College Access Fairfax offers several scholarships to Fairfax County Public School Students. Applications will be available here beginning November 1 each year. In addition, please find links to other scholarship opportunities here. Click the blue title of each scholarship to get more information and access the application. And, remember, you should never have to pay to search for a scholarship application.
The best source of scholarship information is your school’s Career Center Specialist. Click here for a complete list of the Specialists.
Project Discovery Scholarship
Open to any senior who has participated in the Fairfax County Public Schools Project Discovery Program through College Access Fairfax at any official Project Discovery school (Robinson, Hayfield, West Potomac, Edison, Mount Vernon). An essay is required.
“Last Dollar” Scholarships
Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, as shown by the FAFSA Student Aid Report. Priority is given to students whose Expected Family Contribution is $1500 or less. An essay is required.
The James H. Dillard, II Scholarship
One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student planning to become a public school teacher, preferably, although not required to be, in the subject areas of History or Social Studies. An essay is required.
The Woodyard Student to Student Scholarship
Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded (1 to a female student and 1 to a male student) to students who have participated in Hayfield Secondary School’s Student to Student program. Students should be pursuing a degree at a two- or four-year accredited institution. An essay is required.
Poole Foundation “Overcoming Adversity” Scholarship
Two $1500 scholarships will be awarded to students who have had to overcome a serious obstacle in pursuit of advancing their education and have an Expected Family Contribution of $0-$2500, as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report. An essay is required.
The Leslie Kent Memorial Scholarship
Two $2500 scholarships will be awarded students who have an Expected Family Contribution of $0-$5000, as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report. Students should be the first in their family to attend college. An essay is required.
Darla Ellis Memorial Scholarship
One $5000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Falls Church High School who is planning to pursue a degree in the public service field. Applicants may be continuing their education at a 2-year or 4-year college/university or a trade school. An essay is required. This scholarship may be renewable at the discretion of College Access Fairfax.
The Fairfax Eagle Scout Scholarship
One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who has successfully completed his Board of Review for the rank of Eagle Scout by the deadline for this application and has unmet financial need. Proof of rank attainment may include Eagle number, a letter from the Scoutmaster, or a letter from the Chair of the District Advancement Committee. An essay is required.
The Bloomquist Family Scholarship
A one-time $5000 scholarship is offered to a graduating senior from Fairfax County Public Schools who has earned a minimum GPA of 3.0, who can demonstrate financial need with SAR documentation (if a SAR is not available, then the FAFSA4caster may be used), and who has shown through sustained involvement in family, school, and/or community that (s)he has made an “above and beyond” significant difference. An essay is required. Finalists will be interviewed.
The Sharifa Alkhateeb Memorial Scholarship
One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a senior in Fairfax County Public Schools with a current GPA of 3.0, who has been accepted to a four-year college/university, and has done at least one of the following: a) Arabic: Completed at least one year of Arabic in Fairfax County Public Schools or b) Social Service: Maintained a successful track record organizing social service events and activities for those in need, such as domestic violence victims, the homeless, etc. and/or c) has undertaken activities which emphasize public service and civic activism. An essay is required.
Crayons to Careers
One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a student who started Fairfax County Public Schools in either Head Start or FECEP and continued the majority/all of his/her education in FCPS (grades 9 through 12 must have been completed in FCPS. Questions about eligibility may be addressed to Maura Burke at 703-208-7770). Applicants must be continuing their education at any accredited post-secondary 2- or 4-year institution. An essay is required. There is no minimum Grade Point Average (GPA), Student Aid Report (SAR) or US citizenship requirement for this scholarship. Scholarship may be renewable at the discretion of the donor.
The Kendrick ‘New Trajectory’ Scholarship
One $5000 scholarship will be awarded to a student who has realized the importance of education after a slow academic start and turned lower grades (C’s and D’s) in freshman and sophomore year into stronger grades (A’s and B’s) during junior and senior year, changing his/her future trajectory. Candidates should have an Expected Family Contribution of $0-$5000, as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report. An essay is required. This scholarship may be renewable for four years with the attainment of a 3.0 or higher grade point average at the discretion of the donor.
The David Tremaine Memorial Scholarship
Two $2500 scholarships will be awarded to Hayfield Secondary School students who have demonstrated participation and involvement in community service opportunities and given back to their communities. In addition, consideration will be given to students who have overcome adversity in the pursuit of a post-secondary education. Applicants must have attained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Although financial need is not a requirement, it is highly suggested that a Student Aid Report (SAR) be included for consideration. May be renewable for four years with the attainment of a 2.0 or higher grade point average and a letter describing any challenges overcome during the year and community service opportunities served at the discretion of the donor.