Wytheville Community College

May 9, 2017

WCC Accepting Applications for the Wythe-Bland Foundation Scholarship Program

The Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Wythe-Bland Foundation Scholarship Program. This extraordinary scholarship program provides up to five semesters of tuition and fees at Wytheville Community College (WCC) for all qualified high school graduates in Wythe and Bland counties.

“This is an incredible opportunity,” said Dr. Dean E. Sprinkle, WCC President. “The Wythe-Bland Foundation is to be commended for its tremendous vision in creating this scholarship program that can literally save local high school students and their families thousands of dollars.”

Since it was established in 2007, 988 students have benefited from the Wythe-Bland Foundation Scholarship Program with scholarships totaling over 3 million dollars.

The Wythe-Bland Foundation Scholarship is available to all high school students who graduate from a Wythe or Bland County High School and have lived in Wythe or Bland County for at least two years prior to graduation. Homeschooled and GED students may also be eligible. The scholarship pays for all tuition and fees that are not covered by financial aid or other scholarships and is available for both traditional programs, as well as short-term workforce training programs.

“The scholarship can help students earn any of the associates degrees offered at WCC,” explained Dr. Sprinkle. “This can include programs that lead to transfer to other four-year universities or programs that lead directly to job opportunities. We are also pleased that the program was expanded last year and now gives students the opportunity to complete short-term workforce training programs like welding, truck driver training, certified nurse aid, or our new powerline worker training program, all of which can be completed in just a few weeks and then lead to good-paying jobs.”

Application materials were mailed to all eligible high school graduates last month.  These materials are also available in the WCC Foundation Office (Smyth Hall, Room 147 on the WCC Wytheville Campus) or online at www.wcc.vccs.edu/wythe-bland-foundation-scholarship-program. Career Coaches are available in each of the local high schools, and Student Services counselors are available at WCC to assist students with the application process. Students may also contact Sarah Gibson, who serves as the Wythe-Bland Foundation Scholarship Program Manager. Her office is located in the WCC Foundation Office, and she can be reached at (276) 223-4719 or at sgibson@wcc.vccs.edu.