AIMS Higher Scholarships

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GraduatesBy providing scholarship funds through the Appalachian Inter-Mountain Scholars (AIMS) Higher program, Virginia Highlands Community College encourages students to complete a challenging curriculum and pursue higher education. The funds are available for Virginia students who live within the VHCC service region, which includes the City of Bristol, Washington County, and Smyth County.

AIMS Higher provides funding for high school graduates who do not receive enough financial aid to cover the full cost of tuition and fees. Students who receive AIMS Higher funding must remain full-time students during each fall and spring semester, beginning with Fall following high school graduation, and complete their coursework within two years. In addition, to continue receiving AIMS Higher funding while enrolled at VHCC, students must maintain a 2.75 GPA and meet all other academic standards required for financial aid recipients. These guidelines are outlined in the VHCC catalog. All AIMS Higher recipients also must complete 20 hours of community service during their first year of college.

How to Apply for the AIMS Higher Scholarship

1. Meet Eligibility requirements for your high school

Washington County

Chilhowie High School and Northwood High School

Virginia High School

2. Pick up or Download an Application Download an Application or pick one up at VHCC Financial Aid Office, from the Career Coaches, guidance counselors and at financial aid workshops.  The deadline for applications is April 28, 2017
3. Complete Financial Aid Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include VHCC as a school.

The FAFSA must be on file with VHCC Office of Student Financial Aid by
May 1, 2017
4. Submit the completed application to your high school guidance counselor. Application deadline will be announced soon. Please check back.
5. Scholarships The AIMS Higher Scholarship will be awarded by June 2017 and students will be notified by July 2017.

AIMS Higher Scholarships are funded through a grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and are subject to the availability of funds. 

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