What is the Lynchburg Beacon of Hope $5000/$7000 Scholarship?
Since 2012, Future Centers have been operating at Heritage and E. C. Glass high schools with the sole purpose of encouraging more students to earn post-secondary certificates/degrees after high school and helping to remove barriers that prevent them from doing so. In April 2014, Lynchburg Beacon of Hope began offering a pilot scholarship program of what will ultimately be the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first Promise Program — a universal scholarship program for Lynchburg City School graduates. The Class of 2014 Scholarships were awarded to six LCS students and the Class of 2015 will be awarded a total of eight scholarships—four at E. C. Glass and four at Heritage High School. The Beacon of Hope Scholarships are designated for students who plan to enroll full-time (minimum 12 credit hours per semester) at an accredited college, career, or technical school in Virginia. Scholarships are last dollar in order to fill the gap after all other sources of funding have been exhausted. The $5000 scholarship awards will be distributed over the course of 2-4 years, depending on the student’s program of study. Scholarships can only be used for school-related expenses such as tuition, room & board, fees, or books, and will be paid directly to the institution the student attends. Recipients are eligible for scholarship renewal for the following years if the student remains academically eligible to return to his or her college, career, or technical school. It is the hope of the Future Centers and the Beacon of Hope that we can create a work force in Lynchburg that is so educated and prepared that businesses want to locate here and families want to live and work here. As such, in 2015, an additional $2000 in scholarship dollars will be awarded to LCS recipients who choose to attend one of the following local college partners: Central Virginia Community College, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, or Randolph College. Thus, for students who choose to attend one of the aforementioned local schools, his or her scholarship award would total $7000.
Who May Apply?
A student is eligible to apply for the Lynchburg Beacon of Hope Scholarships if he or she:
- plans to enroll full-time in an accredited college, career, or technical school in the Commonwealth of Virginia
- is a resident of Lynchburg City and has been enrolled in LCS since 9th grade
- graduates from an LCS High School with a 2.5 GPA or greater
Students must attach the following documents by Thursday, March 5, 2015:
- current transcript
- completed application
- 2 letters of recommendation,
- confirmation page of FAFSA completion (Student Aid Report)