Community College Schoalrships

VFCCE Scholarships & Funds

Virginia Foundation for Community College Education Scholarships

The mission of the VFCCE is to provide access to education for all Virginians. Through the statewide scholarship program, students have the opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $1000 to $10,000. The VFCCE recognizes outstanding students of all ages and backgrounds. Statewide scholarship programs are outlined below. Additional scholarship opportunities are offered directly through Virginia’s 23 community colleges.


Visit our scholarship portal

More than 65 students were awarded scholarships this past year.  To be eligible for a VFCCE scholarship, a student must be a Virginia resident who is enrolled or plans to enroll at one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges.  Scholarship applications for the 2016 – 2017 academic year are due May 16, 2016.  Please visit the scholarship portal for more details on each scholarship and to apply.


Current Scholarships

Click here to see our scholarship recipients for 2015-2016

Potomac Health Foundation Fellows Program

The Potomac Health Foundation Fellows Program provides up to $8,000 in financial assistance and a unique leadership curriculum to second-year students who  demonstrate a preference to pursue a career in a health care field/setting that involves direct patient care or a career that supports healthy communities such as health care administration or medical research. Applicants must attend Germanna or Northern Virginia Community College full-time and reside in the following zip codes: 20112, 22025, 22026, 22079, 22125, 22134, 22172, 22191, 22192, 22193, 22554, and 22556.

Valley Proteins Fellows Program

For the fifth year, extraordinary second-year students attending a Virginia Community College will be selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. This prestigious scholarship will award up to $5,000 for tuition, books, fees and expenses. In addition to the generous award, the Fellows Program will provide recipients with the opportunity to share in special experiences to enhance their academic and leadership potential.

Laurens Sartoris Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Funded through the support of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association in honor of Laurens “Larry” Sartoris, former president of VHHA and former chair of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. The scholarship provides financial assistance to admitted nursing students attending Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Gerald Baliles Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded to first-time college students at Patrick Henry Community College to recognize Governor Gerald Baliles’ many contributions to the improvement of education for all Virginians, through the Patrick Henry Educational Foundation. For additional information and to apply for this scholarship, visit the Patrick Henry website.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is May 31, 2016.

Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

One scholarship will be awarded to a first-time or second year student pursuing a career in information technology or childhood education.

John T. Casteen III Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Two scholarships will be awarded to a full-time community college student attending any Virginia Community College who plans to transfer to the University of Virginia.

Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Three scholarships will be awarded to community college students who demonstrate potential for public service and civic leadership.

Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) Scholarship

Established by the Central VA Chapter of IREM to assist students pursuing studies in real estate or property management, one scholarship will be awarded to students attending a college in Central Virginia: Blue Ridge, Central Virginia, Dabney S. Lancaster, Danville, Germanna, J. Sargeant Reynolds, John Tyler, Lord Fairfax, New River, Patrick Henry, Paul D. Camp, Piedmont Virginia, Rappahannock, Southside Virginia, Virginia Highlands, Virginia Western and Wytheville.

Michael A. Smith Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Created with a generous leadership gift from Valley Proteins, Inc. along with numerous friends, family, business associates and students to honor Michael Smith, former chairman of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).  Three scholarships will be awarded to first-year community college students.

ACG Richmond Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

One scholarship will be awarded to a student at John Tyler Community College who is pursuing a business degree.  For more information or to apply for this scholarship, please visit the John Tyler Community College website.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 15, 2016.

The Eleanor Saslaw Commonwealth Legacy Scholarships

Through the generosity of Eleanor Saslaw, a scholarship will be awarded to a student attending Patrick Henry Community College. For more information or to apply for this scholarship, please visit the Patrick Henry Community College  website.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is May 31, 2016


The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is grateful to our friends and donors who are helping our students attend college and achieve their dreams. Thank you!

For more information, contact:

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200  (Note new address!)
Richmond, VA 23236

Dr. Jennifer Sager Gentry
Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
jgentry@vccs.edu
804-819-4962

Anne McCaffrey
Director of Development and Scholarships
amccaffrey@vccs.edu
804-819-5396