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Rita Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Rita WilsonThroughout our community we will forever witness the contributions of our dear friend, the late Rita S. Wilson.  She worked continually to grow as an individual, make the most of her life, and support her family, friends, and the community at large.

Description

The Rita S. Wilson Memorial Scholarship will support residents of Staunton and Augusta County seeking to continue their education.  In addition to supporting high school seniors as they transition to college, the scholarship will be made available to adults in the workforce who, like Rita, choose to pursue higher levels of education and new skills.

Donate

If you would like to make a contribution in loving memory of Rita, 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 info@cfcbr.org or 540-213-2150. 

Eligibility

  • High School Seniors
    • Must be a candidate for high school graduation at the end of the current academic year from a public high school in Staunton or Augusta County who has been accepted into a certification program, or a program leading to an Associate or Bachelor degree at an accredited institution of higher education.
      • Additionally, first consideration will be given to graduating seniors who would be in the first generation of their family to pursue a post-secondary education.
  • Adult Learners
    • Must be a resident of Staunton or Augusta County who has already graduated from high school (including GED), been active in the workforce, and been accepted into a certification program, or a program leading to an Associate, Bachelor, or Master’s degree at an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Applicants shall demonstrate financial need and academic merit.
  • An eligible applicant must be a candidate for high school graduation at the end of the current academic year or have graduated (includes GED) and plan to enroll in a certification program and/or an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the Continental United States the following academic year.

Selection Criteria Used by the Evaluation Committee

  • Academic merit
  • Financial need
  • Preference will be given to applicants intending to pursue a career in education and/or demonstrating a commitment to community service.
  • Overall presentation of the application.
  • The candidate will be selected by a Community Foundation appointed scholarship selection committee for recommendation to the Community Foundation, in accordance with the Community Foundation’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

2021 Award Amount

To be determined. 

Application Deadline

March 1, 2021

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