Sponsored Scholarships

Southside Virginia Community College encourages and recognizes excellence through a variety of scholarship programs. By completing this application, you will be considered for all scholarships available through the SVCC Foundation.

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The Ben L. Watson Benchmark Community Bank Scholarship honors Ben L. Watson and his service to the community and to Benchmark Community Bank as President and CEO. It recognizes Mr. Watson's valuable contributions to the area served by Southside Virginia Community College. Preference will be given to SVCC sophomores in the college's service area who maintain a 3.0 grade point average and are from communities served by Benchmark Community Bank.

The Moorhead Award was created by the Criminal Justice Club at SVCC in memory of Cecil Allen Moorhead, who was dedicated to the criminal justice field for over forty years. This $300 academic award is a one time award and will be given in May to the top-performing student in the Criminal Justice Program on the Christanna Campus. The selection committee will select the student who has completed two semesters in the program, has completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at SVCC with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better, is a resident of the SVCC service area, is actively involved in his/her church, community or other civic organization, and demonstrates leadership qualities.

This award commemorates Dr. Vaughan as a faculty member in the Electronics Technology program as well as his service to the college as Division Chair of the Business and Technology Departments. His efforts helped to insure the continued success of the students enrolled in the business and technology programs during his tenure at Southside Virginia Community College from 1970 to 1999. A $300 academic merit award will be given each May to the top-performing student in the Electronics Technology program on the Christanna Campus upon completion of his/her first thirty hours in the program.

The Dr. Theopolis Gilliam, Jr., Honorary Scholarship, established by family and friends honors Dr. Gilliam and his service to the community and to the field of education. It provides a scholarship to a recent Greensville County High School graduate with a 2.5 grade point average. This scholarship is renewable.

Established by friends, former students and colleagues of Dr. William E. Webb, The William E. Webb Memorial Scholarship will provide a scholarship or scholarships to deserving and worthy students of up to $500. To be eligible a student must be a Virginia resident, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, be a rising sophomore at Southside Virginia Community College and a full-time student in the University Parallel Curriculum. Preference will be given to residents of Halifax County.

The Florence Daniel Riepe Kalbacker Leadership and Community Service Award was established by her loving family. It is presented annually to a Southside Virginia Community College student on the John H. Daniel Campus who embodies the ideals and human spirit for advancing the community as exemplified by Florence Daniel Riepe Kalbacker.

Students graduating from service area high schools with at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and GED graduates who pass the state exam with a minimum score of 2700, are eligible for the Guaranteed Academic Merit Awards (GAMA) from the SVCC Foundation, Inc. Non-renewable awards of up to $1,500 are guaranteed to first-time students who have completed the financial aid application process but do not receive at least $1,000 in need-based aid. Half-time or three-quarter time students receive prorated awards.

The Honors Program was established in 1983 to challenge, stimulate and involve the superior student who has high academic standards and outstanding leadership potential. The program is designed for students enrolled in an Associate Degree curriculum.. Acceptance into the program is determined by the Honors Committee and is based on the following minimum requirements: (1) the student must be in the top 10 percent of his/her graduation class or have a 3.5 GPA or have an SAT score of 1100 or a comparable score on other standardized tests, (2) the student must have recommendations from three high school faculty members, (3) the student must complete an scholarship program application and a financial aid application, and (4) the student must have a personal interview with the Honors Committee. Students accepted into the program may be awarded a scholarship of up to $2,000 per year made available through the SVCC Foundation, Inc. All students accepted into the program will be given a new desktop computer. This scholarship is renewable if the student meets the high academic standards of the Honors Program.

All Honors Program participants will:
- Receive personal attention from a faculty member within your major area of interest.
- Have an opportunity to pursue a variety of honors courses, seminars and special projects.
- Be able to pursue individual interests and complete capstone projects which use and develop the critical skills needed for success in your field with the guidance of Honors faculty.
- Receive special notation indicating a College Honors Program graduate status will be found in your transcript

Established in memory of Misti Garner Dunn, a graduate of the Southside Virginia Community College Practical Nursing program, by her parents, the fund provides scholarships to eligible students to attend the SVCC Nursing Program. Preference is given to residents of Charlotte County who are attending the Practical Nursing Program.

The Mitizi Walthall and Maude Daniel Technical Service Scholarship has been established by family and friends. This scholarship provides assistance to full-time students in a technical program at Southside Virginia Community College. Technical programs include: Applied Electricity, Electronics Technology, Industrial Service Technology, and Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration. To be eligible a student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and preference will be given to graduates of Brunswick County High School.

The Alpha Theta Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa provides two annual scholarships of $250 for two outstanding Phi Theta Kappa members on the John H. Daniel Campus. Only graduating members who have actively participated in chapter activities are eligible for the scholarships. Each applicant will have to write an essay and the winners will be determined by a panel of three faculty members.

The Samuel Waverly Putney, Jr., and Grace Waring Putney Scholarship is a renewable annual scholarship (up to $1,000) awarded to a student who meets the following criteria: a graduate of Prince Edward County High School with a minimum graduating GPA of 2.5, enrolls as a full-time student at Southside Virginia Community College in a pre-engineering program, meets the Virginia domicile requirements and has a demonstrated financial need.

Established in memory of James F. Whitlow, who served with the Kenbridge Police Department for over 30 years, by his daughter, Cassandra Whitlow Smith. Sergeant Whitlow was also a member of the National Police Bloodhound Association and served on the Governor's Drug Task Force. It provides a scholarship to an Administration of Justice student on the Christanna Campus who has completed 34 credit hours. Students from Lunenburg County are encouraged to apply.

This scholarship fund was established in honor of Sheryl Lyn Stack, a 1993 graduate of Southside Virginia Community College, to provide music scholarships for students attending the Christanna Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.

Southside Electric Cooperative has established a scholarship fund at Southside Virginia Community College. Each scholarship will provide up to $500 to deserving and worthy students. To be eligible, applicants should have a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 and be admitted or enrolled in a regular program at the college as a full-time student. Preference will be given to members of the Southside Electric Cooperative. An eligible student must be a resident of Virginia and must reside within the SVCC service area.

The Dr. Robert F. Snead Memorial Scholarship provides one scholarship annually in the amount of $250 to a student who meets the following criteria: a rising sophomore attending the Christanna Campus, possesses a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, is enrolled as a full-time student, is a single parent, meets the Virginia domicile requirements, and has a demonstrated financial need. This is a non-renewable scholarship.

The Earle W. Moore Award is to commemorate the instrumental role Dr. Moore played in the establishment of the Estes Community Center located in Chase City, VA. This center houses a Southside Virginia Community College Practical Nursing Program. Without the hard work and dedication of Dr. Moore this specific program would not be available. A $250 award will be presented to the Estes Community Center top PN student as determined by academic standing at the end of the second semester (August) of the program.

The First Citizens Bank has established a scholarship fund at Southside Virginia Community College. Preference will be given to students accepted into or already enrolled in the SVCC nursing program. Applicants must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and must reside in Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg or Nottoway County.

Established by Julian M. Howell to honor his parents, the James Emmit and Ada P. Howell Memorial Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to needy but worthy Brunswick County residents to attend Southside Virginia Community College. Any person who is a resident of Brunswick County at the time of application and meets the Virginia domicile requirement is eligible to apply. Renewable scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded to help defray the cost of tuition and books.

The John H. and Eloise B. Daniel Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to assist eligible students to attend the John H. Daniel Campus of SVCC. It will provide a scholarship or scholarships of up to $2,500 to deserving and worthy students. To be eligible a student must be a Virginia resident, have a minimum high school grade point average or 2.5 and be admitted or enrolled in a regular degree, diploma or certificate program at SVCC as a full-time student. Preference will be given to residents of Charlotte County. This scholarship is renewable for a second year if the student maintains a GPA of 2.5 or better.

The John J. Cavan Scholarship Fund, endowed by a donation from Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Thomas, provides one scholarship to a resident of the SVCC service area who best exemplifies the dedication to educational attainment and community service demonstrated by Dr. John J. Cavan. The scholarship (maximum of $500) is renewable and is used to help defray the cost of tuition and books.

The K. George Verghese Memorial Academic Merit Award was established upon recommendation by the College's Arts and Sciences faculty to commemorate the instrumental role Dr. Verghese played in the establishment of the two nursing programs at the college. The $500 annual award is split between the top Registered Nursing and the top Practical Nursing student as determined by academic standing at the end of the Fall Semester for the RN award and the end of the Spring Semester for the PN award.

The Math & Science Club Merit Award recognizes the academic merits in the fields of Math and Science of students attending Southside Virginia Community College. The scholarship is an annual award that recognizes a student who is dedicated to math and science and exhibits a strong desire for achievement. The recipient will be awarded $250 and must have met certain criteria related to the Math & Science Club with a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The R. C. & Viola D. Hines Memorial Scholarship was established by their family. Mr. and Mrs. Hines were residents of Mecklenburg County and appreciated the value of education. Mr. Hines taught at Park View High School until his retirement. Recipients must be residents of Mecklenburg County. The Scholarships must be used for the purchase of textbooks.

Established by the estate of Maylia G. Rightmire to assist eligible students to attend SVCC, the Robert C. Wrenn Scholarship Fund is named in honor of SVCC Foundation President Robert C. Wrenn. Any person, who is a resident of Emporia and/or Greensville County, meets the Virginia domicile requirement and possesses a minimum high school graduating GPA of 2.5 is eligible to apply. Preference is given to full-time students with demonstrated financial need in either the Practical Nursing Program or the Associate Degree Nursing Program or in a minimum of six credits in any of the other certificate, diploma, or degree programs, which the college offers. Priority will be given to students taking classes at the Robert C. Wrenn Campus Without Walls in Emporia. Scholarships will not exceed $1,000 and will be used to help defray the costs of tuition, fees and books while attending SVCC. This scholarship is renewable for a second year if the student maintains a GPA of 2.5 or better.

The Southside Health Careers Scholarship was established through a fund-raising event co-sponsored by the Community Memorial Foundation and the Southside Virginia Community College Foundation. Preference will be given to students accepted into or already enrolled in a SVCC health career program. Applicants must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and must reside in a community served by Community Memorial Healthcenter.

Scholarship funds are available to tobacco growers or their immediate family members, tobacco quota holders or their immediate family members and tobacco workers to attend SVCC. The funds are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis while available. Awards will be made to cover tuition and fees. An eligible student must be a resident of Virginia and must reside within the SVCC service area.

Established by the instructors in the SVCC Truck Driver Training program, this scholarship provides tuition assistance to students enrolled in SVCC's Truck Driver Training School.