Scholarship Funds within The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region can be set up to benefit students from particular geographic areas or schools, attending specific post-secondary institutions, or entering certain fields of study. A named endowed scholarship fund can be established with a gift of $25,000. The donor has three years to reach the $25,000 needed to endow the fund.
Currently, The Community Foundation administers 39 separate scholarship funds established by individuals or organizations wanting to assist individuals in furthering their educations. Our scholarship endowments total more than $3.19 million to date.
Commonly Asked Questions About Our Scholarship Cycle at the Foundation:
How to Apply?
Students can apply by submitting an online application. Our online application system will automatically match students to scholarships they qualify for and will show them scholarships for which they will need to answer additional questions. Once the application is complete and any additional questions have been answered the application process is complete. You may update your application at any time until the day of the deadline. At that time all answers are submitted and are permanent.
What Is the Timeline?
Our applications are usually available to students on our website and in high school guidance offices by January 1st and due sometime around the end of February. After the deadline, our staff and the Distribution Committee review the scholarship applications. They meet to select recipients in April and notify students scholarship of their awards by mail. The Community Foundation hosts a Scholarship Reception for recipients during the summer. In mid-July, scholarship awards are mailed directly to the institutions designated by the student.
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor. Please see our listing of scholarships to determine if you meet the criteria for each scholarship.
When Should I Apply?
We have two types of scholarships at the Foundation—ones that students apply for directly and others that are based on recommendations by a guidance counselor. Student applications, including the essay, recommendation letters, transcripts and any other supporting documents should be received by our deadline in February. The deadline date varies from year to year and is posted on the application. Incomplete applications, or those received after our deadline will not be reviewed.
How Are the Scholarship Decisions Made?
Through the assistance of the foundation staff, the Distribution Committee is given a copy of each application and a scoring sheet for every student. The committee selects recipients based on the criteria established by the donor.
If I Am Awarded a Scholarship, How Much Will I Receive?
Our scholarships vary in award amounts, ranging from $500 to $5,500. The amounts vary every year due to our return on investments.
Are Scholarships Renewable?
In most cases, students must reapply every year for a scholarship. At this time, most of our scholarships are for high school seniors only. If a high school senior is awarded a scholarship, we allow him/her to reapply each year only for the same scholarship they were awarded as a high school senior. We have one scholarship at this time that is renewable, the Roy L. and Mary G. Doss Scholarship.
If I Am Awarded a Scholarship, Will I Receive a Check?
No. Award checks will be mailed directly to the institution. If for any reason your status as a full-time student should change, the unused portion of the scholarship is returned to the foundation by the institution.
What Can My Scholarship Be Used For?
Scholarships may only be used for educational purposes.
When Will I Be Notified?
Recipients will be notified in April.