Thank you for visiting the Blacksburg High School Scholarships Blog. This will be your central location to find scholarship opportunities for the 2018-2019 school year. Be sure to check the site regularly for new postings!
Wendy's High School Heisman
The Wendy's High School Heisman recognizes well-rounded young men and women who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the class room, on the field, and in the community. Every year, Wendy's High School Heisman and The Heisman Trophy Trust team up to recognize more than 5,000 of the best high school seniors. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA, participate in a sport recognized by the IOC, be a leader in the school and community, and serve as a role model. You can find the application here. However, in order to qualify for the program, a school official must review your application. Please see Ms. Combs by October 1 if you are planning to apply.
BHS Application Deadline: Please see Mrs. Combs by October 1
Application Deadline: October 17, 2018
Horatio Alger Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs that specifically assists HS students who have faced and overcome great obstacles. It extends to all 50 states and D.C., and scholarships are valued up to $10,000.
To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Apply at: application.horatioalger.org_#HAAScholarships
Elks Most Valuable Student Contest
The Elks National Foundation helps students who need financial assistance to fulfill their dreams of attending college. Most valuable student scholars are outstanding students who are at or near the top of their classes, active in their schools and communities, and recognized as leaders by their peers. 500 scholarships will be awarded, ranging from $4,000 to $50,000. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.
For details and to download an application, visit enf.elks.org/mvs or see Ms. Combs in the school counseling office.
Available: August 15, 2018
Deadline: November 15, 2018
Davidson College John M Belk Scholarship
The Davidson College Belk Scholarship recognizes and rewards students of demonstrated superior intellectual and personal achievement and significant leadership skills. The scholarship award is annually renewable, equivalent the college's comprehensive fees.
Belk Scholars represent the finest attributes of the Davidson student body: intellectual excellence and enthusiasm, integrity, global awareness, and leadership ability and potential. BHS may nominate one or two students for this scholarship. If you are interested in being nominated please see Ms. Combs by October 24.
BHS DEADLINE (Sign up with Ms. Combs): OCT 24
Davidson College Bryan Scholars
Every year Davidson College selects two top high school senior athletes as Bryan Scholars, one male and one female. Bryan Scholars Program honors scholar athletes who present outstanding academic records, are strong leaders in the classroom and in their sport, and are impact players. For a list of eligible sports, and more information on the program, go to the website below. The scholarship is valued at $30,000 annually.
If you are interested in being nominated see Ms. Combs by September 19, 2016.
BHS DEADLINE (SIGN UP WITH MS. Combs) - September 19--EXTENDED!
Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award
Students can go to www.scholarship.collegecovered.com and enter to win one of three $10,000 scholarships when they sign up to receive helpful tips on planning and paying for college.
The contest runs from July 1, 2018 until January 31, 2019.
Two winners will be randomly drawn on October 8, 2018 (deadline to enter is September 30, 2018), and one more winner will be randomly drawn on on February 7, 2019 (deadline to enter is January 31, 2019).
No purchase or student loan necessary for students to enter or win. To learn more about our scholarship, visit DiscoverStudentLoans.com/Scholarship.
QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship
QuestBridge's National College Match program connects outstanding low-income high school seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships - worth over @$200,000 each - to the nation's leading colleges.
Who should apply? Typical College Match Finalists...
Are in the top 5-10% of their class
Scored >1250 on the SAT (CR+M) or >27 on the ACT
Come from households earning less than $60,000 per year
May be eligible for free or reduced lunch
May be part of the first generation in their family to attend college
Visit www.questbridge.org to:
Learn more about partner colleges and selection criteria.
Fill out an online application
Deadline to apply is September 27, 2018.
Bell Scholarship Program
Bell Scholarships are merit-based scholarships intended to enhance recruitment efforts for academically talented students pursuing undergraduate science-related degrees. Eligible students must hold a 3.0 GPA, live in VA (or other selected geographic regions), be accepted at University of Michigan, and plan to pursue an undergraduate degree in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science or another related scientific field in the College of Engineering or the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
For more information and the scholarship application: https://bellscholarship.org/
APPLICATION DUE: FEBRUARY 1, 2019
Coca Cola Scholarship
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
Information and application: http://www.cokeurl.com/apply2018
Scholarship Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 5pm Eastern
Boston University Trustee Scholarship
Boston University's most prestigious merit-based award recognizes 20 students who show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. A Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus fees, and is renewable for four years if criteria are met.
How to apply: Submit an application and all required materials to Boston University on the Common Application by December 1. In addition, submit two additional essays (questions to choose from are listed on the BU undergraduate website link) on the Common Application as part of your application to the university.
For more information, go to the following website:
Scholarship Deadline: December 1, 2018
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize students in middle and high school who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Eligible students must be in grades 5-12 and have engaged in a volunteer service project.
The online application is available at:
http://spirit.prudential.com andwww.nassp.org/spirit. Once all BHS applications are submitted one BHS student will be nominated by the school for state-level honors. If you are interested in being the BHS nominee, you must sign up with Ms. Combs by October 22st.
BHS DEADLINE (SIGN UP WITH MS. COMBS): October 22
United States Senate Youth Program
Attention Juniors AND Seniors! The Virginia Department of Education will select two delegates to represent our state in the USSYP. Each delegate will receive a $10,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C., for the week of March 2-9, 2019. Each public and private high school may submit up to three applications. Applications will be reviewed, and three accepted applicants will take the Public Affairs examination (sent to the school to be administered by a staff member). The exam is designed to test knowledge of the US Government, the US Constitution, American History, and knowledge of public affairs and current events. A panel appointed by the DOE will then determine two state delegates and two alternates to represent Virginia. To apply, you must currently hold a leadership position in your school, and be a permanent resident of the US. For more details and to view the application, go to https://ussenateyouth.org
If you would like to be considered as one of BHS's three applications for this opportunity, please sign up with Mrs. Combs by Monday, September 17, 2018.
BHS DEADLINE (SIGN UP WITH MRS. COMBS): September 17, 2018
Burger King Scholarship
Created in memory of BURGER KING® Co-founder James “Jim” W. McLamore, the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program has awarded $32 million in scholarships to more than 30,000 high school students, BK® employees, and their families across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico since 2000. In 2018 alone, the Foundation awarded $3.7 million to more than 3,400 students in North America.
Scholarship grants range from $1,000 to $50,000 and are intended to help students offset the cost of attending college or post-secondary vocational/technical school. Recipients are selected based on their grade point average (GPA), work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.
The application period for the 2019-2020 school year begins on Oct. 15, 2018 and closes Dec. 15, 2018. The first 50,000 applications will be processed. Click here to view the scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply now.
DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2018
UVA-Affiliated Scholarships (the following 5 listed are for UVA only):
1). UVA Jefferson Scholars
The UVA Jefferson Scholars program awards scholarships to students intended to cover the cost of four years of attendance at UVA. This prestigious program selects students who have demonstrated uncommon academic abilities, exceptional leadership talents, and an understanding of the broader community around them. The scholarship program is highly selective, high schools may only nominate one student per school. To learn more about the program, click here: http://www.jeffersonscholars.org/
If you would like to be considered as the BHS nominee to the Jefferson Scholars program, submit the following information to Ms. Combs by October 22:
Resume of your accomplishments including, but not limited to: List of academic projects you have been recognized for and other awards you have received; Extracurricular activities, including community service and other activities outside of the classroom.
Short essay (around a paragraph): Discuss why you would like to be considered for the nomination, what going to UVA and being part of the program would mean to you as well as your college career.
All students who submit these materials will be reviewed by the BHS nomination selection committee; the committee will select ONE student as the nominee. The nominee will be notified by November 2 and will have until December 3 to complete their Jefferson Scholar’s Program application.
BHS DEADLINE (MATERIALS TO MS. COMBS): OCTOBER 22
2). University Achievement Award:
Awarded to exceptional students applying to UVA from Virginia who will add to the diversity of the student population. The award covers full tuition and required fees. Awards are based primarily on Virginia residency, academic merit, leadership, and outstanding citizenship. A student must also satisfy at least two of the following conditions: (1) have a history of overcoming adversity; (2) be a first generation college student; (3) be a member of an underrepresented minority or ethnic group; (4) be a member of a low income family; (5) reside in a rural or inner-city location; (6) have been raised in a single parent household. A committee reviews all applicants from Virginia for possible awards, and notifications are sent in early April. Please see Mrs. Combs in guidance by December 3 if you would like to be considered for a nomination for this scholarship.
3). John A. Blackburn Scholarship:
The Blackburn scholarship was established to honor John A. “Jack” Blackburn, who served as dean of admission from 1985 until he died in 2009. Friends and colleagues of the former dean created the scholarship and began raising funds when they first learned he was ill. More than $1.8 million has been raised so far, including a contribution from all deans of admission at Virginia public universities. Please see Mrs. Combs in guidance by December 3 if you are applying to UVA and would like to be considered for a nomination for this scholarship.
4). Oliver Linwood Perry Endowed Scholarship:
Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of Virginia who demonstrate a history of service with Native American communities. There is preference given to work done with communities indigenous to the Commonwealth of Virginia within its current geographic boundaries. Please see Mrs. Combs in guidance by December 3 if you would like to be considered for a nomination for this scholarship.
5). Walter N. Ridley Scholarship:
The Black Alumni Association sponsors several scholarships designed to support African-American students coming to UVA. These scholarships cover full tuition and fees, and is renewable for four years. Students typically have excelled academically, are in the top 15% of their class, and have special talents and/or leadership qualities. The Ridley Scholarship is for Virginians only. They are brought to Grounds to compete through a selection process. Go to http://aig.alumni.virginia.edu/ridley/ for more information. Please see Mrs. Combs in guidance by December 3 if you would like to be considered for a nomination for this scholarship.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
To be eligible to apply to this scholarship Program you must:
•Graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2019
•Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2019
•Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
•Receive standardized test scores of either an SAT Total Score of 1200 and above OR an ACT Composite Score of 26 or above
•Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $26,000.
In April 2018, 106 scholars were selected for the Cooke College Scholarship Program. The number of scholars each year varies. For more information, go to
The deadline to apply via Common App is November 20, 2018 at 11:59pm (midnight), Eastern time.
Worried about $$$ for college? Maybe a Work College is the Right Fit for You!
Work colleges offer students enhanced learning opportunities by integrating Work, Learning, and Service throughout their college experience. Students earn a valuable degree plus important life skills and key attributes like: critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, decision-making, leadership, professionalism and a quest for lifelong learning. Graduates go on to be effective and responsible leaders in business, community and government. They're smart and thoughtful--graduating with considerably less college debt than most of their peers. Three member colleges even cover the full cost of tuition for qualified students. Every work program is distinctive, but all teach students the critical balance of study, community service and managed work expectations. Most work positions are limited to 10-15 hours per week and designed to enhance the collegiate experience. "Earning while learning" not only reduces student debt, it provides employers with dedicated professionals who have proven experience and work ethic. Work College graduates report that their college better prepared them for their current job as compared with their peers at other institutions. The seven federally recognized Work Colleges in the US are: Alice Lloyd, Berea College, Blackburn College, College of the Ozarks, Ecclesia College, Sterling College, and Warren Wilson College.
Go to www.workcolleges.org for more information.
Berea's Tuition Promise Scholarship
All admitted students to Berea College receive our Tuition Promise Scholarship. This scholarship is combined with financial aid you may receive as well as any other scholarship you may be awarded by outside parties to cover 100% of tuition costs. For most Berea students, the Tuition Promise Scholarship amounts to over $155,000 across four years. NO STUDENT PAYS FOR TUITION. We believe that a student's income should not dictate their outcome.
NC State College of Textiles Centennial Scholarships
The College of Textiles at North Carolina State University is now accepting applications for our Centennial Scholarship program, one of the largest college-based scholarship programs at NC State. The Centennial Program is designed for students who are interested in career fields such as engineering, business management, design, chemistry, polymers, forensics, medical fields, fashion merchandising and retail management. The scholarships are:
1) ITT Centennial Scholarship: Awarded to the top Centennial, $22,000/year for 4 years, and $7,500 in enrichment funds
2) Kimbrell Centennial Scholarship: Awarded to the 2nd top Centennial, $20,000/year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds
3) Centennial Scholarship: $15,000/year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds, Up to 8 awarded per year
4) North Carolina Textile Foundation Scholarship: $5,000/year for 4 years
5) Prestige Scholarship: $1,000 - $2,500/year for 4 years
Competitive applicants demonstrate high academic achievement, strong leadership qualities, involvement in extracurricular activities and civic engagement and an interest in textile-related careers.
For scholarship consideration, students must submit a NC State admissions application by the October 15 deadline. You must be endorsed by a BHS school counselor (Tell Mrs. Combs if you would like endorsement consideration by Nov. 1), or you may self-nominate by Dec. 1, 2018.