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What is the "Forging Futures Scholarship?"

Through generous grant funds awarded to WCC by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the WCC Educational Foundation established the "WCC Forging Futures Scholarship Program," a unique program that provides a full tuition and fees scholarship award to qualified students.

Who is eligible?

WCC students who are enrolled in an approved program at Wytheville Community College and who were either:

  • A tobacco grower, producer or quota owner from 1998 to 2004 according to USDA Farm Service Agency records or the spouse, child (natural or adopted), step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or direct descendent thereof, or
  • A former employee of the tobacco processing industry in Virginia as evidenced by pay stubs or tax returns issued by such employers, or
  • A resident of Carroll County, Grayson County, Smyth County, or the City of Galax who meets established income guidelines (growing tobacco is not a requirement)
  • All recipients must meet the minimum 2.0 grade point average guidelines.

What does the scholarship cover?

These scholarships are "tuition only" and can only be used strictly for tuition and fees and are designed to help fill the gap not covered through federal and state financial aid. All awarded federal and state financial aid, including any student loans, must be applied to the student's account first. The scholarship cannot be used to purchase books or supplies.

How can I apply?

Students can apply for the "Forging Futures Scholarship" by filling out the scholarship application. For your convenience, the application can now be filled out and submitted online. Students may also still complete paper applications.

To be considered for any scholarship, applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov to determine whether or not the applicant meets established income guidelines. For more information about financial aid and the FAFSA, please click here or call the office toll free at 1-800-468-1195, extension 4703. On the WCC main campus, the Financial Aid Office is located in Bland Hall, Room 221.

What documentation do I need to provide if my family or I were tobacco growers?

If your family or you were tobacco growers, please provide the following proof of eligibility to the WCC Educational Foundation office at 1000 E. Main Street, Wytheville, Va., 24382. Paperwork can also be dropped off  on campus in Smyth Hall, Room 147.

  • Form 156 EZ or MQ 24 obtained from the USDA Farm Service Agency.
  • Documentation of former employment in the Virginia tobacco processing industry.
  • Certification in the form of a notarized statement explaining the familial relationship to eligible grower, producer, or quota owner.

What else should I know about this and other scholarships at WCC?

This scholarship program has made obtaining a college education at WCC much more affordable for many students. Many "Forging Futures" scholarships are awarded each semester. Priority is given to tobacco growers and full-time students, and scholarship awards are subject to available funding. In addition to the "Forging Futures Scholarship," the WCC Educational Foundation also has many other scholarships. For that complete list, please click here or the Virginia Education Wizard.

What if I have questions about the scholarship or the application process?

Please call (276)223-4771 or email foundation@wcc.vccs.edu with any questions regarding this scholarship or the application process. WCC Educational Foundation staff members will also be happy to speak with you on campus during our regular office hours, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

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