Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program

The Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program was established in accordance with § 30-231.8 ß of the Code of Virginia for the purpose of providing a public education to persons who were denied an education in the public schools of Virginia between 1954 and 1964, in jurisdictions in which the public schools were closed to avoid desegregation.

Who is eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you are a current domicile resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia as defined by § 23-7.4 , and if, between 1954 and 1964, you were:

  • A student in the public schools of Arlington, Charlottesville, Norfolk, Prince Edward County, or Warren County when the public schools were closed to avoid desegregation; and
  • Unable to begin, continue, or complete your public school education during this time; or
  • Relocated within or outside of the Commonwealth to begin, continue, or complete your public school education during these years due to school closings to avoid desegregation; or
  • Ineligible to attend a private academy or foundation, in- or out-of-state, established to circumvent desegregation; or
  • Unable to pursue postsecondary education opportunities or training because of the inability to obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent

How can Scholarship Awards be used?

  • Transitional education programs and services for eligibility
  • GED Program
  • Adult high school diploma
  • Career and technical education and training
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Two-year degree program
  • Four-year undergraduate degree program
  • Certain recognized five-year undergraduate degree program (includes 4-year undergraduate plus 1-year master's degree)
  • Masters and doctoral degree
  • Professional degrees

Learn more about the Scholarship Program