Staff expertise at The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County links you directly to merit based and financial aid scholarships that are right for you.

2016-2017 BRCC - Bowman Scholars

2016-2017 BRCC – Bowman Scholars

Samuel R. Bowman, II Endowed Scholarship 

Mr. Bowman endowed this scholarship at his death to help educate local Latino students. Mr. Bowman spent his life in agriculture, where he developed lifelong relationships with Latino individuals working in that industry. He held a deep admiration for the their work ethic and became committed to helping Latino youth succeed in the United States. He knew that the key to the kind of success he wanted them to achieve is through higher education.

This financial aid scholarship supports local Latino students attending James Madison University or Blue Ridge Community College. These scholarships are for students who would not otherwise be able to afford to continue their education. Consideration is also given to the student’s character, determination, self-motivation, leadership qualities and community involvement. Preference will be given to students from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

This is a renewable scholarship. All recipients of this scholarship must submit a renewal application each year.

See links below for more details and online applications.

Information & Application for Blue Ridge Community College

Information & Application for James Madison University

RENEWAL Application for Blue Ridge Community College

RENEWAL Application for James Madison University

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Dennis & Pat Early

Dennis R. and Patricia R. Early Scholarship 

Dennis and Patricia Early have dedicated their lives to education and to encouraging and supporting students in every way. They taught multiple generations of the same families in Rockingham County. Patricia taught biology and chemistry and sponsored the yearbook and cheerleading teams. Dennis taught math and coached golf. The Earlys saw firsthand that many families lack financial resources, and they established this scholarship to help students reach their educational goals.

This scholarship supports graduates of Rockingham County high schools interested in studying math or science, or in becoming a K-12 math or science teacher. Student career interests may include any math or science based field. This financial aid scholarship is for qualified students who will attend Blue Ridge Community College, Bridgewater College, James Madison University, or Eastern Mennonite University as a campus resident or as a commuter.

This is a renewable scholarship. All recipients of this scholarship must submit a renewal application each year.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

RENEWAL Application

Early Ace Scholarship 

This scholarship was established to support graduating seniors from public high schools in the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, and the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, and Shenandoah, who plan to attend a four-year Virginia public college or university to further their education. This scholarship will be awarded to students who hope to make a positive contribution to society and will be financially independent after graduation. Students must be planning to work toward a bachelor’s degree with a science, engineering, or business major.

A student pursuing a degree in a field of study other than those listed above may apply, but must clearly communicate the viability of his/her chosen career path in the application.

Preference will be given to students who will be first generation college students.

This is a renewable scholarship. All recipients of this scholarship must submit a renewal application each year.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

Emory & Henry College ScholarshipE & H

The Emory & Henry College Scholarship was established by alumni, David W. Driver, to support Harrisonburg & Rockingham County students attending his alma mater. Preference for this scholarship will be given to students from any high school located in Harrisonburg, Virginia or Rockingham County.

This scholarship will be awarded annually for qualified Emory & Henry College student(s) and based on the following criteria: 2.5 minimum GPA, demonstration of good character, determination, self-motivation, leadership qualities and community involvement.

This is a renewable scholarship. All recipients of this scholarship must submit a renewal application each year.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

RENEWAL Application

Bev Good Memorial Scholarship

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Bev Good

Bev Good was a respected and admired track official who invested a lifetime developing and working with student athletes. He was well known not only locally, but throughout the Mid-Atlantic for his service as a track and field meet referee and official. His passion and commitment to excellence inspired all who knew him.

The Bev Good Memorial Scholarship, endowed by Debbie and Joe Showker, allows his legacy to live on. Head coaches at each high school in Augusta and Rockingham counties and the cities of Waynesboro, Staunton and Harrisonburg may nominate one track athlete.  The selection committee considers each student’s character, determination, self-motivation and sportsmanship during competition.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

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Marion James Hess

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Anna Ressler Hess

Marion James & Anna Ressler Hess Memorial Scholarship


The family of Marion James and Anna Viola Ressler Hess established this scholarship in 2003. The Hesses came to Oxford, PA, in 1937. Mr. Hess opened a barber shop, which he operated until 1969. Mrs. Hess worked as the secretary to the principal of Oxford Area High School for 21 years, from 1957 until 1978. Anna Hess had always wanted to be a teacher but was unable to afford a four-year college education. They were both supporters of education, in particular, Oxford Area High School.

This merit scholarship award is for a graduate of Oxford Area High School who is attending a four-year college and is planning a career in teaching at any level. Graduating seniors are welcome to apply, as are former graduates currently enrolled, or planning to enroll in an accredited four-year institution of higher learning.

This is a merit-based scholarship. Financial need is not a criteria, and financial information is not required.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

EMU imageLaymon H. & Ruth S. Lantz Scholarship Fund at Eastern Mennonite University

The Laymon H. & Ruth S. Lantz Scholarship supports training for qualified graduate students who plan to attend Seminary or the Master of Arts in Counseling program at Eastern Mennonite University.

A $1,000 financial aid scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis to a student admitted to either program for the following academic year, or to a student who is currently in good standing in either program. Awards are based on academic accomplishments, financial need, student’s sense of calling and future goals.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

Late Ace Scholarship

This scholarship was established to support students from Blue Ridge Community College and Lord Fairfax Community College who have earned an Associate Degree, or completed the transfer program, and have been accepted to attend a Virginia public college or university to further their education. This scholarship will be awarded to students who hope to make a positive contribution to society and will be financially independent and economically successful after graduation. This scholarship is intended to help fill the gap of financial need for students; its goal is to lower or prevent the need for student loans. The amount of each scholarship award will differ as individual student financial need is taken into consideration. Students must be working toward a bachelor’s degree in the areas of Nursing, Pre-Pharmacy, Engineering, Business, Computer Science or science on a Pre-Medicine track.

A student pursuing a degree in a field of study other than those listed above may apply, but must clearly communicate the viability of his/her chosen career path in the application.

An eligible student will have earned an Associate Degree, or completed the transfer program, at one of the above named community colleges and has been accepted to attend a Virginia public college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Preference will be given to first generation college students, minority students and students faced with significant obstacles to overcome in completing their degree.

This is a renewable scholarship. Current recipients of this scholarship must complete a renewal application each year.

Scholarship instructions and application

RENEWAL application

Arthur John Leavenworth

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Arthur John Leavenworth – Eureka Lodge #195 Scholarship 

The Arthur John Leavenworth – Eureka Lodge #195 Scholarship was created by Rhonda Leavenworth Johnson in honor of her father, who was a longtime member of Eureka Lodge #195 in Bridgewater.  He contributed money personally to this scholarship and was known to crush and recycle aluminum cans to increase the funds available to donate to needy students.

This fund provides at least two nonrenewable scholarships each year of $500 each for college tuition for one student from Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater and one student from Fort Defiance High School in Fort Defiance. Awards are based primarily on financial need, but also on academic performance, extra-curricular activities and/or community service, honors and achievements, and student goals.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

The Matthew Mahnesmith Memorial Scholarship 

The Matthew Mahnesmith Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 to support post-secondary educational scholarships for qualifying high school students at Waynesboro High School, in Waynesboro, Virginia.

Randy and Kathy Mahnesmith created the scholarship in memory of their son Matthew Mahnesmith. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who possesses the character traits of compassion, caring and sensitivity that exemplify the spirit of Matthew. Teachers of Waynesboro High School will identify and submit nominations of students possessing these qualities.

Nominations will be submitted by faculty members to the Waynesboro High School Guidance Department.

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Denise & Randy Michie

Randy Michie Memorial Scholarship 

The Randy Michie Memorial Scholarship was created in 2012 in memory of Randy Michie. Randy passed away in 2011 after a bout with cancer. During his career at William Monroe High School, he coached two State Golf Championship teams and two State Basketball Championship teams, but more than that, he touched the lives of hundreds of students through the years. He personally helped many pursue their college degrees. In order to continue his giving to deserving students, Randy’s wife, Denise, established the Randy Michie Memorial Scholarship Fund to support Greene County area high school students.

Two financial aid scholarships may be given annually. Awards are based on financial need; participation in an athletic team in any capacity or participation in other school extracurricular activities; and a student’s character, determination, self-motivation, and leadership qualities. Students with any prior criminal record are not eligible.

Applications are available in the Guidance Office at William Monroe High School

George Shreckhise

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George W. Shreckhise Memorial Scholarship

The George W. Shreckhise Memorial Scholarship Fund provides funding for students of horticulture. Mrs. Judith Shreckhise Strickler endowed this scholarship in memory of her father. Mr. Shreckhise spent a lifetime enjoying and working in agribusiness, with an emphasis later in life on the nursery business. Along with his brothers, he operated a farm nursery and manufacturing businesses. George Shreckhise retired in 1977, but continued going to work every day until he passed away on October 18, 2001 at the age of 92.

Though George had no formal education beyond high school, he was a skilled engineer. He registered seven patents, including a patent for Plant Growth Receptacle and Method or as we called it, Pot in a Pot, dated 1994. He was actively involved in his community and was fondly referred to as the Mayor of Weyers Cave.

This fund provides financial aid scholarships for qualifying high school graduates or students currently enrolled in: Blue Ridge Community College or Lord Fairfax Community College who intend to major in Horticulture/Arboriculture and who plan to work in the field upon completion of their studies; or The College Transfer Program at Blue Ridge Community College who will transfer to Virginia Tech to attain their Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

Society of Seniors Foundation Scholarship 

The Society of Seniors Foundation Scholarship was created to provide need-based scholarships to children of full-time employees at the various clubs that so generously host the Society of Seniors tournaments each year.

Scholarships are awarded based on the following criteria:

  • student’s character
  • determination and self-motivation
  • GPA
  • leadership qualities

This scholarship is renewable for up to four years contingent upon the recipient maintaining a full-time enrollment (minimum of 12 credit hours) and maintaining a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

This is a one-time award at this time.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

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Hal & Faye Teer

Harold & Faye Teer Scholarship

Harold and Faye Teer, both James Madison University professors, know firsthand the difficulties in affording higher education. Faye was the first in her family to attend college. Both Harold and Faye struggled to afford college in a time when expenses were not nearly as high as they are today.

Wishing to assist today’s students who need financial help to attend college, Drs. Harold and Faye Teer established this scholarship for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area high school students seeking to complete a college education. This financial aid scholarship will provide continuing funding as long as the recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA and successfully completes at least 12 academic credit hours each semester.

Awards are based primarily on financial need, but also on a student’s character, determination, self-motivation, and leadership qualities as well as academic record. Preference is given to applicants who are the first in their immediate family to go to college.

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HHS Blue StreakClaude E. & Frances O. Warren Scholarship 

Claude E. Warren was devoted to athletics.  From 1932 through 1971 he was the face of athletics at Harrisonburg High School, serving as football, basketball, baseball, and track coach from 1932 until the early 1960s. He then continued as a Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director until his retirement in 1971. Coach Warren was known for his belief in fundamentals and high standards of personal conduct.

This $4,000 financial aid scholarship was established by Edward T. and Jane Warren VanPelt to support Harrisonburg High School graduating seniors as they pursue a college degree. Eligible candidates will be students planning to compete in an intercollegiate sport. Special consideration will be given to students also pursuing a degree in an athletic related field of study (athletic training, athletic coaching, health administration, health education, physical education, or kinesiology), or to students planning to coach and teach.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

W.P. and T.M. Phillips Memorial Scholarship 

Thelma & Bill Phillips

Thelma & Bill Phillips

The W.P. and T.M. Phillips Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. Thelma M. Phillips in memory of her late husband, William “Bill” Phillips, to honor his love of farming. Thelma and Bill spent a lifetime together enjoying farm life and working in agribusiness. This scholarship will provide support to students who wish to continue the farming tradition which Bill and Thelma loved so much.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support students who are pursuing a college degree in the field of agriculture. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who graduate from one of the following local high schools:

  • Broadway High School
  • Harrisonburg High School
  • Stonewall Jackson High School

Consideration will be given to the student’s academic record, chosen college major, leadership qualities, and involvement in activities related to agriculture.

This is a renewable scholarship award. Recipients of this scholarship must submit a renewal application each year.

Scholarship Instructions and Application

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