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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, developing lifelong relationships with Latino individuals working in that industry. His admiration for their work ethic influenced his committed to helping Latino youth succeed in the United States, knowing the key to the kind of success he hoped for them is through higher education.

This financial aid scholarship supports Latino students attending James Madison University or Blue Ridge Community College. Consideration is given to the student’s academic performance, character, and determination. Candidates must attend high school in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County.

This is a renewable scholarship. 

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 Dennis taught math.

This scholarship supports graduates of Rockingham County public high schools interested in studying math or science, or in becoming a K-12 math or science teacher. Candidates may pursue other career paths related to math and science. Eligible students for this scholarship will be qualified graduating RCPS seniors who plan to attend Blue Ridge Community College, Bridgewater College, James Madison University, or Eastern Mennonite University.

This is a renewable scholarship.

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.

Students must be planning to work toward a bachelor’s degree with a science, engineering, or business major. Some part-time work experience during high school is highly valued.

This is a renewable scholarship.

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. Eligible candidates will be graduating high school seniors in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, or Augusta County, Virginia.

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.

Debi Emrich Memorial Scholarship

Debi Emrich

Debi Emrich was a beloved educator in Rockingham County, Virginia. She had a passion for teaching, and for encouraging the students she taught. Debi was an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer at Broadway High School, as her children attended there. For all who knew her, she was a visible example of the importance of hard work and perseverance to achieve your goals.

This scholarship supports graduating seniors from Broadway High School who are continuing their studies with a major in education or early childhood development. The purpose of this scholarship is to support aspiring educators to carry on Debi’s love of life and passion for teaching students.

Eligible candidates may be pursuing an Associate degree or a Bachelor’s degree. This is not a merit-based award, but candidates must be in good academic standing and exhibit school and community involvement.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Bev Good Memorial Scholarship

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.

(An application must be submitted by a track coach or athletic director, on behalf of the track athlete.)

Marion James & Anna Ressler Hess Memorial Scholarship

The family of Marion James and Anna Viola Ressler Hess established this scholarship in 2003. 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, and in particular, Oxford Area High School.

This merit scholarship award is for a graduate of Oxford Area High School planning to attend a four-year college and aspiring to pursue a career in teaching. Financial need is not a criteria for this award.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Laymon H. & Ruth S. Lantz Scholarship

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.

This 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.

Arthur John Leavenworth – Eureka Lodge #195 Scholarship

Arthur John Leavenworth

Arthur John Leavenworth

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 two scholarships each year for one student from Turner Ashby High School and one student from Fort Defiance High School. Awards are based primarily on student essay and financial need. Eligible candidates will be attending a Virginia college or university.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Luis A. Mendez, Jr. Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of Luis Mendez, a gifted pianist that performed with legendary entertainers, big bands and musicians from his early days in the U.S. Army and over the next six decades. While he loved to play music, his passion in life was to share his talent as a music educator. Luis impacted the lives of countless individuals throughout his 50 years of teaching choral and instrumental music in El Paso Texas, Mansfield, Ohio and Polk County, Florida. Humble, witty and kind, Luis loved his students and maintained relationships with many of them throughout his entire lifetime.

This scholarship supports graduating seniors of Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County high schools who are pursuing a college degree with aspirations to teach in the music or arts field. Strong consideration will be given to eligible applicants that demonstrate significant community involvement.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Late Ace Scholarship

This scholarship was established to support students from Blue Ridge Community College and Laurel Ridge 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.

Students must be working toward a bachelor’s degree in the areas of Science, Engineering, or Business, with a full-time course load. Part-time work experience during college is highly valued.

This is a renewable scholarship.

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.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

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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. Randy’s widow, Denise, established the Randy Michie Memorial Scholarship Fund to support Greene County area high school students.

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, and leadership qualities.

Contact the Guidance Office at William Monroe High School to obtain an application.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Diane B. & Thomas P. Perry Scholarship

Diane & Tom Perry

This scholarship was established to support current graduating seniors from public high schools in the city of Harrisonburg, and the counties of Rockingham, Page 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 planning to work toward a bachelor’s degree with a science/pre-med, business or education major. An eligible candidate must be graduating from one of the following school systems: Harrisonburg City, Rockingham County, Page County, or Shenandoah County.

Students must be accepted and plan to attend a Virginia public college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree, with demonstrated financial need, first generation status, strong academic performance, character and drive to succeed with leadership qualities.

Applications for new candidates will not be accepted in 2023.

Northeast Neighborhood Endowed Scholarship 

This fund supports post-secondary educational scholarships for graduating high school seniors that currently live in the Northeast Neighborhood community of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Eligible candidates must demonstrate the following:

  • Financial need
  • Good academic standing
  • Full-time enrollment
  • Strong character, determination, self-motivation, and leadership qualities

This is a one-time scholarship award.

Leo Slusher Award  

The Leo Slusher Award was established to honor the memory of Robert “Leo” Slusher, an individual who was integrally involved serving the Pendleton County community. Leo was very involved in the Lions Club, founded the local Relay for Life event, and earned the Pendleton County Service Award. He established the athletic booster club at Pendleton County High School, volunteering for many years in its concession stand. To honor his many years of service to the sports community at the school, the athletic fields at the school are named for him.

This scholarship supports Pendleton County High School graduating seniors pursuing additional education at a college/university, or a trade or vocational school. Consideration will be given to the student’s interest/participation in athletics, community service involvement, and academic record in good standing.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

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.

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 any public high school in Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, or Harrisonburg City.

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.

George Shreckhise

George Shreckhise

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.

This fund provides merit-based scholarships for qualifying high school graduates admitted to Virginia Tech University, or undergraduate students currently enrolled at Virginia Tech, to attain their Bachelor of Science in Horticulture.

This is a one-time scholarship award. Current recipients may reapply annually during their years of undergraduate or graduate school.

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 is renewable 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.

This is a renewable scholarship award. 

Claude 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 financial aid scholarship was established to support Harrisonburg High School graduating senior athletes as they pursue a college degree. Eligible candidates will be student athletes planning to pursue a degree in an athletic related field of study (athletic training, athletic coaching, health administration, health education, physical education, kinesiology, etc.). Special consideration will be given to students planning to coach and/or teach.

This is a one-time scholarship award.

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:

  • demonstrated financial need
  • leadership qualities
  • academic performance

This is a renewable scholarship. 

Connect to merit based and financial aid scholarships through The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County.

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