2015 All-USA Community College Academic Team Scholarships


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The All-USA and All-State Community College Academic Teams program annually recognizes three 20-member “National Teams” of outstanding two-year college students, offering stipends of $2,500 each to the top 20 students. In addition to being considered for the state and national recognition and award, up to six Reynolds nominees (2 per campus) will receive a stipend for being selected to represent our student body.


Additionally, the Reynolds Selection Committee is looking for students who:

  • Pursue rigorous academic courses
  • Consistently maintain high cumulative grade point averages (3.5 +)
  • Participate in honors programs, societies and student leadership opportunities
  • Attain awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement
  • Serve the college and/or community
  • Judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings

Reynolds Application Deadline (to be considered for nominations): November 13, 2015

To Apply Visit: www.ptk.org/scholarships 

(click on the scholarship category titled “Bachelor’s”)

Want more details?
1. Visit the PTK website for specific requirements and guidelines
2. Click the link below to view a recorded webinar hosted by Phi Theta Kappa.
Phi Theta Kappa 2016 Fall Scholarship Student Webinar



Reynolds Students – Meet with Transfer Admissions Reps on Campus


Fall '15 Transfer Days Blog Post

Contact the Reynolds Career and Transfer Center for more information



Scholarship America Dream Award

From the Scholarship America website:

“Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund targeted toward completion. Awards are given to students who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school; the scholarships will grow in amount each year.”

If you would like to apply for the Dream Award, visit the Award Criteria page to confirm your eligibility. Applications are open until December 15, 2015.

STEM Majors: Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

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Click here to access the 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program Instructions


The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today’s terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.


The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry Goldwater Scholars, in the spring of 2016 for use during the 2016–2017 academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students—those who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the 2016–2017 academic year—who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Two-year institutions may nominate up to two students who are sophomores during the 2015–2016 academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official online nomination process. Contact your schools Faculty Representative for more information.

2015 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Students interested in applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship should visit the JKCF Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship website for detailed eligibility requirements .    As one of the most coveted academic/merit awards in the country, the application process for Jack Kent Cooke has been known to be confusing and cumbersome.  I am really glad to see that they have responded with what seems like an honest effort to provide more clarification and resources.

  • See the video above to watch the recording of the most recent Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program information session.
  • Register to attend an application webinar being held on October 20, 2015. (A recording will most likely be available if you missed the live session)

My advice to students; ALWAYS be clear about the level of merit, community involvement and plans to transfer to a highly selective, competitive 4-year institution required to be considered for this scholarship.  It is important to determine whether or not a scholarship program like this is attainable based on your background and a productive use of your time that it will take to submit a strong application.

General Scholarship Open To All – Fantasy Sports Daily

FantasySportsDaily.com is a provider of resources and sports information focused on the growing popularity of daily fantasy sports in the US and Canada. Fantasy Sports Daily offers an ongoing college scholarship for students aspiring to achieve higher education.
Students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply.  High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all also encouraged to apply.

The online application and information for their Fall 2015 Scholarship is currently available here: https://www.fantasysportsdaily.com/scholarship



Application Deadline Approaching: VA Community College System Scholarship Program


The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) has a statewide scholarship program that allows students the opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $500 to $10,000. VCCS recognizes outstanding students of all ages and backgrounds.  Statewide scholarship programs are outlined on their website:  http://www.vccs.edu/giving/scholarships

Reynolds Students! Be sure to check out these opportunities offered by the VCCS:

  • Valley Proteins Fellows Program
  • Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • John T. Casteen III Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • The Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Scholarship
  • Michael A. Smith Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

All Applications are due April 29, 2014

Additional information on each scholarship can be found on their new application portal: https://vccsscholarships.awardspring.com  


Application Help Session-Start or finish the Reynolds Scholarship Application


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Culinary & Hospitality Students – American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation Scholarships Available

The AH&LEF scholarship program offers a number of “self-nominated” scholarships that are available to incoming freshman through graduate level hospitality management majors.  Scholarship awards range from $500 to $5,000 depending upon the program.  Details on each program can be found on the Foundations website, www.ahlef.org.  The deadline to apply for scholarships is May 1st.  As Community College students at Reynolds, check out the ECOLAB and American Express scholarships which have fairly general criteria.

There is one online application for both programs.  Deadline is May 1, 2015

Information regarding all scholarships can be found on www.ahlef.org.

VMATYC – Glenn Fox Scholarship for Math and Computer Science Students

maths-ftrThe VMATYC Glenn Fox memorial Mathematics and Computer Science Scholarship Committee is seeking qualified applicants for the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarship award is for $500 per semester.
Applicants must intend to major in mathematics, computer science, or mathematics education and demonstrate potential for success in any of these areas. Preference will be given to those candidates who intend to teach mathematics or computer science.

Specific details concerning the application requirements and process are  here, VMATYC Scholarship Application 2015. Applicants must complete the application and provide official transcripts of college work and three letters of reference. Applications are due no later than June 5, 2015.


VA Space Grant Consortium’s Community College STEM Scholarship

NASA Space Grant Consortium

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 16, 2015

The Community College STEM Scholarship provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000 for students enrolled full time (12 credit hours or more) at one of Virginia’s Community Colleges.  Students must be majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission including careers in the aerospace sector.

Students must apply during their freshman year of community college enrollment for an award that will begin in the sophomore year. The number of awards is contingent upon available funding. This is a competitive scholarship program based on academic merit funded by NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizing high academic achievement and promise.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be currently enrolled at least 8 hours in a Virginia Community College and have completed at least one semester of coursework (minimum of 9 credit hours) at time of application
  • Must be majoring in a STEM program of study
  • Must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must expect to graduate by May, 2016 or later


Delta Kappa Gamma Society Scholarship for Future Educators



What is Delta Kappa Gamma?

Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is an organization whose purposes are to unite women educators of the world and to advance the professional interests and positions of women in education; to stimulate the personal and professional growth of members and to inform the membership of economic, social, political, and educational issues to the end that they may become intelligent functioning members of a world society.

The Frances N. Wimer Grant

The grant consists of $2,500 paid directly to a rising junior, senior, or postgraduate at an accredited college/university who plans to pursue a teaching career.


The applicant must be:

  • a female, rising junior or senior or graduate level at a college/university in Virginia;
  • majoring in a teacher preparation curriculum;
  • carrying a full-time credit load as determined by her university/college;
  • maintaining at least a 3.0 grade average; and
  • a resident of the greater Richmond area: City of Richmond, counties of Henrico, Powhatan, Goochland, Chesterfield, Charles City, New Kent, and Hanover.

Application Process

The applicant should complete the DKG APP INFO 2015, requesting that a faculty member complete the faculty nomination portion.

Applications must be completed and returned to the Scholarship Committee of Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Chapter, along with an official college transcript by April 1, 2015.

Mrs. Guy Roop Scholarship for mature students working toward first degree

FCE LogoSponsored by the Virginia chapter of the Association for Family & Community Education, Inc. (FCE), the Guy Roop scholarship for 2015 is now accepting applications. FCE is a grass roots, volunteer organization which deals with family issues before they become leading social concerns.  This scholarship in honor of the national organization’s first President, Mrs. Guy Roop, is awarded to mature students who are currently enrolled at a college or university or who has been accepted for the first time to complete or improve education in any field.  The minimum scholarship amount is $1,000.

Click here for the VAFCE 2015 Guy Roop Scholarship Application

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2015



Chicago Injury Center Offers Scholarship For Disabled Veterans


disabled veteranThe Chicago Injury Center is proud to offer four scholarships for disabled US Veterans, ranging from $250 to $1000. Applicants should write a 500+ word essay discussing the unique challenges they have faced as a disabled veteran and how their experiences have prepared them to overcome the challenges they will see as students.

Essays and all other application materials should be sent to the Chicago Injury Center by June 1, 2015. Additional requirements for the scholarship can be found on their website.

The deadline to apply for fall 2015 is June 1st.

Scholarships for future Automotive Students

Two really good scholarship opportunities for Automotive students came across my desk this week so I am posting what I know about them here.

The first one is the Specialty Market Equipment Association (SEMA) Memorial Scholarship SEMA Automotive LogoFund. They have offer assistance to Automotive students in an effort to foster the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship amounts range from $2,000 to $3,000 with a $5,000 award going to the top student.   Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in:

Accounting Engineering Race Car Driver/Crew
Administration Information Technology Sales/Marketing
Advertising Manufacturing Technicians
Design/Graphics Photo/Journalism Transportation

Visit their website: www.SEMA.org/scholarships for the application and more information.  The deadline to complete the application is Wednesday, April 1, 2015.


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GM WRN Drive to Succeed 2015 Scholarship Application

The second scholarship is the GM Women’s Retail Network Drive to Succeed Scholarship.  The GM Women’s Retail Network has established a scholarship program to encourage more women to consider and pursue a career in automotive retail.

Who is eligible?  Women enrolled in undergraduate, graduate or recognized non-traditional institutions that offer accredited programs in the automotive sales and service field.  The scholarship is also open to women who are already employed at an automotive dealership and are enrolled or hope to enroll in schools that offer formal programs or certifications in automotive retail.

Is the program open to employees of GM dealerships?  Female employees and female employee dependents working at GM dealerships are eligible.

Where can I obtain additional information on the program?Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.gmwomensretailnetwork.com, emailing wrnscholarshipinfo@gmsac.com, or by contacting the CMS Foundation at 630-428-2412.

When is the application deadline?  All applications must be received by April 15, 2015

Learn.org’s Academic Scholarships for Community College Students

Check out Learn.org’s list of academic scholarships.  Learn.org’s website includes a variety of information and resources related to financial aid for college. According to their website, they have a “Student Saver” feature, which is a guide to saving money on education. In Student Saver, you can find tips on avoiding non-academic debt, filling out the FAFSA, finding scholarships, and more.  On their Academic Scholarships page they have three scholarships specifically for Associate degree students.  One for Nursing and Medical Assisting, one for Computer Information Systems and Design and one for Art and Design.

All deadlines are April 1st.

Visit their website for more information: http://Learn.org


Win $1,000 from American Association of University Women Greater Richmond Scholarship

University womenThe American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Greater Richmond is proud to announce scholarship opportunities for students attending J. Sargent Reynolds Community College and John Tyler Community College.

Two scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 and will be made payable directly to the recipient’s school.

Preference is given to women who are:

  • At least 30 years of age
  • Legal residents of Virginia enrolled in area community college for fall 2014 and who have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours
  •  Seeking funds for tuition and/or supplemental expenses (e.g., books, fees, childcare, and/or transportation)
  •  In good academic standing
  • Applicants majoring in all academic fields are encouraged to apply. Those majoring in any of the following programs will be given additional consideration: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and other non-traditional majors

To Apply:

Download the application from the AAUW website and complete along with:

  • Official academic transcript from current or most recent institution
  • Two letters of reference from people who know you well (not family members)

Materials must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2015

EWI Richmond Announces their 2015 Scholarship for Adult Students in Transition

EWIThe Executive Women International (EWI)-Richmond Chapter is now accepting applications for the 2015  (Adult Students in Scholastic Transition) Scholarship.

The ASIST Scholarship Program helps provide financial support to adult students in a variety of transitional situations.

Current Reynolds students download the application here: 2015-EWI Richmond ASIST Scholarship Application

Selection criteria include, but are NOT limited to, the following:
•         Financial need (see Note below regarding documentation of financial need)
•         Socially, physically and economically challenged adults
•         Responsible for small children
•         Students at transitional points in their lives
•         Single Parents
•         Preparing to enter for the first time or re-entering the workforce
•         Displaced workers

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

•         Clearly defined career goals and objectives
•         Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
•         18 years of age or older
•         Applicant must be residing in boundaries of the EWI Chapter to which application is submitted

*Note: Income/Financial Data is required as part of the application process. As noted on page 4 of the application, all applicants are instructed to not only provide financial information, but to submit copies of the following documents to complete their application.

Documentation includes:

•         Copy of any student aid application (if applying for)
•         List with amounts or any grants or aid you receive
•         Copy of your most recent tax return and W-2 Form

Application deadline:  April 10, 2015

To apply:

Download the application here: 2015-EWI Richmond ASIST Scholarship Application

*Serious applicants, contact the Scholarship Office (scholarships@reynolds.edu) to inform us of your intent to apply.

For additional questions or help with the application contact the scholarship office at 523-5084.


Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance 2015 Scholarships

Taken from the AFWA website.  Visit http://afwa.org/  for additional information

STUDENTS. Applications due April 1, 2015.

Undergraduate Scholarship: To support the costs of attending 3rd, 4th, or 5th year when pursuing an accounting or finance degree. Download the Undergraduate application.

The Financial Aid Roadmap and Edvisors.com

Saw this great info-graphic on twitter this morning and had to post for those of you who are in the middle of this process as current Community College students.  This is also a great way to share information with someone you’re helping navigate the muddy waters of financing college.   The graphic was posted in 2011 by Edvisors.com using information and statistics from finaid.org, Sallie Mae and FAFSA.ed.gov.  According to the Edvisors website they are “a trusted source of information and insights for millions of students and families looking to plan and pay for college.”  – See more at: http://www.edvisors.com

After poking around their site, I came across their scholarship information and resources.  Here you will find more than you ever need to know about scholarships. Everything from the history of scholarships to vetting scholarship matching services.  They offer good advice in an easy to understand format.   Check them out, then pass it on!!!

The Financial Aid Roadmap