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Scholarships at the Eastern Shore Community College have been established through the generosity of individuals, organizations, businesses, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation.

Some scholarships are based on academic merit, some on financial need, and some on a combination of different factors.  Please carefully read each scholarship description to see if you meet the criteria for selection. All scholarship applicants are encouraged to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine their eligibility for other financial aid.

Unless otherwise stated, scholarship applicants must be a degree or certificate-seeking student at the Eastern Shore Community College.

Students may apply for any of the following scholarships by completing the ESCCF Scholarship App Spring 2015

Deadline for receipt of the completed application is generally mid-May for the following fall semester and mid-November for the following spring semester.

ARC WELDERS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.
Funded by Mr. Harold Bushong.

  • Applicant must maintain a minimum of a 3.89 grade point average.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in an electronics program.
  • After minimum academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.

ATLANTIC DISTRICT RURITAN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $200.

Funded by the Atlantic District Ruritan Club.

  • Applicant must be resident of Accomack County.
  • If an entering high school student, must have a minimum “B-” cumulative grade point average.
  • If a returning student, must maintain a 2.25 cumulative grade point average.
  • After minimum academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.

BANNON FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Five awards of $800 each.
Funded by the Bannon Foundation.

  • If an entering high school student, you must have a minimum “B-” grade point average.
  • If a returning student, you must maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  • After academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.

CHARLES E. PORTERFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.
Given in memory of Charles E. Porterfield, CEO of the former Taylor Packing Company in Hallwood, who was an early supplier to a home-based business of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Funded by the Blue Crab Bay Co., a division of Bay Beyond, Inc.

  • Applicant must be accepted into the Business Management Associate Degree Program.
  • Applicant must have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Northampton or Accomack Counties.
  • Scholarship awardees will be eligible to serve as an intern at Blue Crab Bay Co. /Bay Beyond Inc.; part-time employment opportunities also may be available.
  • Preference given to someone interested in serving in the internship.
  • Automatic renewal for a second year if maintain 3.0 grade point average and participate in the internship.

C.L. COURTNEY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of variable amount.
Given in the memory of C.L. Courtney.
Funded by the family and friends of C.L. Courtney.
This scholarship is selected by Nandua High School.

COMMONWEALTH LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $3,000.
Funded by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.
This scholarship is awarded to a first-time, full-time, degree-seeking student who has demonstrated academic excellence, has a willingness to promote community college education and mentor future scholars, and demonstrates a commitment to developing leadership potential.

DAVID O’DELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $200 (fall semester only).
Funded by family and friends of the late David O’Dell.

  • Applicant must maintain a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in 6 credits or more in general studies or education.
  • Preference given to students desiring to major in English, Journalism or the Arts if transferring to a 4 year college or university.
  • Financial need must be demonstrated.

DAVID R. (SKEET) SKEOCH SCHOLARSHIP

One award of a variable amount.
Funded by the friends and family of the late David R. Skeoch.
This scholarship is awarded to a degree-seeking, Accomack County student who demonstrates financial need. New students must have at least a “B” high school average. A 3.00 grade point average must be maintained.

DR. JOHN W. ROBERTSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $750.
Funded by the Onancock Rotary Club.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in at least 12 credits and must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Accomack County and have resided in the county for at least 6 months prior to submission of application.
  • Financial need must be demonstrated.
  • Preference will be given to those who demonstrate a record of service to the community.
  • All students must meet the residency and academic requirements.  Thereafter, financial need will be the most important consideration.
  • Community service will be the deciding factor when applicants’ other qualifications are similar.

DR. JOHN ROGERS MAPP SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $900.

Funded by the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 90 cumulative average or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school subjects.
  • Must demonstrate involvement in high school activities.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative academic average at ESCC.

Returning students:

  • Must have completed at least 12 credits and maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

Financial (new and returning):

  • If the Financial Aid Committee finds little difference in the overall academic qualifications of applicants, preference will be given to the applicant with the greatest financial need.

DR. RONNIE AND BRENDA HOLDEN SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.

Funded by Dr. Ronnie and Brenda Holden.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 3.00 on a 4.0 scale in high school subjects.
  • Must be majoring in a business or education program.

Returning students:

  • Must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average at ESCC
  • Must be majoring in a business or education program.

Financial (new and returning):

  • After academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.

EASTERN SHORE ANGLERS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $250.
Funded by the Eastern Shore Anglers Club.

Returning students:

  • Must be in a degree program.
  • Must have completed at least 12 credits with a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

New students:

  • Must be admitted into a degree program at ESCC.
  • Graduated from high school with a minimum 80.00 numerical average or 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.

All applicants:

  • After the minimum academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant who demonstrates the greatest financial need.
  • Recipient must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average at ESCC.

EASTERN SHORE NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS

Five awards of $500 each.
Funded by the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation.

Three awards have financial need as the primary criteria.  Two awards are based solely on academic merit.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credits applicable to the ESCC/TCC Cooperative Nursing Program or ESCC Practical Nursing Program.
  • Applicant must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial  need.

EDWIN LEATHERBURY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Two awards of $1000 each.
Funded by the family of Edwin Leatherbury.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 90 cumulative average or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school subjects.
  • Must demonstrate involvement in high school activities.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative academic average at ESCC.

Returning students:

  • Must have completed at least 12 credits and maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

Financial (new and returning):

  • If the Financial Aid Committee finds little difference in the overall academic qualifications of applicants, preference will be given to the applicant with the greatest financial need.

ELIZABETH PAYNE MILES, VERNON W. MILES AND ISABEL G. BLANCO SCHOLARSHIP

Five awards of $1,600 each.
Funded by the late Vernon W. Miles in memory of his wife, himself and Isabel G. Blanco.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average in high school subjects.

Returning students:

  • Must have completed at least 12 credits and  maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

New and returning:

  • After the minimum academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant who demonstrates the greatest financial need.
  • Must be enrolled in the Education degree, Early Childhood Development degree or Early Childhood Development certificate program.

THE FIRST GENERATION SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $3,000.

The award is to be made to one student each year and used toward continued pursuit of an Associate’s degree.  The scholarship is to be used for tuition and fees only.

Funded by an anonymous donor.

  • Must be enrolled in a degree program, but may be either full- or part-time student.
  • Must have accumulated at least 30 credits.
  • Must have a 2.70 cumulative grade point average.
  • Must be the first person in their immediate family (parents and siblings) to have attended college.

After the above criteria have been met, preference will be given to an applicant whose family or themselves are immigrants to the United States.

FRANCES B. LATIMER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.

Given in memory of Frances B. Latimer by Mrs. Latimer’s family to benefit students in the Early Childhood Development program.. Mrs. Latimer loved children and spent many years teaching school in New York City and Accomack County, Virginia. She also achieved tenure as the director of the local Project Head Start. Her love of local history led her to establish her own publishing company, Hickory House, which produced dozens of works. In keeping with her background of teaching, her work became a significant contribution to the series teacher’s guide titled “America’s Journey Through Slavery”. Mrs. Latimer was very active in the community, including ESCC.
Funded by George Latimer.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative average in high school subjects.
  • Must be in an Early Childhood program.

Returning Students:

  • Must maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  • Must be in an Early Childhood program.

Financial (new and returning):

  • After minimum academic requirements are met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.

GREGORY A. TAYLOR, JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.
Funded by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in the Certificate in Welding or Career Studies Certificate in Welding program.
  • Applicant must be most likely to complete program successfully in a year.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with a strong record of extracurricular or community activities.
  • After all other required criteria are  met, preference will be given to applicant who demonstrates the greatest financial need.

H. MICHAEL JUDGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.

Given in memory of H. Michael Judge who died in an automobile accident on February 28, 1991. After five years of military school he enrolled at ESCC to be closer to home. His love for the water and the environment led to his decision to pursue a degree in Marine Biology. It is the hope of his family that this scholarship will, in some way, help a student fulfill his or her dream.
Funded by Linda L. Judge.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 2.75 cumulative average in high school subjects.
  • Must be in a transfer program.

Returning Students:

  • Must maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  • Must be in a transfer program.

Financial (new and returning):

  • After minimum academic requirements are met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.

H. POWELL CUSTIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $900.
Funded by the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 90 cumulative average or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school subjects.
  • Must demonstrate involvement in high school activities.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative academic average at ESCC.

Returning Students:

  • Must have completed at least 12 credits and maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

Financial (new and returning):

  • If the Financial Aid Committee finds little difference in the overall academic qualifications of applicants, preference will be given to the applicant with the greatest financial need.

JANE DUER CHANDLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $600.Given in memory of Jane Duer Chandler.
Funded by friends and family.

  • Applicant must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.
  • If an entering student, must have had a minimum of a “B-” high school average.
  • Applicant must enroll full-time in an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree (Transfer) Program.
  • Applicant must have been a resident of Accomack County for at least two years.
  • Financial need must be demonstrated.

JEANINE WATERFIELD TYSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $1000.
Given in memory of Jeanine Waterfield Tyson.
Funded by Bonnie and R.L. Waterfield.

  • Applicant must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.
  • If an entering student, must have had a minimum of a “B-” high school average.
  • Applicant must enroll in the Education curriculum.
  • After academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the student who demonstrates the most energy through his/her community/school involvement.
  • If candidates are equally qualified, preference will be given to the student with the most financial need.

JEREME JAMES PARKS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.
Given in the memory of Jereme James Parks.
Funded by friends of Jereme James Parks family.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a high level of financial need.
  • Upon awarding of this scholarship, recipient must write a letter to the parents introducing themselves and advising them of their educational plans.

JOHN H. DAVIS ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.
Funded by friends and family through the Johna H. Davis Endowment Fund.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a transfer degree program.
  • Applicant must have and maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average.
  • Preference will be given to the student who is interested in pursuing a career in insurance or real estate.
  • After minimum academic requirements are met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.
  • If recipient meets minimum academic requirements, the award can be renewed for a second year.

JOHNA DAVIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $900.
Funded by the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 90 cumulative average or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school subjects.
  • Must demonstrate involvement in high school activities.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative academic average at ESCC.

Returning Students:

  • Must have completed at least 12 credits and maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

Financial (new and returning):

  • If the Financial Aid Committee finds little difference in the overall academic qualifications of applicants, preference will be given to the applicant with the greatest financial need.

LANDSBERGER SCHOLARSHIP

Two awards of $1,000 each.
Funded by Mr.and Mrs. David Landsberger.

  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  • If a returning student, must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  • After academic and financial need qualifications have been met, preference will be given to an applicant from Chincoteague, Virginia.

LAURA AND MORRIS LEWIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $300.
Funded in memory of Laura and Morris Lewis by friends and family.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in the Electronics Certificate or Degree program.
  • If an entering student, must have maintained a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average of “C” average in high school.
  • If a returning student, must maintain 2.25  cumulative grade point average.

THE LEWIS FAMLY – GRACE UMC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $1,000.
Funded by the Lewis Family

The Lewis Family – Grace UMC Foundation Scholarship is provided by the Lewis Family in memory of William R. Lewis, Sr., William R. Lewis, Jr., and Bettie rue Ewell Lewis, lifelong members of Grace United Methodist Church.  Their wish was to provide a scholarship for higher education.

  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  • If a returning student, must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

MELFA ROTARY CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.
Funded by the Melfa Rotary Club.

  • Applicant must be a graduate of   Nandua High School or Arcadia High School.
  • If an entering high school student, must have a minimum of a “B- “grade average.
  • If a returning student, must have a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  • After academic qualifications have been met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial  need.

MILDRED WAPLES BLOXOM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Two awards at $400 each – (fall semester only)
Funded by the Soroptimist Club of Accomack County.

  • Applicant must be enrolled in a degree program, have completed at least 12 credits, and must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • After applicant has met above criteria, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.

PETE ROWE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $750.
Funded by the family and friends of Pete Rowe.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average in high school subjects.

Returning students:

  • Must have completed at least 12 credits and maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average.

Financial (new and returning):

  • After the minimum academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant who demonstrates the greatest financial need.
  • Must be enrolled in either the General Studies, Education, or Science degree programs.
  • Preference given to applicant who plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English or Environmental Science.

RALSTON SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $1000.
Funded by Faye and Fred Ralston.

  • Applicant must be a child of a present or past employee of ESCC or be recommended by a present or past employee of ESCC as having a special financial need.
  • If an entering high school student, must have a minimum of a 2.0 or “C” average.
  • If a returning ESCC student, must have a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  • After minimum academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial  need.

RILMA ‘”DIB” WILSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $550.
Given in memory of Rilma “Dib” Wilson, who loaned a new resident $1,000 in 1985 to start a business on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
Funded by the Blue Crab Bay Co., a division of Bay Beyond, Inc.

  • Applicant must be accepted into the Business Management Associate Degree Program.
  • Applicant must have and maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or higher.
  • Applicant must be a resident of Northampton or Accomack Counties.
  • Scholarship awardees will be eligible to serve as an intern at Blue Crab Bay Co./Bay Beyond Inc.: part-time employment opportunities also may be available.
  • Preference given to someone interested in serving in the internship.
  • Automatic renewal for a second year if a 3.0 grade point average is maintained and there is participation in the internship.

ROBERT L. KRIEGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $900.
Funded by the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation.

Normally goes to a new student; however, the college reserves the right to make an award to a returning student when the number and quality of applicants warrants this action.  Each award will provide for tuition, fees and books up to $900.

New Students

  • Must have at least a 90 grade average or a 3.00 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 grade point scale in high school subjects.
  • Must demonstrate involvement in high school activities.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative academic average at ESCC.

Returning Students:

  • Must maintain a 2.75 grade point average.

Financial (new and returning):

  • If the Financial Aid Committee finds little difference in overall qualifications of applicants, preference will be given to the applicant with greatest financial need.

ROBERT S. BLOXOM SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $900.
Funded by the Eastern Shore Community College Foundation.

New students:

  • Must have at least a 90 cumulative average or a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in high school subjects.
  • Must demonstrate involvement in high school activities.
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative academic average at ESCC.

Returning student:

  • Must have completed at least 12 credits and maintain a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

Financial (new and returning):

  • If the Financial Aid Committee finds little difference in the overall academic qualifications of applicants, preference will be given to the applicant with the greatest financial need.

SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH SCHOLARSHIP

One award annually.
Funded by Shiloh Baptist Church.

  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Must be a resident of Virginia.

SOPHIE ROLA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $100 -To be applied to fall semester books and supply charges only.
Funded by ESCC family and other friends.

  • Applicant must be a returning student at ESCC.
  • Must be enrolled in the Business Administration, Business Management or Administrative Assistant degree curriculum.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 24 credits at ESCC.
  • Must maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average.
  • After minimum academic requirements have been met, preference will be given to the applicant who demonstrates the greatest financial need.

T. HALLETT BADGER VOCATIONAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $500.
Funded by the friends and family of T. Hallett Badger, a long-time member of the Accomack County School Board who stressed the importance of vocational education in the county school system.
The applicant must have completed a vocational education program in Accomack County schools and have a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average. The applicant must be enrolled in an Associate of Applied Science Degree, Certificate or Career Studies Certificate program. Selection will be based on academic merit, although good citizenship and involvement in school and community activities will also be considered.

TYLER-GASKILL SCHOLARSHIP

One award of $800 each.
Given in the memory of Anne Tyler Gaskill.
Funded by Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Charles Tyler through the Tyler-Gaskill Scholarship Endowment Fund.

  • Applicant must have been a resident of Northampton County for at least five years and must have been a resident at the time of graduation from high school.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits in a degree or certificate program.
  • If an entering student, must have a minimum of a “C+” high school average.
  • Applicant must maintain a minimum of a 2.25 grade point average at ESCC.
  • After minimum academic requirements are met, preference will be given to the applicant demonstrating the greatest financial need.
  • If recipient meets minimum academic requirements, the award will be renewed for a second year.

The Eastern Shore Community College Foundation reserves the right to alter the eligibility requirements and the amount of awards as circumstances may dictate.  Additional awards may be made and applicants will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible.  In addition to the listed scholarships, a number of organizations provide scholarships, where the recipients are selected by the clubs, not by the Eastern Shore Community College Financial Aid Committee.

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