Scholarship Criteria and Guidelines
Hughes Memorial Foundation will use the following criteria in evaluating requests for scholarships:
- Degree of need
- Demonstrated ability of person to succeed in educational endeavor (gpa 2.5 minimum)
- Impact on person(s) who will benefit
- 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.
Hughes Memorial Foundation awards Scholarships to individuals for higher education or job training with preference being given to needy and/or disadvantaged 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 disadvantaged children in these counties who are linear offspring of Hughes Memorial Home when it was an orphanage.
Applications are accepted in the spring with a deadline of April 1st and September 1st for fall. The application and ALL required supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline to be considered.
The application process has 3 steps:
- Read the Hughes Memorial Foundation Mission Statement. Notice that although all needy and/or disadvantaged students of Virginia and North Carolina are eligible for scholarship aid, preference will be given to students living in certain designated counties, their cities, and residential care facilities located therein, as well as students who are linear offspring of Hughes Memorial Home. After weighing these restrictions and then deciding that you wish to apply, proceed to step 2.
- Submit a letter or email outlining your need to Hughes Memorial Foundation through the website or by sending to P. O. Box 5371, Danville, VA 24541. Please include the following:
- Your grade-point average, institution currently attending, and SAT, ACT or graduate/professional exam scores (if applicable).
- The school or training program you plan to attend.
- Your own and your parents' or guardians' adjusted gross income for the previous tax year
- Any extenuating circumstances like a job loss or recent expensive illness of a family member.
- County or city of residence
- Name of your residential care facility and inclusive dates of residence there (if applicable)
- Names, addresses and relationship of family members who resided at Hughes Memorial Home (if applicable)
- Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three persons outside of your family who know you well enough to serve as references. These could include employers, ministers, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, etc.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Your and your parents' or guardians' federal income tax return.
- 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.
- 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.
- A description of any other significant debts of you and your parents or guardians.
- Official transcripts from all high schools or colleges attended.
- Official SAT, ACT or graduate/professional exam scores (if applicable)