Submitted by Lindsey R. Gleason, Assistant Director, Community Foundation of the NRV
CHRISTIANSBURG – Students are encouraged to apply to scholarships through the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) before its scholarship application closes on Jan. 30. This year, the CFNRV will give out more than $100,000 to New River Valley students with each scholarship award ranging from $500 to $4,000.
Students on a variety of educational paths are eligible to apply, whether they are planning to pursue a degree or are currently in school at a 2- or 4-year college or university, trade, or technical school. Many funds are set up specifically with financial need in mind. In 2022, 40% of scholarship recipients were from lower-income backgrounds.
Since issuing its first scholarship in 2002, the foundation has awarded $1,190,000 to 939 students. While dozens of CFNRV funds are set up to fund scholarships each year, applicants need only to submit a single application to the foundation and indicate the scholarships for which they would like to be considered.
“I am so grateful to the Community Foundation for supporting me in my endeavors to further my education,” said Tali O’Neil. “It is another step in me being able to fulfill my potential.” O’Neil, who attends New River Community College, received a scholarship from the Wings Fund, created by donors David and Marilyn Hutchins.
The foundation’s scholarships support a wide variety of students, whether a student is a high school senior, is currently attending college or school, or is someone returning to school later in life. Recipients may continue to apply for scholarships each year with many students getting funds annually throughout their schooling to help offset the costs of attending school.
Students may review scholarship requirements and access the application at cfnrv.org/scholarships. Any questions about the application may be directed to Laura Pynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-381-8999. The application is due Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, at 5 p.m.