Scholarship Criteria and Guidelines

Scholarship Criteria

Hughes Memorial Foundation will use the following criteria in evaluating requests for scholarships:

  1. Degree of need
  2. Demonstrated ability of person to succeed in educational endeavor (gpa 2.5 minimum)
  3. Impact on person(s) who will benefit
  4. Accuracy, completeness, and reasonableness of application

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL APPLICANTS

IF HUGHES MEMORIAL FOUNDATION AWARDS YOU A SCHOLARSHIP, WE EXPECT YOU TO REMAIN IN GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING. AFTER YOUR SECOND SEMESTER, IF YOU ARE PLACED ON ACADEMIC PROBATION OR SUSPENSION, YOUR SCHOLARSHIP WILL CEASE.

YOU MUST SUPPLY US EACH SEMESTER WITH WRITTEN PROOF FROM THE SCHOOL THAT YOU ARE A STUDENT IN GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING. YOU MUST ALSO SEND US COPIES OF YOUR FINAL GRADE REPORTS EACH SEMESTER.

Scholarship Guidelines

Hughes Memorial Foundation awards Scholarships to individuals for higher education or job training with preference being given to needy and/or at-risk children living in the Virginia counties of Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Campbell, Bedford, Franklin, Henry and Patrick; the North Carolina counties of Stokes, Rockingham, Caswell, and Person; and the cities of Virginia and North Carolina that are located geographically within those counties. Preference is also given to needy and/or at-risk children in these counties who themselves or whose parent or grandparent lived at Hughes Memorial Home when it was an orphanage.

Applications are accepted in the spring with a deadline of April 1st. The application and ALL required supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.

The application process has 3 steps:

  1. Read the Hughes Memorial Foundation Mission Statement. Notice that although all needy and/or at-risk students of Virginia and North Carolina are eligible for scholarship aid, preference will be given to needy and/or at-risk students living in the above designated areas. After weighing these restrictions, if you feel you qualify and you wish to apply, proceed to step 2.
  2. Complete the online scholarship application located on the website. Upload and attach to your application the required information listed below, or mail hardcopy of information to Hughes Memorial Foundation, Scholarship Applications, 223 Riverview Drive, Suite I, Danville, VA 24541. Please include the following:
    1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This should be completed and submitted to the federal government with a copy to us at soon as you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) have filled out federal income tax returns for the previous year. This is typically done in late January/early February.
    2. Student Aid Report listing you and your families expected contribution to your college expenses. This is what the federal government will send you after processing your FAFSA.
    3. Your and your parents’ or guardians’ federal income tax return for current filing period.
    4. Official transcripts from all high schools or colleges attended (sealed).
    5. A letter outlining your need for a scholarship, your educational plans and goas and any other information that could affect your financial status or ability to continue your education.

After the above outlined has been submitted please complete the online application and submit with the following information attached. ALL of the following information will be needed for your application to be considered by the Grants and Scholarships Committee:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This should be completed and submitted to the federal government with a copy to us at soon as you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) have filled out federal income tax returns for the previous year. This is typically done in late January/early February.
  2. Student Aid Report listing your and your families expected contribution to your college expenses. This is what the federal government will send you after processing your FAFSA.
  3. Your and your parents' or guardians' federal income tax return.
  4. A description of all motor vehicles owned by you and your parents or guardians with year, make and model. List also how much is owed on each vehicle.
  5. A description of all real estate owned by you and your parent(s) or guardian(s) with the tax-appraised value of each piece and with a statement of how much is owed on each piece.
  6. A description of any other significant debts of you and your parents or guardians.
  7. Official transcripts from all high schools or colleges attended.
  8. Official SAT, ACT or graduate/professional exam scores (if applicable)

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