Information for Applicants

Scholarship recipients Edric Zhang and Sam Woolsey hold their scholarship certificates at the annual scholarship luncheon.
2023 scholarship recipients Edric Zhang (left) and Sam Woolsey (right) are both Blacksburg High School graduates.

Through the generosity of many donors, in 2024, the Foundation will give out more than $100,000 in scholarships to New River Valley students. The CFNRV’s scholarship application is open to high school students planning to pursue a degree or undergraduate students currently in school at 2- or 4-year colleges or universities as well as trade or technical schools. Older adults returning to school are also welcome to apply.

Additionally, there is one scholarship available to students pursuing a doctorate at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Since issuing its first scholarship in 2002, the foundation has awarded $1,2600,000+ to more than 1,200 students. While there are dozens of CFNRV funds set up to fund scholarships each year, applicants only need to submit a single application to the foundation and indicate the scholarships for which they would like to be considered.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

If you are a donor interested in establishing a Scholarship Fund, please visit this page.

The steps outlined below will help you select the scholarship that best suits you and allow you to apply in a timely manner. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact Laura Pynn, director of our scholarship program at or 540-381-8999.

STEP 1: Apply early. The application opens each October.
STEP 2: Complete the Student Financial Statement form.

What is the Student Financial Statement form? This is a form that we always require applicants to fill out to supplement the financial information that a FAFSA provides. The goal is to understand the financial circumstances of yourself and your family.

Because of the change this year with not requiring the FAFSA, we will only have this to rely on to understand your financial circumstances, so please be as detailed as possible. If you are dependent on parents or guardians, please give accurate information on their occupations and annual income. You can find the form at this link.

For all applicants, give details in the section that asks about extenuating financial circumstances. Include information on the following if it applies to you:

  • Whether you are paying for school by yourself or will get family support.
  • How many students in your family are currently in college/trade school.
  • How many dependents you have.
  • Details on debt you have or your family has. This can include: student loans, back taxes, medical debt, credit cards, etc.
  • Anything else you think would be relevant to further explain your financial circumstances.
STEP 3: Read about the available scholarship funds and select the scholarships for which you are eligible to apply:
STEP 4: Read the following documents in their entirety. Reach out to us if you have questions!
STEP 5: Request your academic transcript.

Don’t wait until the last minute to ask for your academic transcript! We accept an unofficial transcript so you would not need to pay for your transcript. There is a link to upload your transcript in your Student Portal. You may need to ask your guidance counselor to email this information to you. You will need to save the transcript to your computer and upload it into your application.

STEP 6: Ask for letters of recommendation.

Each applicant must submit two letters of recommendation. One of those letters must be from a teacher or professor. After you input their email address, the scholarship system will email a unique link to the individuals writing the letters and they will be prompted to upload their letter into the system.

It is your responsibility to ensure that these letters are submitted. Please make sure the people you would like a recommendation from know they will be receiving an email from us about it. Check our online system frequently to see if we have received the letters. If the letters are showing as not approved in the system, follow up with your letter writers to until you see that these pieces of your application are approved. Your application NOT COMPLETE without these letters and will be removed from the system if they are not there by the deadline!

STEP 7: Complete the Statement of Parental Refusal (if applicable).

You will need to upload this form to the Online Scholarship Application.

STEP 8: Regularly check your email for updates!

You can submit your application before we receive your letters of recommendation, HOWEVER, your application is not complete until we receive those letters. We will email you to let you know whether or not your application is complete, so make sure to regularly check your email for updates from our team.

Your application will be removed from the process if it is not fully completed. If you have questions at any time about your application before the deadline, you are welcome to call us, but please do not wait until the last minute to do so.

STEP 9: Submit the online scholarship application. The application is due at the end of January each year (this date varies year to year.)

All scholarship applications must be submitted through our online scholarship management system. No late applications will be considered.

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