A variety of scholarships are available to Blue Ridge students through the College and the local community, based on need and academic achievement.
High School Scholarships
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.
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.
Dr. Trudie Holder Scholarship
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 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.
Business & Culinary
The Hollywood Casino Scholarship was established in 2012 by Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races. The total scholarship donation of $5,000 will be awarded to 5 individuals each year. 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. Student eligibility will be determined by the financial aid office. Students that meet the criteria will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Students must complete the FAFSA.
Berkeley County Crime Solvers Scholarship
The recipient is chosen by the Criminal Justice or Fire Science Department.
Ida Elizabeth Hendricks Scholarship
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.
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.
D. Lee Morgan Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2002 to honor D. Lee Morgan. He was a career firefighter in Shepherdstown, WV and helped develop the Fire Science Program. He served on Shepherd University’s board of advisors and received the college’s President’s Medal Award in 1991. Awarded annually to students majoring in Fire Science, with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5, by the Fire Science faculty and approved by the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee.
Charles Town Lions Club Nursing Scholarship
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
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
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
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
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
Mary Thorn established a trust in Old National Bank to provide support for student nurse training. Student nurse training includes tuition and fees.
Established in memory of Jean Parsons to honor her career in nursing. Designated for nursing majors with financial need.
The family of Sue Reese, who died in 1996, endowed this scholarship to honor her memory and her devotion to the nursing profession.
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
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
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
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.
C. Vincent Townsend EMS Scholarship
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
This scholarship is open to United States citizens of Jefferson County, West Virginia who need financial help. This scholarship will be for health related programs for those who wish to have a better chance to have a better life for themselves and/or their families. 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.
M. Douglass Harlan Memorial Scholarship
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.
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).
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.