The Charlottesville Scholarship Program (CSP) was established to assist City of Charlottesville employees, Charlottesville High School seniors, and CHS graduates who would like to further their education, but do not have the means to do so. The Preston Coiner Scholarship was created by the Coiner family in 2015 to honor Preston Coiner’s abiding interest in local history, and to assist local residents in their pursuit of post-secondary education.  Both scholarships are intended for low- and moderate-income applicants who are in need of financial assistance to attend an accredited two- or four-year college, technical school or certification program that upgrades job related skills.

Applications for the Charlottesville Promise and Preston Coiner Scholarships are accepted annually by MARCH 1ST. In evaluating applications, the Selection Committee will consider past academic performance, articulation of educational goals, 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.

Eligibility requirements for the Charlottesville Promise Scholarship

  1. One of the following must apply to you:
    I am a current CHS graduating senior and a current City of Charlottesville resident or
    I am a CHS graduate and a current City of Charlottesville resident or
    I am a GED recipient of the Charlottesville Public School System and a current City of Charlottesville resident or
    I am a current employee of the City of Charlottesville or
    I am a current employee of the Charlottesville Public Schools
  2. You must be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  3. You must be income eligible (see Income Requirements)
  4. You must submit your completed application by the March 1 deadline.

Note: Tuition-paying students at CHS are not eligible for this scholarship

Eligibility requirements for the Preston Coiner Scholarship

  1. One of the following must apply to you:
    I am a current graduating senior of a public or private high school in the City of Charlottesville or County of Albemarle and a current City or County resident or
    I am a graduate of a public or private high school in the City of Charlottesville or County of Albemarle and a current City or County resident or
    I am an adult who has established residency in the City of Charlottesville or County of Albemarle regardless of the high school from which I graduated
  2. You must be a U.S. citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  3. You must be income eligible (see Income Requirements)
  4. You must submit your completed application by the March 1 deadline.

 

In addition, if you are selected as a Charlottesville Promise or Preston Coiner Scholar, you must provide the following before funds are disbursed to your school:

  • Signed Memorandum of Agreement and Acceptance of Scholarship form
  • Copy of an official acceptance letter from the accredited two- or four-year college or technical school you will be attending
  • College student identification number
  • Verification of Enrollment/Pre-Registration form signed by the college registrar
  • Completed Student Contact Information form

 

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.  Scholars should keep CSP informed of any changes in contact information or enrollment status.

Send completed application to
Charlottesville Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 1221
Charlottesville VA 22902