In an era when a 4-year college education is in excess of $100,000, the Foundation’s third focus is on making education more affordable.  It has done this by making programs proximate to the student’s home and area business.  Furthermore the SVHEC marketplace provides the ability to use basic classes from community colleges combined with upper level university classes to achieve the same quality degree at a lower cost.

The Foundation also offers scholarships to help applicants complete their education.  Each year the Foundation offers numerous scholarships that help those in need to better their lives. We are able to keep education affordable through the support of partners and investors like you.  In 2015 the Foundation helped 32 scholarship recipients toward their goal of a better life. The Scholarship Application process is open from April 1st through July 11th.


provides scholarships/financial assistance to students enrolled at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. It is available to all applicants in all areas of study to include but not limited to the following programs:

  • Job Training
  • Vocational
  • Nursing
  • Nurse aid
  • Graduate and Teachers

Your application may qualify you for several different scholarships offered by the Southern Virginia Halifax Education Foundation, Inc.

Am I Eligible?

Before submitting an application, all applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Enrolled in a program or admitted to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Demonstrate financial need and good citizenship.
  • Apply for State & Federal Assistance by completing the FAFSA Application (not required for certificate programs, for example, welding)

The scholarship must be used in the intended year of study or must request an extension. Incomplete applications or applications received after deadlines will not be reviewed.

How Can I Apply?

All scholarship applicants must submit a completed application and the following required documentation (must accompany the application):

Recent High School graduates:
1. Official high school transcript if recent graduate and, if applicable, college transcript
2. Personal Statement/Essay stating career goals and aspirations
3. Letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor and/or teacher.
4. One character reference letter (from a non-family member)

Adult/Continuing Education students:
1. Current college transcript
2. Personal Statement/Essay stating career goals and aspirations
3. Letter of recommendation (from a non family member)
4. One character reference letter (from a non-family member)

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED April 1 to July 11. If mailing, postmark no later than July 8.

FAXED applications or applications lacking required documentation WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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SVHEF Scholarship Recipient: Marque Medley

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Marque Medley is accustomed to hard work, but was having difficulty obtaining full-time employment to support his family. That all changed in 2012 when he successfully completed the SVHEC’s first work-ready foundations Program.

During WRF, he earned several nationally recognized credentials and went on to obtain his Manufacturing Specialist certification. The MS Certification, developed by the Virginia Manufacturers Association, tests skills in 12 critical areas including algebra, spatial reasoning, and electricity.

With the strong foundation for workplace success, Marque was offered a position at

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