Scholarship Opportunities

Ann Chesley Edmunds  

In 2014 Sterling Edmunds established the Ann Chelsey Scholarship Fund in honor of his mother.Each year it is awarded to one or more Mecklenburg County residents.

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative  

The ODEC Scholarship, which was created in 2003 by the Old Dominion Cooperative,and is awarded to students from Halifax or Charlotte Counties.

Virginia Penick Estate 

Established by the Penick family in 2006 as a memorial to their mother, Virginia Penick who was a beloved teacher.This scholarship is preferably given to students studying education.


Established in 2002 and updated in 2018 by Chris Lumsden. He established this scholarship in honor of his parents, Alvelta Hope and Buford Tone Lumsden. It is designated to assist nursing/ medical students in their pursuit in the medical field.

Brad Ballou Memorial

Established in 2022, this scholarship is dedicated to serving the youth in Halifax County in his honor and celebration of life.

The Edmunds Scholarship For the Arts

Established in 2022, this scholarship will be awarded to low- and moderate-income students and minorities living in Halifax, Mecklenburg, or Charlotte County.

The recipients must seek to enroll in art classes offered by the Community Arts Center Foundation located at  The Prizery, 700 Bruce Street, South Boston, Virginia.

Scholarship Opportunities Cont.

Microsoft Scholarship 

The Microsoft Scholar’s Program is awarded to women and minorities who are underrepresented in the IT field

and are enrolled in the SVHEC IT Academy.

Leggett Scholarship 

Endowed in 2012, the Leggett Leadership Scholarship Fund was created to honor Tommy Leggett’s service to the Foundation and is awarded to students studying business, management, etc.

FOUNDATION Scholarship 

Since 2005, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation has awarded their own signature scholarships in the name of the Foundation.

One of the key principles is to keep education affordable by filling the funding gaps allowing students to focus on learning.

Dr. W. Joseph Ferguson Memorial Scholarship 

Established in 2021 and is open to all students enrolled at SVHEC.

Dr. Bill Bell Medical Education Scholarship 

Established in 2022 by the Dr. Bill Bell Medical Foundation is awarded to students pursuing a career in the medical field

J. E. Burton Construction Scholarship 

Established in 2022,  this scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in Workforce Training Certification Programs offered through the SVHEC.

 Scholarship Process

We encourage students who are enrolled in the SVHEC to apply for scholarships.

IT Academy certificate students are encouraged to apply for the Microsoft Scholars Program found on the last page of the application.

Before Beginning Your Application:

-Please have reference letters and a personal essay ready to upload.

-Be prepared before begining the form. You will not be able to save it to complete later.

-If you would like to make sure you have all required information before you begin, you may review a PDF copy of the application.

APPLICATIONS must be received at least 45 days prior to the start of class. Awards will be made before the start of classes.