Scholarship Information

Currently, The Community Foundation administers 59 separate endowed scholarship funds totaling over $7 million. Established by individuals or organizations, these funds help area students achieve their academic and career-oriented goals.

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.

The 2023 scholarship application cycle will open January 1, 2023.

Please click here to access The Foundation’s scholarship application.

If you have any questions, please contact The Foundation’s office at (434) 793-0884.

To view the complete list of 2022 scholarship funds, please click here.

To view the 2022 Scholarship Recipient Program, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Scholarship Cycle:

How to Apply?

Students can apply by submitting an online application. All applications must be completed online and no paper documents are accepted. 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 available to students on our website January 1st and due by March 1. After the deadline, The Foundation staff and the Distribution Committee review the scholarship applications. They meet to select recipients in April and notify students of their awards by mail. The Community Foundation hosts a Scholarship Reception for recipients usually early June. In mid-July, scholarship awards are mailed directly to the institutions designated by the student.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

Students who are graduating seniors or former graduates from a high school in Danville or Pittsylvania County, Virginia or Caswell County, North Carolina may apply. Each scholarship also has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor. The online application system will determine your eligibility 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 March. 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 reviews and scores each application. The committee selects recipients based on a combination of academic merit, financial need, community involvement, personal essay, references, and any additional criteria established by the donor.

If I Am Awarded a Scholarship, How Much Will I Receive?

Our scholarships vary in award amounts. 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. Some of our scholarships are renewable, but students must still apply every year.

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 by the middle of May.