Dozens of Scholarships available to WJCC students

Staff writer

For students attending Williamsburg-James City County schools, there are dozens of scholarships totaling more than $75,000 available from the Williamsburg Community Foundation.

The WJCC Scholarship Fund of the Williamsburg Community Foundation provides scholarships for students graduating from Jamestown, Lafayette and Warhill high schools. First established in 1974 as the Lafayette Education Fund, the fund is a community-wide effort to recognize the accomplishments of our students as they graduate from high school and support further education.

“These scholarships from a variety of sources, some are from local businesses like Chesapeake Bank that have sponsored scholarships like this for several years, as well as individuals donations, as well as memorial trusts, and even a few endowments,” said Nancy Sullivan, executive director of the Williamsburg Community Foundation. “There are a lot of people in Williamsburg who want to give back, see the value in education and want our students to be able to seek higher education.”

Scholarships are awarded, without discrimination, in consideration of these factors: curriculum difficulty, class rank, extracurricular activities, application essay and financial need. It is not necessary for a student to show financial need in order to be eligible for a WJCC Scholarship Fund scholarship, with the exception of the scholarships that specifically list financial need as criteria.

Last year 54 students received scholarships totaling $73,640 from the WJCC Scholarship Fund. They are expecting to give away at least $75,000 spread across 59 separate scholarships.

To see the various offered scholarships and to apply, visit williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org and click on “receive” then “scholarships.” The deadline to submit a completed application is 8 p.m. March 17. Questions may be directed to office@williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org or 757-259-1660.

Sean CW Korsgaard can be reached at 757-968-1529, by email sean.korsgaard@vagazette.com, and on Twitter @SCWKorsgaard.

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