Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program

The Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Program was established in accordance with § 30-231.8 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.

Please note: The 2016-2017 academic year was the final year for “New” applications. The Committee is only accepting "RENEWAL" applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please do not submit new applications as they will not be accepted.

Eligibility for Scholarship Renewal

Eligibility for the renewal of scholarship awards is limited to current domiciled residents of Virginia who between 1954 and 1964 were:

  • Students in the public schools of Arlington, where state public education funds were rescinded due to desegregation, and in Charlottesville, Norfolk, Prince Edward County, or Warren County where the public schools were closed to avoid desegregation; and
  • Unable to begin, continue, or complete their public school education in one of these school divisions; or
  • Relocated within or outside of the Commonwealth during Massive Resistance to begin, continue, or complete their public school education between 1954 and 1964 due to public school closings to avoid desegregation; or
  • Ineligible to attend a private academy or foundation, in- or out-of-state, established to circumvent desegregation; and
  • Unable to pursue postsecondary education opportunities or training because of the inability to obtain a high school diploma due to public school closings to avoid desegregation.

Virginia law, § 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia, provides that "only students who are domiciled residents of Virginia shall be eligible to receive Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship awards." Renewal awards will only be made to current scholarship recipients who meet the provisions of this section and who are in good academic standing at approved institutions.

How to Apply for a Scholarship Renewal

Applicants must be able to prove that they are current domiciled residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia at the time of application for the renewal of a scholarship.

  • Documents accepted to establish Virginia domicile. One of the following documents at least one year old:
    • Current Virginia driver’s license or identification card
    • Current Virginia vehicle registration
    • Virginia voter registration card
    • Affirmation that you filed a state income tax return in Virginia
  • Documents accepted to establish Virginia residency. Two of the following documents not more than 60 days old:
    • Payroll check stub from a Virginia employer
    • Monthly bank statement in your name to your Virginia address
    • Utility bill in your name to your Virginia address (cellular phone and pager bills are not accepted)
    • Cancelled check with both name and Virginia address imprinted
    • Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) showing Virginia as your domicile, if active-duty military. Copies of the documents above are acceptable. Do not send originals.
  • An applicant must meet the eligibility criteria for awards established by law.
  • An applicant must request, complete, and return a renewal application form, together with appropriate documents to establish domicile and residency in Virginia by the application deadline.
  • An applicant must provide a copy of the letter of admission or acceptance to the program to which he has applied, or in which he is currently enrolled that meets the qualifications of the scholarship program.
  • An applicant must sign an acceptance form affirming the accuracy of the information he has provided and that he agrees to pursue the approved education program for which the scholarship is awarded until his graduation or the completion of the program, as appropriate.
  • An applicant applying for scholarship renewal must request, complete, and return the renewal application form by the application deadline, verify continuation of Virginia domicile and residency, and submit a copy of his transcript to document satisfactory academic achievement, continuous enrollment in an approved education program, and progress toward program completion.
  • An applicant intending to enroll in the summer term must first notify the Committee in writing by May 1 of the academic year in which he plans to attend summer school.
  • An applicant seeking readmission to the Program and reinstatement of the scholarship award must submit a written statement explaining the extenuating circumstances that contributed to his withdrawal and request reinstatement of the award. If the award is rescinded due to academic suspension, the applicant must also submit documentation of his reinstatement in good academic standing from the approved education program.

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