CFNRV opens 2023 scholarship program

Thanks to the generosity of many donors, the Community Foundation of the New River Valley will award over $100,000 in scholarships in 2023 to New River Valley students. From now until January 30, 2023, the application for the CFNRV scholarship is open to students who plan to pursue studies or who are currently in school at two- or four-year colleges or universities as well as in trade or technical schools.

Since issuing its first scholarship in 2002, the foundation has awarded $1,190,000 to 939 students. Although there are dozens of CFNRV funds set up to fund scholarships each year, applicants only need to submit a single application to the foundation and indicate which scholarships they wish to be considered for. Many funds are created specifically based on financial need. In 2022, 40% of scholarship recipients were from low-income backgrounds.

This year, José and Sharon Simón created the Simón-Flora-Grohs Scholarship Fund to support New River Valley students. “We believe that education, not just college education, is one of the key elements to getting a head start or a head start on a good or better life,” said José Simón. “We chose CFNRV because of its geographic reach, commitment to the NRV community, and highly successful efforts to meet the diverse needs of its residents.

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The foundation’s scholarships support a wide variety of students, whether a student is a high school student, currently attending college or school, or someone returning to school later in life. Recipients can continue to apply for scholarships each year, with many students receiving funds each year throughout their schooling to help offset the costs of attending school.

“I am deeply grateful to the donors of my scholarship,” said Safa Ishaq, a 2022 scholar. to graduate from college.” This year, Ishaq was one of 18 Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund recipients.

Students can view the scholarship conditions and access the application at Any questions regarding the app can be directed to Laura Pynn at [email protected] or 540-381-8999. Applications are due Monday, January 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

– Submitted by Lindsey R. Gleason

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