1. What is the Greenbrier Valley Scholarship Program?
The Greenbrier Valley Scholarship Program is a collaborative effort of area clubs, groups, organizations and schools that was established to enable students to more easily apply for scholarships in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counites. The online application is being managed by the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation.
2. Am I eligible to apply?
Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria created by the sponsoring individual or organization. You are encouraged to read through the list of scholarships offered to see if you qualify. Some of the scholarships included on this application are state-wide awards.
Once you submit the application, you will be able to see the scholarships for which you are a candidate by clicking the "My Opportunities" link on your navigation bar. The scholarships that you have already applied for will appear under the "Qualified Opportunities" header. Scholarships listed in the "Available Oppportunities" section are ones for which more information must be submitted in order for you to be considered. please click the "Apply" button to see the additional questions you will need to answer to be considered. You will not be able to submit an application if you do not meet the criteria.
3. What is the deadline to apply?
The majority of the scholarships require you to submit the application and supporting information by midnight on 15 March. Other deadlines may vary. Please check individual scholarships for their due dates. Even if you submit your initial application early, you may continue to submit additional essays and required information until the deadlines pass.
4. When will I find out if I have been awarded a scholarship?
Again, this varies according to the scholarship. Most will be awarded to applicants at the end of May at their high school’s awards assembly. Once the awards have been announced, recipients may receive email notifications confirming the awards. These may include forms to complete that are necessary for payments to be processed.
5. Are these scholarships taxable?
Monies received for tuition, fees and books may not incur tax liability while monies applied to room and board may be considered taxable income. These awards are to be applied to direct college expenses at the institution, such as tuition, fees and books. The recipient is responsible for any tax liability incurred as a result of this award. The student is fully responsible for all tax reports. The Greenbrier Valley Scholarship Program does not provide tax information to the student or the Internal Revenue Service.
6. If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I receive?
The amount awarded is posted under the list of descriptions. Amounts will vary.
7. Where can I go to school with these scholarships?
Generally, students may attend any accredited institution of higher learning; however, some scholarships are specific to certain schools and/or campuses. Any special criteria will be noted in the description of each scholarship.
8. If I withdraw from school, what do I do about the scholarship?
A student who withdraws from school for any reason will be expected to notify the sponsors of the scholarship of his or her status and refund the unused portion of the scholarship.
9. Does the Greenbrier Valley Scholarship Program make the decisions about who is awarded a scholarship?
Each scholarship has its own selection committee. The Greenbrier Valley Scholarship Program processes the application materials for the committees and then they choose the recipients of the awards.
10. If I am awarded a scholarship, do I receive a check?
That will depend on the scholarship; however, please note: the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation (GVCF) does not issue chacks to students. Instead, they will issue a check jointly to the recipient and the college and mail it directly to the college. You must provide GVCF with the appropriate mailing address and student ID number.
11. If I receive a scholarship for one year, will I automatically receive that award for the following year?
No. Most of the scholarships are a one-year award. Please check the description for each specific scholarship to determine if it is renewable. If you are eligible for a renewal, you may need to apply in subsequent years using the renewal application on this site.