To apply for a scholarship grant, a candidate must meet the following criteria:
- Be a resident or employee of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia
- Be a graduating senior or graduate of Charlottesville High School, Jackson P. Burley, or Lane High School; or have obtained a GED; or have completed an Individual Student Alternative Plan at CATEC (see note below)
- Meet low- to moderate-income guidelines
- Complete the scholarship application
- Be a citizen of the United States or hold a permanent resident visa
Note: Employees of the City of Charlottesville, including the Charlottesville City Public Schools, need not reside in Charlottesville or have met the requirements in No. 2 above. Tuition-paying students at Charlottesville High School are not eligible for this scholarship.
In addition, before scholarship funds can be disbursed, the candidate must provide the following letters:
- An acceptance letter from an accredited two- or four-year college or technical school
- A financial aid award letter from the school detailing the amount of aid the applicant will receive
Applications for a Charlottesville’s Promise Scholarship and supporting documents are accepted twice a year. High school seniors and adults may apply by March 1 for the following fall semester. Adults over 25 may also apply by October 1 for the following spring semester. Applications must be postmarked by those dates. In evaluating applications, the Selection Committee will consider past academic performance, employment history, life experiences, and any special circumstances noted in the application or references. In determining financial eligibility and the amount of the award, the committee will consider annual income and assets, as well as other resources available to the student and/or to the person claiming the student as a dependent; the tuition and expenses associated with attendance; and the total financial aid package offered by the applicant’s college or technical school or employer.
Distribution of awards is contingent on proof of enrollment. Recipients are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress and report to the Charlottesville Scholarship Program Board of Directors as requested. Students may use the scholarship to attend colleges and technical schools outside the Charlottesville area but they must continue to hold such ties to the City as to make it their permanent residence or place of employment.
Send completed application to
Charlottesville Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 1221
Charlottesville VA 22902