The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education

Scholarships & Fellowships

VFCCE scholarships and fellowships are the gifts that help to unlock lifetimes of potential.

Direct tuition assistance can help promising students across the Commonwealth prepare for in-demand careers within their local communities.

By virtually every measure, a college degree is a passport to a better life. From personal growth to greater career opportunities, the power of higher education is undeniable. However, not enough Virginia residents are able to take advantage of this opportunity because of rising tuition costs.

A College Education is Attainable

Tuition at a four-year public university in Virginia averages approximately $12,000 per year. At that rate, student debt can accumulate at an alarming pace, and fear of that snowballing debt is enough to make many students drop out before ever earning a degree.

Quality education at an affordable price is where community colleges truly shine. When financial aid and scholarships are included, the out-of-pocket cost for a two-year associate degree at one of Virginia’s community colleges drops well below $4,000 for most students. This investment in our students is one of the best decisions you can make in a rapidly expanding job market that demands new and specialty skills.

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“I’ve been extremely lucky because of this support system that’s permitted me to maximize my education dollars instead of taking on student debt which could limit my job options post-university. My Fellowship means that I can focus on finding a career best suited to me instead of merely one that can pay my student loans.”

Samantha
Graduate, Valley Proteins Fellow

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Supporter-Created Scholarships and Fellowships

EquipVA Scholarship Fund

Workforce Training program led by Karen and Steve Barrs to create scholarship opportunities for Virginia’s community college students. If you’re interested in pursuing a short-term training program that leads to career and job growth, then this scholarship may be a good fit for you.

Veterans Last Dollar Fund

This scholarship program is designed to assist veterans with transitioning to civilian life. Consider this scholarship if you’ve already been discharged or if your discharged is coming soon and you are ready to plan your next steps.

Florence Levine Berman Scholarship

Ms. Berman emigrated with her family to the U.S. far from the devastating effects of the Holocaust. She came to realize that through all the sacrifice, one thing was a constant beacon of hope: education. Ms. Berman became a champion of the community college concept and continued her education throughout her life via community college classes. Her daughter, Eleanor Saslaw, a member of the State Board of Community Colleges, established the Florence Levine Berman Scholarship in honor of her mother’s love of learning.

LaVonne Parker Ellis Scholarship

A member of the State Board of Community Colleges, LaVonne Parker Ellis lived, breathed, and loved community college education. She established a scholarship in 2015 that included the VFCCE in her estate plans, and today her spirit lives on in ongoing support for students who receive her scholarship.

Chris A. Lumsden Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship serves as a tribute to Mr. Lumsden, an exemplary leader in health care and champion for higher education. These funds provide financial assistance to students at Southside Virginia or Danville Community Colleges and lead to job placement within Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.

Potomac Health Foundation Fellowship

The Potomac Health Foundation Fellows Program provides financial assistance and a unique leadership curriculum to second-year students who demonstrate a preference to pursue a career in health care that involves direct patient care or a career that supports healthy communities. 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.

Dominion Energy Fellowship

The Dominion Energy Fellows Program supports veterans and their immediate family members during their second year of community college with tuition coverage, leadership training, and community service opportunities.

Davenport Early Childhood Development Fellowship

This fellows program operates in partnership with the Ben and Betty Davenport Institute for Early Childhood Development in Danville, Virginia. Second-year students pursuing careers in early childhood education at Danville, Patrick Henry, Virginia Western, or New River Community Colleges are eligible to apply. This fellowship supports students with tuition coverage, leadership training, and community service opportunities.

Valley Proteins Fellowship

The Valley Proteins, Inc. Fellows Program The helps promising second-year, full-time students who attend any Virginia Community College pursue their academic goals and strengthen their leadership skills. In addition to receiving full tuition, the Fellows participate in a unique curriculum of activities designed to expand their community involvement and cultivate a strong foundation for a successful future.

Fellows are required to attend three overnight leadership forums hosted in Richmond and other parts of Virginia. During these sessions, they meet and learn from leaders in state and local government, business, education, and non-profit organizations.

Supporter Spotlight

Karen and Steve Barrs are equipping Virginians with the tools they need to strengthen their lives, families, and community. The Barrs created EquipVA, a scholarship fund for college students working toward a professional certification at Rappahannock Community College or Thomas Nelson Community College.

Karen and Steve Barrs
Owners, Little England Mercantile

Karen and Steve Barrs

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