 2nd Year CCAP application and FAFSA for their second academic year. 2nd Year CCAP students MUST submit a 3rd Year CCAP application and FAFSA for their third academic year. The Educational Foundation will send an email to the student’s VWCC email address with application and deadline information in late fall of the student’s first semester.

The local and regional scholarships are offered to all James River seniors, as long as they are attending a two or four year college or university. These are the scholarships that are currently ongoing:

  • JCHS Scholars Merit Scholarship Program; ongoing

  • Vaughn Scholarship (James M. and Mary Dudding Vaughn); ongoing

  • Craig-Botetourt Scholarship (VMDAEC Educational Scholarship Foundation); February 8, 2019

  • Community Foundation Serving Western VA (formerly known as Foundation for the Roanoke Valley); February 15, 2019

  • Michael David Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund; February 15, 2019

  • National Co-Op Scholarship Program; February 15, 2019

  • VSGA-VIP Scholarship Foundation; February 20, 2019

  • Ash and Liz Rothlein Spirit of D-Day Scholarship; February 22, 2019

  • VA Council on Women STEM Essay Contest; February 22, 2019

  • Virginia PTA Scholarship; March 1, 2019

  • Bobby Scruggs Charitable Foundation Scholarship; March 15, 2019

  • VASWCD (Virginia Soil & Water Conservation Districts); March 15, 2019

  • Roanoke Valley Wrestling Association-Ken Shelton Memorial Scholarship; March 28, 2019

  • Roanoke Valley Wrestling Association - Stan Parker Memorial Scholarship; March 28, 2019

  • HFI- Elizabeth & Israel Christian Scholarship; March 30, 2019

  • HFI-Pat Simmons & Sally Eads Volunteer Scholarship; March 30, 2019

  • Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship (MCSWCD) (Harold P. "Bubby" Entsminger Honorary Scholarship); April 5, 2019

  • Breckinridge Elementary PTA Scholarship; April 10, 2019

  • Botetourt Co. Democratic Scholarship; April 15, 2019

  • SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes; May 13, 2019

Along with Virginia Western, the additional community college in our area, Dabney S. Lancaster, also offers the Promise Scholarship.

The Dabney Promise Program is open to 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 maintain a minimum 2.25 GPA, be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours (with a maximum of 15 credit hours) per semester, complete 4 hours of community service per semester, and complete an SDV class within the first semester of enrollment. In order to be considered for the Dabney Promise Program, the student must have completed the FAFSA and submitted any additional requested information to the Financial Aid Office before the scholarship deadline.

Scholarships are critical because they give students great opportunities in furthering their education. Scholarships provide students who possess financial aid to be able to go to a two year or four year college/university when they might not have had the opportunity to do so beforehand. The main goal of scholarships are to aid students while they are paying for their education.