Scholarships & Opportunities


  • The Library of Virginia, in collaboration with Dominion Energy, presents the 2019 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History program. This program honors African-American leaders and their achievements. High school students in Virginia are invited to participate in the annual essay contest. Four winning essays will be chosen, one from each of the four regions in Virginia that Dominion Energy serves. Prizes include an Apple MacBook Air for each student winner and $1,000 for each winner's high school. Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 9, 2018. For contest rules and other information please visit
  • The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply to our High School Visitation program on Saturday, November 17th, 2018. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at the different engineering fields and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers, panels, lab tours, and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but we particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career.  To apply, students should complete the HSV Fall 2018 Application which can be found on the UVA SWE Website (
  • Mark your calendar! CVCC will host an Open House on Thursday, October 25th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Merritt Hall Multi-purpose room. Our theme for this event is “Navigating Your Future.” Look for more details about this event the latter part of September. 
  • Plans are now being made for the 2018-2019 Engineering Mentoring Program.  For nearly 35 years, BWXT, Areva, and NovaTech have provided the students at the local school districts the opportunity to work on projects with engineers to learn about engineering principles.  It is a win-win-win effort, as the schools, the students and the companies benefit.   The first session is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.   Students interested in participating in this mentorship program need to see Ms. Whorley for a parent permission form.  
  • The Profile in Courage Essay contest is open for submissions until January 18, 2019.  The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.  The essay contest is open to students in grades 9-12.  The first place winner receives $10,000.00  Additional information and application:
  • Veterans Day Essay Contest 2018:  entries are due Sunday, October 21 by 11:59 pm. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
    For all rules and guidelines, please go to
  • Liberty High School is offering a scholarship that is  available to all students in  grades 9-12. Applicants are challenged to create a 2-d piece of art. Completed applications and art work is due to Ms. Whorley in the school counseling office by noon on February 8, 2019.  The winner will be announced in March, 2019- as part of the state’s celebration of YOUTH ART MONTH.  The winning piece will displayed on the campus of Liberty High School.  Additional information is available in the school counseling office.
  • The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference will be held at JMU May 31-June 2, 2019.  Interested sophomores should see Ms. Whorley.
  • The rescheduled date for the VACRAO College Event at Heritage High School is November 7, 2018.  The address is 3101 Wards Ferry Road-Heritage High School and the fair will be hosted in the Heritage High School gymnasium from 6-8pm.
  • Ferrum College is offering a  summer priority application deadline to students.  Their application is non-binding and if students apply by September 1, they will receive a $1000 Scholarship renewable for up to four years!  They have rolling admissions so they will continue to accept applications after September 1.  Ferrum College offers a $1000 Campus Visit Scholarship to seniors as long as they visit before May 1. This scholarship is also renewable every year for up to four years!
  • This resource is an online directory of summer pre-college programs for high school students. The directory can be accessed and used for free. The information is:


  • All paper copies of local scholarships are are located in the school counseling office file cabinet. 
  • The Willard G. Plentl Aviation Scholarship Program will award a Virginia high school senior $1000.00 who is planning an avaiation career in a non-engineering area. Scholarship applicants must have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.5.  The deadline for this application is March 18, 2019.   More information is available in the school counseling office.
  • The Colonel James L Graham Jr. Memorial Aviation Scholarship, in the amount of $12,000.00 will  be awarded for the first time in 2018.  Applicants must have a valid student pilot certificate with TSA background check; not required at the time of application but must  be provided prior to being awarded the scholarship.  Paper applications are available in the school counseling office and due in Richmond by October 15, 2018.
  • The 2019 Kenneth R. Scott Scholarship sponsored by the  Virginia Airport Operators Councilis awarded in $3000.00 scholarship to a senior interested in pursuing a career in aviation.  Paper applications and information are available in the school counseling office.
  • The John R. Lillard VAOC Scholarship Program is offering a scholarship in the amount of $3000.00 for a senior planning a career in the field of aviation, and must be enrolled or accepted into an aviation-related program at an accredited college.    Paper applications and information are available in the school counseling office.
  • Elks National Foundation Scholarship application is available at  The most valuable student scholarship award deadline is November 15, 2018. the criteria considered for this award is scholarship, leadership and financial need.  the awards range from $50,000.00 to $4,000.00.  There is also an Elks National Foundation Legacy Award for Elks families.The Horatio Alger Scholarship application is now available online.  The scholarship is for $25,000.00. 
  • The Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarship deadline is October 25.  Application details can be found at:
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