Posted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017

VCCS Student Scholarships are here!

Submitted by Kristen Johnson, advancement services & foundation coordinator, Virginia Foundation for Community College Education

Know someone who wants to attend a Virginia community college next fall? Please let them know that there are more than 50 great scholarships offered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education this year. VCCS students can apply for the scholarships directly at

Applications are due by Sunday, April 30, 2017. Scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $7,000 and include:

  • Valley Proteins Fellows Program: Through the continuing generosity of Valley Proteins, Inc., the newest class of Valley Proteins Fellows will receive up to $5,500 for tuition and books, and will participate in a unique leadership curriculum. Open to rising second-year VCCS students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential.
  • Potomac Health Foundation Fellows Program: Open to rising second-year VCCS students pursuing a career in a healthcare field/setting that involves direct patient care, or a career that supports healthy communities, such as healthcare administration or medical research. Applicants must attend Germanna or Northern Virginia Community College and reside in the following zip codes:  20112, 22025, 22026, 22079, 22125, 22134, 22172, 22191, 22192, 22193, 22554, and 22556.
  • Laurens Sartoris Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship: Funded through a partnership with the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (VHHA) in honor of Laurens “Larry” Sartoris, former president of VHHA and former chair of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Four nursing students will receive up to $3,500 for tuition and fees.  
  • Dana B. Hamel Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship: This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to students who demonstrate potential for public service or leadership and who plan to pursue an education-related career.
  • Carol Childress Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship: This new scholarship was established in memory of a beloved co-worker by her family, friends, and colleagues. Applicants must demonstrate the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship, and must be pursuing a degree in information technology or computer science.

 Questions or need more information?  Please visit or contact Kristen Johnson at

This year’s Valley Proteins and Potomac Health Foundation Fellows attended the annual winter program, one of the leadership components of this unique experience, and which included a tour of the Virginia capitol and meetings with legislators.'

Laura Osberger

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