The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria

Students & Parents

How Recipients are Chosen

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Community volunteers review scholarship applications.

All Scholarship Fund of Alexandria awards are based on student merit - academic,  community service, leadership, special talent or skills, participation in school and community activities and work experience. Information on the Student Aid Report (SAR) and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be considered when awarding scholarships that require the student to demonstrate financial need. Recipients of all scholarships must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of their Junior year and plan to enroll in an accredited college, career or technical institution. Students must enroll full time (a minimum of 12 credits per semester or equivalent) in order to be eligible for awards. Recipients of "named" scholarships must meet the eligibility criteria established by the donor of that scholarship.

All scholarship recipients, regardless of the original scholarship they received, are encouraged to apply for additional funds for their second, third and fourth years of post-secondary education. Successful renewal applicants are required to maintain a cumulative 2.0 or higher grade point average, demonstrate financial need by submitting the FAFSA each year, and enroll full time in a college, career or technical school.

Who May Apply?

Graduating seniors from T.C. Williams High School who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher at the end of their Junior year and have plans to enroll full time (minimum 12 credits per semester) in an accredited college, career or technical school are eligible to apply for more than 200 scholarships through this application. All scholarship recipients who demonstrate need and fill out the FAFSA are eligible to apply for additional funds for their second, third and fourth year of post-secondary education.

SFA awards approximately 65 scholarships annually from its General Fund. The SFA Board of Trustees, the Director and over 100 volunteers raise money for the General Fund through the United Way, Telethon and Gala campaigns. All awards from the general fund are based on financial need (SAR required) as well as merit (M).

SFA also oversees Commemorative or "Named" Scholarships which are established to honor individuals, businesses or other organizations in the Alexandria community. Each of these scholarships is governed by criteria established by the donor in addition to the basic criteria noted above. Please contact Beth Lovain to learn how you can establish a scholarship. 703 824-6730