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

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.

Blue Ridge CTC Foundation High School Excellence Scholarship

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 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. The recipient of this award must meet the application requirements for the Blue Ridge CTC Foundation High School Excellence Scholarship as stated below 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.

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.

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.

Departmental Scholarships

Business

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 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.

Business & Culinary: The Hollywood Casino Scholarship

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

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

Developmental Education

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.

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

Fire Science

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.

Health Sciences & Culinary

Jefferson County CEOS Foundation Scholarship

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.

Steve Weiss Culinary Arts Scholarship
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. Deadline is April 1.

Nursing

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.

Parsons Scholarship

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

Reese Scholarship

The family of Sue Reese, who died in 1996, endowed this scholarship to honor her memory and her devotion to the nursing profession.

Rice Scholarship

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.

Safety Technology

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.

Miscellaneous Scholarships

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.

Raymond B. & Susan M. Benzinger Scholarship
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. Deadline for the Fall award is April 1. Deadline for the Spring award is October 1.

Alumni/Developmental Scholarship

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.

West Virginia Employees Scholarship (WVES)

Are you currently employed at a company located in West Virginia? 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.

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

  1. Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loanrepayment

  1. Extends to Primary Care DOs and MDs (Family Medicine, General Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, General Psychiatry, Obstetrics/ Gynecology), Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, and Certified Nurse Midwives
  1. Includes General and Pediatric Dentists and Dental Hygienists
  1. Extends to some categories of behavioral health care providers (Psychiatrists, Health Service Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Specialists, Physician Assistants, and Nurse Practitioners)
  1. Provider must be licensed or certified to practice and work at an NHSC-approved site to apply for LRP money
  2. Site must have a site-based, facility-based, or land-based Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation of the category (i.e., Dental HPSA for DDSs and DHs) to apply to NHSC for site approval; HPSA list is at http://hpsafind.hrsa.gov
  3. Every provider working at the site must see all patients regardless of the patients’ ability to pay; there must be a posted notice of the availability of a discounted fee schedule
  1. NHSC-approved sites are in rural, urban, and frontier locations throughout the United States.
  1. NHSC-approved sites include Federally Qualified Health Centers; FQHC Look-Alikes; Rural Health Clinics; Hospital-affiliated Primary Care Outpatient Clinics; Indian Health Service, Tribal Clinics, and Urban Health Clinics; State and Federal medium and maximum security Correctional Facilities; Juvenile Detention Centers; Private Practices (Solo/Group); Community Mental Health Facilities; Community Outpatient Facilities; Critical Access Hospitals; Free Clinics; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps; Mobile Units; School-based Health Programs; and State and County Departments of Health Clinics
  1. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen (U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. national
  1. LRP awards are not taxable
  1. First funding: up to $50,000 with a HPSA score of 14 and above and up to $30,000 with a HPSA score of 13 and below to pay down eligible medical, dental, or behavioral health education loans; cannot exceed bona fide eligible education loan balance
  1. Two year service obligation at an NHSC-approved site for full-time award
  1. Sequential funding is a possibility
  1. One year service obligation
  2. decreasing amount available; up to $30,000 first amendment
  3. Provider and site must continue to be eligible
  1. No limit to number of years or total amount of LRP monies
  1. Awards are in addition to salary and benefit package
  2. Half-time (20 – 39 hours per week) service obligations are a possibility
  3. Very competitive
  1. FY 2016 application cycle will close in March.
  1. Scholarship Program (SP)

http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/scholarships

  1. Limited availability
  1. Student can apply for one, two, three, or four years of financial assistance during education/training program for DOs, MDs, NPs, PAs, NMs, and DDSs/DMDs as soon as he is accepted to one of these programs subject to the Scholar application cycle being open; 2015 application cycle will open in March and will close in May.
  1. One year of service for each year of assistance; minimum two year service obligation even if one year of assistance
  2. Covers tuition and some other mandatory costs; provides monthly stipend; tuition funds are tax-free; stipend is taxable
  3. Scholar must begin to fulfill his service obligation upon completion of residency or training program
  4. Service obligation must be fulfilled at an NHSC-approved site with a HPSA designation with a qualifying score (currently 16, changes from year to year)
  5. Very limited choice of eligible sites; many Scholar placement sites are in Federal and state prisons.
  1. Significant penalty for default (can be several hundred thousand dollars)
  1. SP application and program guidance webinar may be offered during the application cycle
  1. The S2S LRP provides loan repayment assistance of up to $120,000 to MD and DO students in their last year of school in return for their commitment to practice primary care medicine in eligible high need HPSAs for three years full time or six years part-time upon completion of their primary care residency. With continued service and help through the LRP, eligible providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans.
  2. In 2013, the NHSC awarded more than $9 million to 78 medical students who will serve as primary care doctors. One hundred applications were submitted; average debt per application was > $200,000.
  3. The 2015 application cycle is closed. Sign up at http://nhsc.hrsa.gov to be notified when the 2016 cycle opens.

SLRP Guidelines

SLRP Application

SLRP Scholarship at a Glance