Scholarships

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Arlington Community Foundation has a well-established Annual Scholarship Program that in 2021 awarded over $600,000 in college scholarships to 103 new students, with an additional 85 scholarships being renewed for returning college students. In the past decade, Arlington Community Foundation has awarded more than $5 million to Arlington students attending college. Generous individuals, families, companies and organizations fund the scholarships, which have their own unique eligibility criteria. If you are an individual or with a company that might be interested in starting a scholarship fund, please send us an email at any time.

A Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA is encouraged but NOT required to apply for scholarships. Students also have the option to submit other financial documentation if they are unable to complete the FAFSA. See the FAQs below for more information.

The scholarships application for the 2022-2023 school year is now closed. Check back in November 2022 and follow us on social media for updates:


Available Scholarships

We offer approximately 70 new college scholarships each year, with many differing criteria for eligibility, but only one application is required to be considered for all the available scholarships. For those students who choose to attend Marymount University, Marymount will match our scholarship award up to $3,000. At the end of each scholarship description, you will notice:

FN = Financial Need. For all scholarships marked with FN, a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA is encouraged but NOT required. Students also have the option to submit other financial documentation if they are unable to complete the FAFSA.

R = Renewable with good academic standing and continued financial need (if applicable)

Marjorie D. Buynak Scholarship (4 at up to $5,000; valued at up to $20,000) for high school seniors who are Arlington residents with at least a 3.0 GPA to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN/R

Charles M. and Elizabeth S. Munnecke Scholarship (4 at up to $5,000; valued up to $20,000) for high school seniors who are Arlington residents, who have attended an Arlington Public High School during their junior and senior years, to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN/R

Macy’s Scholarship (1 at $2,500; valued at up to $10,000) for high school seniors who are Arlington residents with at least a 2.5 GPA, to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. Two Macy’s Scholarships are available. One requires Financial Need and the other does not. R

Arlington’s Future Scholarship (2 at $2,000; valued at up to $8,000) for APS high school seniors who currently reside in committed affordable housing, as defined by the Arlington County Housing Division, to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. FN/R

Arlington Women’s Civic Alliance Scholarship (2 at $2,000; valued at up to $8,000) for a woman who is a resident of Arlington or who is a graduate of APS, to attend NOVA. Can be renewed up to three times at either NOVA or a 4-year school. Requires a minimum GPA of 3.0. R

Community Scholarship ($1,500 each) for previous recipients of ACF Scholarships, who remain in good academic standing at their undergraduate accredited postsecondary institutions and other scholarships for high school seniors as annually determined. FN

Frank K. Wilson Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for an APS high school senior who has had an Individualized Education Plan and plans to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN

Warren G. Stambaugh Memorial Foundation Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at up to $8,000) for an APS high school senior who has had an Individualized Education Plan and plans to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN/R

Tony Young Memorial Scholarship (1 at $2,500; valued at up to $10,000) for an APS high school graduate, or an Arlington resident with high school equivalent degree (ex: GED). To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must have a physical, cognitive or sensory disability. FN/R

Gail Nuckols Memorial Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for an Arlington public high school senior who has a B average and plans to attend a 4 year college or university. FN

Kar F. Gong Memorial Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at up to $8,000) for an Arlington senior on free or reduced lunch (prior to COVID-19) or who currently resides in committed affordable housing, as defined by the Arlington County Housing division. FN/R

Jackisch Scholarship (1 at $1,500; valued at up to $6,000) for an APS senior with a 3.0 GPA or higher. FN/R

Van Riswick Family Scholarship (1 at $1,500) for an Arlington resident who is an APS high school graduate (attended an APS high school during their junior and senior years), or for an Arlington resident with high school equivalent degree (ex: GED), to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN

University of Management and Technology Scholarship (3 at $2,000; valued at up to $6,000) for Arlington students with at least a 3.0 GPA. Awards can be made to applicants who are returning to school or enrolling for the first time as an adult. Renewable for only two additional years. Students can reapply for extensions beyond the 3-year term of the award. R

Wilkerson Family Scholarship (3 at $2,000; valued at $8,000) is for a deserving Arlington high school student. FN/R

Bharati and Lincoln Jain Scholarship is for a renewing student in their 3rd or 4th year who needs the funds to persist and finish their degree. FN

Shay Family Scholarship (up to $4,000) for a new or renewing student to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN

Ben and Irene Burdetsky Scholarship (2 at $1,000; valued at up to $4,000) for APS high school seniors, 1 male and 1 female, to attend an accredited postsecondary school. Consideration will be given to student’s participation in athletics, community service, and leadership. FN/R

Donn and Michael Marston Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for a high school senior who is an Arlington resident who has made a significant contribution to the athletic program in his/her Arlington high school.

Patrick M. Rockelli Memorial Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for a member of the Yorktown HS Football team.

James T. Schollaert Memorial Wrestling Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for a member of an APS wrestling team.

Bill White Tennis Scholarship (1 at $2,000) for a member of the Yorktown HS tennis team.

Christopher M. Cooper Memorial Scholarship (1 at $1,500) for a graduate of an Arlington high school (public or private) or Arlington Resident with a high school equivalent degree (e.g., GED), with a minimum 3.0 GPA, who played on the varsity or junior varsity baseball or softball team at one of Arlington’s high schools. FN

Tiffany May Joslyn Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance Scholarship (1 at $2,500) for APS high school seniors who are members of their school’s Gay Straight Alliance or whose accomplishments demonstrate significant support for the APS policies of diversity, fairness, and safety, as demonstrated in an essay.

Arthur W. Gosling Scholarship (1 at $2,500) for an APS high school senior who has a strong record of community service and who plans to attend either George Mason or Marymount University. FN

Rich Doud Arlington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship (2 at $2,000) for high school seniors, who are Arlington residents, who have at least a 2.8 GPA, and who demonstrate student and community leadership, to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN

Terry Holzheimer Memorial Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for an APS senior with a 3.0 GPA or higher and a strong record of community leadership. FN/R

Dorothy E. Rogers Memorial Scholarship (1 at $2,500, valued at up to $10,000) for an APS high school senior who is pursuing a degree in a medical field. FN/R

Patricia Blaine Memorial Scholarship (1 at $1,500) is for an Arlington high school student planning to pursue a career as a registered nurse or other healthcare professional. FN

Dolan Family Nursing Scholarship (2 at up to $5,000; valued at up to $20,000) for Arlington residents, either graduating from an Arlington high school, or currently in college, to study nursing at an accredited postsecondary institution. FN/R

Rose Bente Lee Scholarship (1 at $1,500) for an Arlington resident to study nursing at a Virginia college or university. FN

David M. Brown Memorial Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at up to $8,000) for an APS high school senior who has a demonstrated interest in STEM fields. FN/R

Jerome Evenson Scholarship (1 at $3,000) for an Arlington public high school senior planning to study science, with a preference for a student wishing to become a science teacher, to attend a four-year college or university. FN

Wang Family Scholarship (2 at $5,000; valued at $25,000) for an APS high school female student who wishes to pursue STEM studies. FN/R

Martin Less Health Science Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at $8,000) for a student pursuing a major in the health field or health science. Preference is for a student attending a Virginia public college. FN/R

Emerson G. and Dolores G. Reinsch Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for an APS high school senior with at least a 3.0 GPA to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. Preference is given to a student with entrepreneurial spirit and/or planning to study business. FN

Honorable William T. Newman Jr. Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for an Arlington African-American high school senior who resides in Arlington with at least a 3.0 GPA, with an interest in the law or the fine arts, to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN

Dr. Robert G. Smith Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at $8,000) for an APS high school senior who is interested in pursuing a degree in Education. FN/R

Arlington Retired Teachers Association Scholarship (1 at $2,500; valued at $12,500) for an APS high school senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, who is interested in pursuing a degree in Education. FN/R

Joan LeBeau Anderson Scholarship (1 at $1,000) is for an Arlington high school student planning to pursue a career in education.

Arthur Gosling Educational Leadership Scholarship (1 at $1,500) is for an APS graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership and plans on a career in education. FN

The Arlington School Administrators (ASA) and the Arlington School Administrator Associates (ASAA) Scholarships (9 at $1,500) provide support annually to students planning to attend a 2- or 4-year college or university. Students are selected based on their demonstration of success and perseverance in the face of obstacles or difficult circumstances. Preference will be given to students who are pursuing a career in education and who have a long history of attendance in the Arlington Public Schools. FN

Future Educators Scholarship (1 at $2,500; valued at $12,500) for an APS high school graduate interested in becoming a teacher or studying education at an accredited institution of higher education. R

Michael A. Musto Memorial Scholarship Fund (1 at $2,000; valued at $8,000) for an APS graduate planning to attend an accredited postsecondary institution and pursuing a degree in education. Preference will be given to a student wishing to become a secondary level history teacher. FN/R

Northern Virginia Building Industry Association Scholarship (1 at $2,500) for a student planning to pursue a degree in a construction-related field. Awarded student must be attending a 2- or 4- year public college or university or accredited institution in Virginia. FN

John and Priscilla Becker Scholarship (1 at $2,500; valued at $10,000) for a public school student interested in international relations, political science, government, and/or history OR music. FN/R

Valerie and Allen Kitchens Family Scholarship (2 at $1,000; valued at up to $4,000) for an APS high school senior who will be taking at least twelve credits at a community college. FN/R

Mary Marshall Scholarship (6 at $1,500; valued at up to $4,500) for a graduate of an Arlington High School to attend Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Renewable for two additional years. R

Arlington Education Association/AEA Retired Scholarship (2 at up to $5,000; valued at up to $10,000) for a APS high school senior to attend NOVA. Renewable for two additional years. R

New Americans Scholarship (1 at $5,000; valued at up to $25,000) for an APS high school senior or college student who is or whose parent is a refugee or immigrant to the U.S. Renewable through undergraduate degree with good academic standing. FN/R

Ernest A. and Virginia C. Karl Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at up to $8,000) for a Washington-Liberty High School senior with at least a 3.0 GPA and a parent who is a refugee or immigrant to the U.S. Student must be a citizen or permanent resident. Renewable with good academic standing. FN/R

Civic Federation 911 Scholarship (3 at $1,000; valued at up to $4,000) for high school seniors or students who have deferred college enrollment for one year and who had a 2.5 high school GPA to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. Applicants must have a parent who has been an Arlington County uniformed public safety employee or dispatcher for not fewer than 10 years, retired from one of the respective departments, been permanently disabled on the job, or killed in the line of duty. R

Arlington Mill High School

Arlington Community High School Scholarship (2 at $2,000; valued at up to $4,000) for an Arlington Community HS Student with a GPA of at least 2.5. Renewable for 2 additional years. R

AHC Inc.’s Resident Services Program

Joy Rambert AHC Inc. Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at up to $8,000) for an Arlington student who was an active participant in AHC’s Resident Services Program. R

Taylor Elementary School

Ralph Stone/Taylor Pride Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for an Arlington resident who attended Taylor Elementary School to attend a 4-year accredited postsecondary institution.

Glencarlyn/Carlin Springs Elementary School

Glencarlyn/Carlin Springs Scholarship (1 at $1,500; valued at up to $6,000) for an APS high school senior with at least a 2.5 GPA, who attended Glencarlyn or Carlin Springs Elementary School for at least 3 years, to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN/R

Wakefield High School

Wakefield Class of 1958 Scholarship (2 at $1,000) for a Wakefield High School student to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN

Washington-Liberty High School

Barr Scholarship (up to 7 at $1,500) for Washington-Liberty HS students to attend an accredited postsecondary institution. FN

Elizabeth P. and Edmund D. Campbell/Verizon Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for a Washington-Liberty HS senior to attend a 4-year college or university.

Ernest A. and Virginia C. Karl Scholarship (1 at $2,000; valued at up to $4,000) for Washington-Liberty HS seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA. FN/R

Yorktown High School

Nancy Forkois Yorktown ’72 Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for a female Yorktown HS senior with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who has a parent or grandparent who saw active duty in, or directly supported, any conflict from 1965 to present through service in the United States Military. FN

Alexis Jackson Memorial SOAR Scholarship (1 at $1,000) for a Yorktown HS Senior who has been an active participant in the SOAR program and has demonstrated concern for the community and strong academics or academic progress.

Other Yorktown High School see Athletic Scholarships, above.

Patrick M. Rockelli Memorial Scholarship 

Bill White Tennis Scholarship


Application

When you apply to our scholarship program, you will be considered for every scholarship for which you are eligible.

If you are a new applicant this year, or you have never received a scholarship from the Arlington Community Foundation, then you need to complete an online scholarship application form between December 20, 2021 and February 4, 2022.

You will also be required to submit the following required documents by February 8, 2022:

  • – Current High School or College Transcript
  • – One or two letters of recommendation – from someone that knows you well other than a family member

To be considered for financial-need based scholarships, you may be required to submit the Student Aid Report from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2022. If you are not eligible to submit the FAFSA, you may be asked to provide other information regarding your financial status.

Note: Your application will be considered complete only after the Foundation has received your letter of recommendation and your current high school or college transcript. Please direct any questions to scholarship@arlcf.org, or call us at (703) 243-4785.

If you previously received a scholarship from Arlington Community Foundation, all you need to do is complete an online application form and submit the following materials between December 20, 2021 and February 4, 2022.

Renewal Scholarship Applications

  • – College Transcript – required

Nonrenewable and Community Scholarship Applications

  • – College Transcript – required
  • – Student Aid Report from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are not eligible to submit the FAFSA, we will ask if you lived in affordable housing and/or received free and reduced lunch in high school.

Not sure if you need to submit a Student Aid Report? Call us at 703.243.4785 or email scholarship@arlcf.org.


Scholarship FAQs

The 2022-2023 application period will open December 20, 2021 and close at 11:59 PM February 4, 2022. We will make the announcement and other updates on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

For new applicants, the online application usually takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete and requires a brief personal statement. The application also requires one letter of recommendation and your high school transcript. The Student Aid Report from the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or other proof of financial need may be required for financial need-based scholarships.

No. Arlington Community Foundation is no longer requesting SAT or ACT scores.

A Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA is encouraged but NOT required. Students also have the option to submit other financial documentation if they are unable to complete the FAFSA.

For questions regarding the FAFSA, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665. If your family’s taxes are not final when you submit your FAFSA, you will receive a preliminary “Expected Family Contribution” amount that can be submitted to the Foundation.

You may still submit an application and we will ask you to provide other information regarding your financial status. You will also be considered for all of our non-financial need-based scholarships. In addition, there may be other scholarship programs to which you can apply; contact your school’s counselor for more information. Websites like FastWeb and FinAid are good search engines for scholarships of all types.

We anticipate notifying selected applicants of their scholarship match and amounts by the end of April to allow time for this offer to be incorporated into college acceptance plans. There will be an evening reception for all recipients at the beginning of June. Checks are mailed directly to universities and colleges in July.

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