Scholarships

Image of FormsCollege Access Fairfax administers several scholarships available to Fairfax County Public School Students. Application submissions open October 15 each year.  In addition, please find links to other scholarship opportunities at the bottom of this page. 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.

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2023 Scholarship Applications will open October, 2022.

The Sharifa Alkhateeb Memorial Scholarship

One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior 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 and personal statement are required.  Application deadline is February 15.

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The Bloomquist Family Scholarship

One $5000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Fairfax County Public Schools who has earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 and who has shown through sustained involvement in family, school, and/or community that (s)he has made an “above and beyond” significant difference. Candidates should have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $2,500 as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report.  An essay and 2 letters of recommendation are required. Finalists will be interviewed.  Application deadline is February 15.

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The James H. Dillard, II Scholarship

One $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior planning to become a public-school teacher, preferably, although not required to be, in the subject areas of History or Social Studies. An essay and personal statement is required.  Application deadline is February 15.

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The Encouragement Scholarship

One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who has been designated as homeless or unaccompanied (status will be verified by the FCPS Homeless Liaison Office) or has been in the foster care system.  Candidates must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher and plan to attend a two- or four-year post-secondary institution.  A copy of the student’s Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA must be included (if unable to complete the FAFSA, please contact College Access Fairfax at info@collegeaccessfairfax.org for further instructions).  Letters of recommendation are optional, but an essay and personal statement are required.  This scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the donor.  Application deadline is February 15.

FCPS Countywide Darla Ellis Memorial Scholarship

One $3000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who has completed the majority of his/her high school years in Fairfax County Public Schools. Applicants must be continuing their education at a 4-year college/university. Candidates should be Pell Grant eligible (as determined by the FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $6,495 or less). Participation and/or leadership in church/school/community activities is required. An essay and 2 letters of recommendation are required. This scholarship may be renewable at the discretion of College Access Fairfax. (please note that Falls Church HS students are not eligible for this scholarship but should consider the “Falls Church High School Darla Ellis Memorial Scholarship” listed below). Application deadline is February 15.

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The LimKim Dreamers Scholarship

Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who have taken ESOL (English as a Second Language) classes during middle or high school in FCPS after immigrating to the United States with their parents.  Students must plan to continue their education at any accredited 2- or 4-year post-secondary institution.  There is no minimum GPA requirement and standardized test scores and letters of recommendation are optional. Application deadline is February 15.

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The Kendrick “New Trajectory 2-4-6-8” Scholarship

One $20,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who has realized the importance of education following a slow academic start; turning lower grades (C’s or below) into stronger grades (A’s and B’s) during their junior and senior year and thereby changing his/her future trajectory. Candidates should have an Expected Family Contribution of between $0 and $5,000 as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR). There is no minimum high school GPA requirement.  Amounts will be paid as follows: $2,000 for freshman year; $4,000 for sophomore year; $6,000 for junior year; $8,000 for senior year. Payouts are dependent on the recipient’s maintaining an average college GPA of 3.0 or higher. Renewal is at the discretion of the donor. An essay and 2 letters of recommendation required.  Finalists will be interviewed.  Application deadline is February 15.

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The Leslie Kent Memorial Community College Scholarship

Scholarships will be awarded to two graduating seniors who attend community college with the intention of completing their post-secondary education through a guaranteed admission agreement with a 4-year institution. Documentation of an Expected Family Contribution of between $6000 and$10,000 as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) is required. Applicants will be required to pay for their first semester, and upon successful completion of the first term, $2500 scholarships may be awarded for each of the following three semesters (students must take enough courses per semester to be on target for degree completion after four semesters). Recipients must maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.0 in order to remain eligible. An essay and personal statement are required.  Application deadline is May 31.

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The Leslie Kent Memorial Scholarship

Two $2500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who have an Expected Family Contribution of between $0 and $5000, as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report. Candidates should be the first in their family to attend college (students where one or both parents have received either a two- or four-year degree are not eligible). An essay and personal statement are required.  Application deadline is February 15.

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FCPS School Specific Scholarships

The Falls Church High School 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 a field which gives back to the community (medicine, education, public safety, government, social work, architecture, engineering, or non-profit).  Applicants may be continuing their education at a 2-or 4-year college/university or technical school.  Candidates should be Pell Grant eligible (as determined by the FAFSA with an Expected Family Contribution of $6,495 or less).  An essay and 2 letters of recommendation are required.  This scholarship may be renewable at the discretion of College Access Fairfax.  Application deadline is February 15.

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The Loretta Khayam Scholarship

One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Fairfax High School who has attained a Grade Point Average of up to 2.5 and, by graduation, has completed math courses no higher than Algebra II. Candidates should plan on pursuing further education at a two- or four-year accredited institution or technical school. An essay is required. Application deadline is February 15.

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The Gail E. Passino Scholarship

One $500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Hayfield Secondary School Hawk Writing Center tutor who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, personal growth, and involvement within the writing center. Candidates must be 2nd or 3rd year tutors. An essay and personal statement are required. Letters of recommendation are optional. Application deadline is February 15.

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The Woodyard Student to Student Scholarship

Two $1000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors (1 female and 1 male) 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 and personal statement are required. Application deadline is February 15.

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The David Tremaine Memorial Scholarship

One $5000 scholarship will be awarded to a Hayfield Secondary School graduating senior who has demonstrated participation and involvement in community service opportunities and given back to his/her community. In addition, consideration will be given to a student who has overcome adversity in the pursuit of a post-secondary education. Candidates 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 an Expected Family Contribution be included from a FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).  An essay and personal statement are required. Application deadline is February 15.

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The Michael Marshall Fund Scholarship 

At least one $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Annandale High School, Falls Church High School, Justice High School, or Mount Vernon High School who has plans to pursue a degree at a two- or four-year school eligible for USDOE federal funds.  Candidates must show a demonstrated interest and proficiency in the fields of vocal or instrumental performing arts.  While it is hoped that the student would pursue a degree in one of these fields, the intent to pursue these activities at the college level without a degree in those fields will be considered.  A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.  Candidates should have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $5,000 as reported on the FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR).  Please provide a 3-5 minute video recording of either accompanied or unaccompanied grade appropriate solo material that highlights your musicianship as a performer.  You can use any platform that you would like (i.e., private, YouTube, Dropbox, Google, etc.), as long as you provide a link for the committee to access of your performance. Renewal (for up to a total of three additional years) is at the discretion of the donor. Applicants are not required to submit an essay or letters of recommendation. Application deadline is February 15.

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The H. and R. Bubel Family Scholarship

One $1000 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from Woodson High School who shows a demonstrated interest and proficiency in the fields of vocal or instrumental performing arts.  While it is hoped that the student would pursue a degree in Music Education, the intent to pursue these activities at the college level without seeking a music degree will be considered.  This scholarship has no financial need requirement; however, two letters of recommendation (one from a music teacher), an essay, and a final interview are required.  In addition, students must provide a 3–5 minute audio file of either accompanied or unaccompanied performance from the past two years that highlights their musicianship as a performer.  Any platform can be used (i.e. private, YouTube, dropbox, Google, etc.), as long as a link is provided for the committee to access the performance.  Recipients will be expected to send a thank you note to the donor.  Application deadline if February 15.

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Additional Scholarship Searches

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia
United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
Asia & Pacific Islanders American Scholarship Fund
Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund
Fastweb: College Scholarship Search
Cappex: Your College Decision Headquarters (formerly Merit Aid)
Scholarships for Undocumented Students