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Jewel Heard Scholarship


The generous donors of the Jewel Heard Scholarship, who wish to remain anonymous, want to encourage and support promising black and African-American students from Staunton High School in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Jewel Heard was a beloved family friend after whom this scholarship is named.

Eligible candidates for this scholarship shall have financial need, will have maintained a respectable academic record or will have demonstrated academic improvement, and has a strong commitment to furthering his/her education.


If you would like to make a contribution in honor of Jewel Heard, you may do so online or mail a check payable to the Community Foundation to P.O. Box 815, Staunton, VA 24402. Please contact Menieka Garber with any questions at or 540-213-2150.


  • Black or African-American seniors at Staunton High School (Staunton, VA) who will graduate at the end of the current academic year and enroll full-time or part-time at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the continental United States the following academic year.
  • The selection committee will consider the following:
    • Financial need
      • Applicants must complete the 2021-22 FAFSA Form which is available October 1, 2020.
      • If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your GRASP Advisor, Rebekah Cempe. She is ready to assist you with the FAFSA, scholarships, and other financial aid questions virtually.
    • Academic merit
      • Maintained a respectable academic record or will have demonstrated a record of academic improvement.
    • Perseverance 
      • Shows an unwavering commitment to educational goals.
        • Ability to overcome challenges might be one example.

2021 Award Amount

The amount will be based on unmet financial need. This scholarship is renewable for three additional years provided the recipient remains in good standing with the academic institution at which they are enrolled.  

Application Deadline

March 1, 2021

Please contact the Community Foundation at 540-213-2150 or for additional information and/or clarification.

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