Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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Scholarships

A variety of scholarships are available to Blue Ridge students through the College and the local community, based on need and academic achievement.

The Blue Ridge CTC Foundation represents an ongoing partnership between the College and the community. Every dollar raised helps students attend Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, provides funds for and improving existing facilities, and enhances and expands the curriculum. A top priority is to provide scholarships for both academically outstanding and financially needy students. The Foundation provides an opportunity for students in the community who may need assistance.

Students must complete FAFSA and the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship Application for all scholarships. Visit the Foundation Office, Suite 2400, at the Main Campus for more information. Applications can be submitted in person or mailed to BRCTC Foundation at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, WV 25403.

Click Here for the BRCTC Foundation Scholarship Application


High School Scholarships

BCT Bank of Charles Town Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

The BCT Scholarship was established in September 2014 by the Bank of Charles Town. The total award for each individual student is $500 per year. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a high school senior in Berkeley or Jefferson County, must enroll in at least 6 credit hours at Blue Ridge CTC in the fall semester upon high school graduation. Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students interested in applying must complete the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship Application, submit a copy of their current high school transcript, and a typed personal statement about college/career goals. Awards will be given for the fall semester to two area high school students.

Berkeley County BackPack Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

Purpose:

The BC BackPack Scholarship was established in July 2015 by the Berkeley County BackPack Program to provide a scholarship for books for one or more senior students from any of the four Berkeley County high schools. The BackPack Program is offering this scholarship to encourage former BackPack Program students to pursue higher education. The scholarship(s) will be a minimum of $250.00 per year.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Must be a graduating senior from Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Musselman or Spring Mills High School
  • Must have received weekend food bags from the Berkeley County BackPack Program during their senior year
  • Must be accepted to Blue Ridge CTC for the upcoming fall semester
  • Must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater (attach copy of report card issued in March)

Application Process:

  • Applicant must complete Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship application
  • Applicant must attach a copy of acceptance letter from Blue Ridge CTC
  • Applicant must complete a FAFSA application
  • Applicant must attach copy of report card from March of their senior year
  • Applicant must include a one-page typed, double-spaced essay describing how receiving BackPack Program food bags each week has benefitted or influenced your life with respect to your academic performance, family, health and or sense of community.
  • Applicant must attend a BackPack Program event to receive the scholarship.
  • Applicant must complete the Berkeley County BackPack Program Form below.

All requirements must be met and completed application package is due on or before April 1. Please staple and submit your completed application materials to the school guidance counselor on or before 2pm on April 1.

Berkeley County BackPack Program Form

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation High School Excellence Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

The Foundation will provide one $750 Scholarship to one graduate from each of the schools below. This award is available only to high school seniors planning to enroll in at least 6 credit hours at Blue Ridge Community & Technical College. The award must be used in the fall semester following graduation from high school. Application requirements are as listed below.

  • Berkeley Springs High School
  • Hedgesville High School
  • Martinsburg High School
  • Musselman High School
  • Jefferson High School
  • Spring Mills High School
  • Paw Paw High School
  • Washington High School
  • Private School or Home Schooled

Applicant must be a West Virginia resident currently enrolled as a senior in one of the above listed high schools. Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Students interested in applying must complete the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship Application, submit a copy of their current high school transcript, a list of extracurricular activities, and a typed personal statement discussing college/career goals.

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation High School Presidential Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation is providing a unique opportunity for one Tri-County high school student who has demonstrated an outstanding level of scholastic excellence to receive the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Presidential Scholarship. The Presidential Scholarship is an award of $1500 and selected from the recipients of the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation High School Excellence Scholarship.

The recipient of this award must meet the application requirements for the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation High School Excellence Scholarship AND must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 to be eligible. Applicant must be a West Virginia resident currently enrolled as a senior in one of the above listed high schools. Students interested in applying must complete the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship Application, submit a copy of their current high school transcript, a list of extracurricular activities, and a typed personal statement discussing college/career goals.


Business

Dr. Trudie Holder Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

The Dr. Trudie Holder Scholarship was established by Blue Ridge faculty and staff from Blue Ridge CTC in honor of her retirement and her 27 years of dedicated service to the College and students. The total award is up to $1,000 per year for a full-time non-traditional student in a business-related field of study who has: completed one year of college study; has a G.P.A. between 2.80 and 3.20.  The applicant must complete a FAFSA form, and preference is given to students not eligible for PELL Grants.

The Hollywood Casino Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

The Hollywood Casino Scholarship was established in 2012 by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The total award for each student is $1000 per year. Applicant must have a 3.0 grade point average or better, be in need of financial assistance, and be enrolled in a culinary or business related program.  Students must complete the FAFSA.


Criminal Justice

Berkeley County Crime Solvers Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

The recipient is chosen by the Criminal Justice or Fire Science Department.


Culinary

The Hollywood Casino Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

The Hollywood Casino Scholarship was established in 2012 by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The total award for each student is $1000 per year. Applicant must have a 3.0 grade point average or better, be in need of financial assistance, and be enrolled in a culinary or business related program.  Students must complete the FAFSA.

Steve Weiss Culinary Arts Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st
Purpose:

The Steve Weiss Culinary Arts Scholarship was established in January 2016. One student will be awarded a $500.00 scholarship for the fall semester.

Criteria for Selection:
  • Applicant must be have completed two semesters in the Culinary Arts program.
  • Applicant must have a 3.0, or better, grade point average.
  • Applicant must submit a typed personal statement about financial need and culinary career goals.
Application Process:
  • Applicant must complete Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship application
  • Applicant must submit a typed personal statement about financial need and culinary career goals.
Scholarship Award:

Submissions will be evaluated by, and the recipient determined by, Chef Steve Weiss and a committee of his choosing. Award will be given for the fall semester in the amount of $500.00.


Developmental Education

Ida Elizabeth Hendricks Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Mrs. Ida Elizabeth Hendricks served her students and the community as the Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics Education at both Shepherd University and Blue Ridge CTC.  In honor of her long service and commitment, Mr. William Hendricks created a scholarship for developmental mathematics education during the spring semester of their application.  Application requirements include grade selectivity, a letter of recommendation, and a personal essay.


English

The Professor Todd Young Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

The Professor Todd Young Scholarship was established on January 9, 2013 by faculty, staff and students from Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in memory and honor of Todd’s dedicated years of inspiring teaching, acting, and directing services to the Division of Arts. The total award is up to $500.00 per year.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Applicant must be a degree-seeking Associate of Arts student
  • Applicant must have a grade point average between 2.50 and 4.0
  • Applicant must have completed or be enrolled in ACFN 010, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 204, or ENGL 208
  • Applicant must write a short essay about the value of literacy in one’s life
  • Applicant must complete the FAFSA and Blue Ridge CTC Scholarship Application

General Scholarships

M. Douglass Harlan Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

This scholarship is awarded by Blue Ridge CTC and is open to female two-year degree seeking students who have at least a 2.0 G.P.A. and are enrolled full-time.  It is based on financial need and is renewable.  It is not awarded for summer sessions.  A female Head of Household who exhibits financial need per FAFSA may receive up to $1000 per year.

This scholarship is also available to full-time staff for half the cost of books, or a maximum of $100 per year if the employee is not eligible for other funds, such as Staff Development.

Raymond B. & Susan M. Benzinger Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1 and October 1st
Purpose:

The Raymond B. & Susan M. Benzinger Scholarship was established in January 2016 by Raymond B. and Susan M. Benzinger. The total scholarship award is $1,500.00 per academic year. The award will be made in the form of one $750 award in the fall semester and one $750 award in the spring semester. A student may receive up to two awards from this scholarship.

Criteria for Selection:
  • Applicant must have at least a 2.0 grade point average
  • Applicant can be in any degree program
  • Applicant must have completed at least 2 semesters of study at Blue Ridge CTC
  • Applicant must demonstrate financial need
  • Applicant must submit a typed personal statement about how the scholarship will help them achieve their college and career goals.
Application Process:
  • Applicant must complete Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship application
  • Applicant must complete a FAFSA application
  • Applicant must submit a typed personal statement about how the scholarship will help them achieve their college and career goals.
Scholarship Award:

Awards will be given for the fall semester in the amount of $750.00 and given in the spring semester in the amount of $750.00.

West Virginia Employees Scholarship (WVES) – Out-of-State Residents

Are you currently employed at a company located in West Virginia, but a resident of another state? If so, then you may qualify for IN STATE tuition. Dr. Peter G. Checkovich created a special tuition program for students living out of state, but working for a West Virginia business. His new program, “West Virginia Employees Scholarship” will waive the out of state cost for those eligible students.

To become a West Virginia Employee Scholar, you must meet the following conditions:

1. Be a graduate of an accredited High School, or GED/TASC program.
2. Be actively employed by a business operating in West Virginia.
3. Have active employment verified from a qualified business for a period of at least 1 year.
4. Complete admissions application and submit transcripts, as requested.
5. Complete scholarship application and submit all relevant employment documents.

To access the full application and review the requirements, Click Here.


Health Sciences

Betty Pugh Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

The Betty Pugh Memorial Scholarship is designated for students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College studying science or medicine. This annually funded award was established in 2005 by the Martinsburg branch of the AAUW in memory of Betty Pugh, former president of the AAUW and director of the Berkeley County United Way for several years.

C. Vincent Townsend EMS Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Dr. Townsend was the regional Medical Director of North Eastern Regional Emergency Medical Services for more than 20 years.  Upon his retirement, members of the EMS community established this scholarship in his honor.

Jefferson County CEOS Foundation Scholarship

Application Deadline: April 1st

This scholarship is being established through Blue Ridge Community and Technical College and funded by the Jefferson County Community Educational Outreach Service Special Funds in an effort to give a US citizen of Jefferson County, West Virginia, financial help.  The person’s desire must be to better their abilities by increasing their education, working skills and employability within the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.  Through this effort on their part, they will be able to have a better chance to have a better life for themselves and/or their family.  No discrimination as to age or gender will be made. This scholarship is open to United States citizens of Jefferson County, West Virginia who need financial help.  This scholarship will be for first Health Related Courses and second Culinary Arts. The recipient will have a grade average of a B (3.0) but no lower than a 2.00 G.P.A. in the first semester.  A completed application, transcript, and request letter will be required of each person selected.  The application will be available through Blue Ridge CTC. The possibility of including other fields may be considered at a later date by the Jefferson County Community Educational Outreach Service Council.

The JCCEOS Information Sheet must be signed and submitted with a complete Foundation Application.


Nursing

Betty Pugh Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

The Betty Pugh Memorial Scholarship is designated for students at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College studying science or medicine. This annually funded award was established in 2005 by the Martinsburg branch of the AAUW in memory of Betty Pugh, former president of the AAUW and director of the Berkeley County United Way for several years.

Charles Town Lions Club Nursing Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

This scholarship was established in 1999 to provide awards to nursing students.  Scholarship recipients are chosen by the Nursing Department faculty.

District VI Nurses Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

This scholarship was established to provide support for nursing students.  The scholarship is designated for high school graduates of District VI of the West Virginia Nurses Association with a 3.0 G.P.A. and displaying financial need.

Ernest House, Jr. and Gladys V. Houser

Application Deadline: October 1st

Gladys Houser was a registered nurse employed by Charles Town General Hospital for 45 years.  She helped to establish the first intensive care unit at Jefferson Memorial Hospital.  This scholarship is designated for nursing majors with preference to West Virginia residents.

La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Translated as the Society of 40 Men and 8 Horses, the name refers to the World War I French boxcars, which could transport either 40 men or 8 horses.  In 1946, the acute shortage of nurses came to the attention of the Voyageurs and a nurses’ training program was initiated.  Jefferson County Voiture of 40 & 8 has pledged an annual gift in support of financially needy nursing students.  Designated for nursing students displaying financial need and is a resident of Jefferson or Berkeley County in West Virginia.  The recipient is selected by Blue Ridge CTC nursing faculty.  Preference is given to veterans or families of veterans.

Leonard J. McCormack Endowment for Nursing

Application Deadline: October 1st

Established in 1999 by L. J. McCormack of Clearbrook, VA, this scholarship is for the support of nursing awards and programming.  This scholarship honors Mr. McCormack’s wife.  The McCormack endowment will fund several substantial scholarships annually and recipients are selected by the Nursing Department.  Financial need as determined by the FAFSA.

Mary Livers Thorn Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Mary Thorn established a trust in Old National Bank to provide support for student nurse training.  Student nurse training includes tuition and fees.

Parsons Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Established in memory of Jean Parsons to honor her career in nursing.  Designated for nursing majors with financial need.

Rice Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Established in 1959, the scholarship originally provided scholarships at King’s Daughters Hospital in Martinsburg.  Scholarship recipients are students majoring in nursing.

Ruth Brant Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Mr. Terry Brant established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Ruth Brant.  The scholarship is designated for general academic studies, although preference is given to West Virginia nursing students.

S. Dallas Cooley Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

Mr. Cooley established this scholarship to fund awards for nursing students from the South Branch area.  South Branch nursing students must be in their second year of studies and must have completed their first year with above-average grades.

Virginia Lowe Ramsburg Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: October 1st

In honor of her sister, Betty Lowe endowed the scholarship.  Virginia was a nurse and longtime Shepherdstown resident.  This scholarship is available to residents of West Virginia admitted into the nursing program and are chosen by the Nursing Department’s Scholarship Committee.


External Scholarships

Child Development Scholarship

This program awards scholarships to child care workers in West Virginia.  Eligible applicants must have successfully completed the U. S. Department of Labor’s Apprenticeship for Child Development Specialist (ACDS) program or are in the fourth semester of the program, and must be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in an undergraduate degree program in early childhood education or specialization, in West Virginia.  Information on the programs, course requirements, and costs is available from the Child Development Coordinator at Blue Ridge or you my contact the WV Higher Education Policy Commission for more information. Students can get more information regarding applying for this scholarship by visiting www.cfwv.com or by calling 1.888.825.5707.

Dominion Diversity – Lineman Scholarship

Dominion Diversity Scholarship Program

Application Requirements:

  • Current cumulative GPA 3.0 or above
  • Enrolled at an accredited 2 or 4 year college or university as a full-time student
  • Must be graduating high school and/or have an anticipated college graduation date of 2018 or later
  • Scholarship acceptance requires applicant commit to a paid 10-12 week intern session during the summer of 2017

How to Apply

  • Go to dom.com/student
  • Visit our Student Job Portal
  • Connect with us or log in and upload essay and transcript

GED/EDP Scholarship Program

Eligible candidates must be West Virginia residents and have an EDP or GED graduating score of 250 prior to Jan. 1, ‘02 or a score of 2500 after Jan. 1, ’02. Students must have 12 or more semester hours and maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. to be eligible for the second semester. Students must mail a completed application and autobiography to WV Dept. of Ed. (*see form for details). Students must also complete a FAFSA, pass the GED test or complete the EDP program by March 1st. Eligible candidates must write a short autobiography about themselves and their life prior to obtaining their GED, why they decided to work towards their GED, and other topics (*see form for details). This scholarship is awarded annually and students must reapply each year.

Martha Maxwell Developmental Education Scholarship

The purpose of this award is to support students who are enrolled in Developmental Education programs or classes.  This scholarship is for students who complete at least two courses or participate in certain Developmental Program activities.  Students are also asked to complete certain criteria.  Students are required to type a 500 word, double spaced essay.  They are also required to provide a copy of their most recent college transcript, as well as letters of recommendation from the sponsoring NADE Chapter and from their school official, instructor or counselor.  Students are also required to give a copy of their resume (1-3 pages) that will include specific information.

NADE Award to Outstanding Alumnus of a Developmental Education Program

This award recognizes an alumnus of a Developmental Education Program who has distinguished himself/herself in an educational career and other areas of life.  Student must complete two Developmental courses or participate in particular Developmental Programs.  Developmental programs include: TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Student Support Service, and High School-to-College BRIDGE Program. The student must also be a part of a Special Admission Program, show outstanding accomplishments outside the classroom in an educational or career setting, and enroll in Developmental classes (examples: math, reading, study skills, writing).

National Health Service Corps Basics 2016

The purpose of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) loan repayment and scholarship awards is to improve access to care for vulnerable and underserved populations. http://nhsc.hrsa.gov; http://twitter.com/NHSCorps; http://www.facebook.com/nationalhealthservicecorps

Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment

Scholarship Program (SP)

http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships

SLRP Guidelines

SLRP Application

SLRP Scholarship at a Glance

RESA VIII

A scholarship program administered by the Regional Education Service Agency 8 (RESA 8) is offered annually to West Virginia GED graduates in the RESA 8 service area. Request an application if you are a GED graduate with a score of at least 2500 completed between July 1, 2008 and March 31, 2011.