Outside Scholarships

One of the questions a financial aid counselor hears most frequently is, "How do I apply for scholarships?"  Here is our answer!  This list of resource opportunities can give you a jump start to finding scholarships that you are eligible to apply for.  These are scholarship programs that are in no way affiliated with Radford University, but are opportunities that these organizations would like for us to make known to the student population.  If you have any questions about the scholarship program please contact the organization awarding the scholarship.

General Scholarship Programs

Program Description Required Application
Lee-Jackson Scholarship Program This scholarship foundation has traditionally focused on scholarships as the best vehicle to encourage high school students to continue their education, and sponsors an annual essay competition to make its awards. Lee-Jackson Foundation Website
Gates Millennium Scholars GMS will select 1,000 talented students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.
Gates Millennium Scholars Website
Abbott & Fenner Scholarship
Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.  Anyone studying at a post secondary school and is between the ages of 16-30 is encouraged to apply. 
Abbott & Fenner Scholarship Website
AES Engineering Scholarship Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.
AES Engineering Scholarship Website
Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association and Donald A. Perry Foundation Virginia's Future Leaders Scholarship The Virginia Cable Telecommunication Association is searching for Virginia's future leaders who need financial assistance to achieve their academic goals.  Applicants must be a resident of Virginia who will be attending a 2 or 4 year college or university, graduate or technical school in Virginia. Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association
USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships Applicants must be high school seniors or individuals who plan to enroll or are enrolled in full- or half-time undergraduate or full-time graduate coursework at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocation/technical school.  Applicants must have an annual adjusted gross family income of $35,000 or less and be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.  Applicants must be enrolled through Feb. 1 of the upcoming academic year.  USA Funds Student Scholarship Website
John Gyles Education Awards The John Gyles Education Awards are given to full Canadian or American citizens.  They are available to male and female student that are studying any area in a post secondary school.  The minimum GPA is 2.7 and financial need is considered.  John Gyles Education Center Website
Martinsville Area Community Foundation Martinsville Area Community Foundation gives scholarships to very deserving students at a 2 or 4 year college.  Martinsville Area Community Foundation Scholarship Website
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship All applicants must be citizens of a country in which there are Rotary Clubs and have completed at least two years of college-level coursework or equivalent professional experience before commencing their scholarship studies.  Initial application must be made through a local Rotary Club in the applicant's legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment. Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship Website
Sallie Mae Fund Scholarships Addressing financial need is one of the key elements of The Sallie Mae Fund's community-based initiative, Project Access. To help students and families afford the cost of higher education and ensure funding is not a barrier to access, Project Access provides financial assistance through scholarships. Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Website
All-Ink Scholarship All-Ink.com is committed to helping students pursue their goal of a higher education.
All-Ink.com is offering up to $10,000 in scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled or planning to participate in an accredited college or university program during the Spring or Fall term or full-year. Students who apply must be a United States citizen or permanent resident with a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average. In addition, students applying are required to write a 50 to 200 word essay on who has had the greatest impact on your life, and a 50 to 200 word essay on what you hope to achieve in your personal and professional life after completing college. You can complete your application on-line.
All-ink.com Scholarship Website
VACU Dorothy J. Hall Scholarship Each year Virginia Credit Union recognizes outstanding student members of all ages through its Dorothy J. Hall Memorial Scholarship program. VACU Dorothy J. Hall Scholarship Website

Art Scholarship Opportunities

Program Description Required Application
Fine Arts Scholarship Program Sponsored by Festival In the Park hosted in Roanoke, VA invites, full time students planning to minor or major in visual or performing arts (music, dance, theater, sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, etc.); whose parent’s permanent residence is within a 100-mile radius of Roanoke; who have been accepted, or expect to be accepted into post-secondary training may apply. Festival In the Park Scholarship Website

Business Scholarship Opportunities

Program Description Required Application
AICPA Minority Scholarship Program This scholarship program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. These awards are funded by the AICPA Foundation from monies contributed by the AICPA, its members, public accounting firms, and others. AICPA Scholarship Website
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
The Educational Foundation awards scholarships to women who are pursuing accounting degrees at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. EFWA Scholarship Website
Institute of Management Accountants The Memorial Education Fund (MEF) gives scholarships to accounting and finance students at undergraduate or graduate level.  You will need to be an IMA student member. IMA Scholarship Website
National Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation The National Society of Accountants Scholarship Foundation awards multiple scholarships to students pursuing accounting studies and awards two grants: one for NSA's Serving Aging America program and one for the new NSA National Accounting and Tax Symposium. NSA Scholarship Foundation Website
Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships Applicant must be a U.S. citizen enrolled or accepted in a graduate accounting program in Virginia.  An official transcript, a current resume, a faculty letter of recommendation on school letterhead and an essay are also required. VA Society of CPA's

Communication Scholarship Opportunities

Program Description Required Application
Agnes Cook Scholarship Virginia Press Women, an organization of men and women dedicated to excellence in journalism and other communication professions, is proud to offer a $550 scholarship to a deserving Virginia college student interested in pursuing a career in communications. VPW Scholarship Website
American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Scholarships for students in Speech-Language-Hearing programs ASH Scholarship Website

Computer Science Scholarship Opportunities

Program Description Required Application
AFCEA Educational Foundation This scholarship is for ROTC students majoring in electronics, computer science, physics, or mathematics at accredited degree-granting four-year  colleges or universities in the US. Candidates must be enrolled full time as sophomores or juniors at the time of application. AFCEA Scholarship Website
Department of Homeland Security Scholarships and Fellowships This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives.  Areas of study that are eligible include:  physical sciences, mathematical sciences, computer and information sciences, life sciences, social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, and engineering. DHS Scholarship Website

Criminal Justice Scholarship Opportunities

Program Description Required Application
Virginia Sheriff's Institute Scholarship The Virginia Sheriffs' Scholarship program was established to provide an opportunity for young people across Virginia to pursue an educational curriculum in criminal justice. Accordingly, the Board of Directors has established the application process for students to receive scholarships to assist in their educational endeavors. VA Sheriff's Scholarship Website

Education Scholarship Opportunities

Program Description Required Application
Southside Virginia Tobacco Teacher Scholarship/ Loan Program Promote economic growth and development in Virginia's Southside and Southwest regions by attracting and retaining modern businesses, through methods designed to increase the skill levels of the regions' labor pools.  This objective is reached through a competitive grant program and regional scholarships. VA Tobacco Scholarship and Loan Program Website
Virginia Troops to Teachers Troops to Teachers (TTT) was established in 1994 as a Department of Defense program. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) in Pensacola, FL. The state office for Virginia TTT is located in Norfolk and supports every teacher licensure program at all of the Commonwealth of Virginia institutions of higher learning. The primary objective of TTT is to help recruit quality teachers for schools that serve low-income families throughout the United States. VA TTT Website
Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program This program provides assistance to full-time students enrolled at a participating Virginia institution in an approved teacher preparation program for special education, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, foreign languages, or technology education.  Minority students may be enrolled in any content area and male students may be enrolled in any approved elementary or middle schoolteacher preparation program.   The institutions nominate juniors and seniors who have at least a 2.7 grade point average for final selection by the Virginia Department of Education. For more information, students should contact the Director of the Education Department at Participating Colleges or Universities in Virginia.  

Nursing Scholarship Opportunities

Program Description Required Application
Mary Marshall Nursing Scholarship Program Nursing Loan with forgiveness of the loan for each month of engaged service.  Requires Department recommendations.  Administered by the Virginia Department of Health. VDH Website
Navy Nursing Programs For students interested in nursing careers in the Navy, we have programs that can help offset the financial burden of nursing school. Navy Website


On-Line Scholarship Searches

Resource Description Web Address
College Board Hosted by the same company that host's the SAT and provides one of the most comprehensive college search engines, this scholarship search will review up to 2,300 sources of available funding to find your best opportunities. College Board Scholarship Search
fastweb! A free scholarship search solution that uses profile information to search the database and provide you with scholarship opportunities fastweb! Scholarship Search
Scholarships.com A free scholarship search engine that uses profile information to search their database of 2.7 million scholarship opportunities to provide you with numerous scholarship opportunities. Scholarships.com

Scholarships for Special Interest Groups

Program Description Required Application
National Federation of the Blind The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) offers a broad array of scholarships to recognize blind scholars.  To be considered for a scholarship by the organization you need to be legally blind and must be pursuing a degree from a postsecondary school full-time.  You may also be working full-time and going to school part-time.  If you are chosen to accept the scholarship you must participate in all NFB program activities.  All scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence, community service, and financial need.  NFB Scholarship Website
Latino College Dollars Addressing financial need through scholarships is a key priority of  The Sallie Mae Fund.  Applications, eligibility, and deadline information for scholarships fan be found on the website. Latino College Dollars Website
The Community Foundation of the New River Valley The Community Foundation strives to enhance the New River Valley by obtaining funds from local donors to give to local students from Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and the City of Radford.  One important requirement of this program is that each student file a FAFSA and attach a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) with the application. Community Foundation Scholarship Website
Lilly Reintegration Scholarship The goal of the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship is to help people with schizophrenia, related schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, or bipolar disorder acquire the educational and vocational skills necessary to reintegrate into society, secure jobs and regain their lives.
Center for Reintegration Scholarship Website
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation Scholarship opportunities for children/step-children, unmarried, under the age of 24 at the time of the deadline of Navy Submariners, Navy members who have served in submarine support activities Dolphin Scholarship Website
Orphan Foundation of America The Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) is one of the country’s leading advocates for older foster youth. It awards well over $1 million annually in scholarships to students in post-secondary programs nationwide. OFA Scholarship Website
DC Tuition Assistance Program The District of Columbia State Education Office (SEO) provides a variety of resources to help you find financial aid to pursue higher education at a college or university. In addition, the SEO allows you to apply for grant opportunities.  Students must be District of Columbia residents. DC TAG Website
Army Emergency Relief Fund AER funds are made available to commanders having AER Sections to provide emergency financial assistance to soldiers - active & retired - and their dependents when there is a valid need.
AER Scholarship Website
Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund FEEA is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation which provides educational benefits and emergency assistance exclusively to all civilian federal and postal employees and their dependent family members. FEEA Website
Scholarships for Military Children The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. Fisher House Scholarship Website
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Recipients must be US citizen or permanent resident of Hispanic background residing in the fifty states or Puerto Rico, starting as a college freshman, sophomore, junior or senior by Fall 2008, enrolled (or in the process of enrolling) as a Full-time undergraduate student (minimum 12 credits per semester), applying to or enrolled in an accredited college or university in the fifty states or Puerto Rico, and in good academic standing with a minimum of a 3.0  GPA on a 4.0  scale. HSF Scholarship Website
National Italian American Foundation Scholarship Category 1: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements, open to any field of study
Category 2: Those students from any ethnic background majoring or with a minor in Italian, Italian Studies, Italian American Studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential or high academic achievements
NIAF Scholarship Website
Seabee Memorial Scholarship Organization Eligibility: Sons, daughters, step-children and grandchildren of Regular, Reserve, Retired or deceased officers or enlisted members who have served or who are now serving with the Naval Construction Force (Seabees) or Navy Civil Engineer Corps, or who have served, but have since been honorably discharged. Scholarships are for four year bachelor ’s degrees, and are not available for part-time or graduate study. Seabee Scholarship Website
Tylenol Scholarship Healthcare isn't just a career–it's a calling. Practitioners must dedicate their entire professional lives to helping others stay well. Tylenol believes this selflessness should be rewarded. That's why we have awarded $250,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare. Tylenol Scholarship Website
Jeanette Rankin Foundation Each year the Jeannette Rankin Foundation awards grants to low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. The JRF grants are for $2000 and are awarded each fall. The grants are typically distributed through the financial aid office, but are not restricted to tuition expenses. JRF award money can be used for books, supplies, transportation, childcare, or other expenses that will help the recipient achieve her educational goals. Selection is competitive, which means that meeting the eligibility requirements does not guarantee the receipt of a grant. Jeanette Rankin Scholarship Website
American Association of University Women One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. AAUW Fellowship Website