The Early Ace Scholarship Fund was established to support students graduating from public high schools in the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Rockingham, Augusta and Shenandoah. Candidates are students planning to continue their education at a four-year public college in Virginia. Preference is given to students planning to work toward a bachelor’s degree with a science, engineering or business major. Preference may also be given to first generation college students.
The selection committee interviewed students and considered the following criteria:
- Demonstrated financial need
- Academic performance
- Character and drive to succeed
- Field of study/Chosen career path
Once of the unique components of this scholarship is the requirement to meet and work with a mentor throughout college. The Community Foundation staff works with the recipient’s college/university to assist in the selection of the mentor. Recipients of the Early Ace Scholarship are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA while being enrolled full-time. Recipients of the award may renew the scholarship for all four years of college, if meeting the criteria for renewal.
2017 Early Ace Scholarships were awarded to:
William Lam (Central High School) – attending Virginia Tech University
Iain Slater (Turner Ashby High School) – attending James Madison University
Nicole Young (Stuarts Draft High School) – attending James Madison University