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The Virginia Tobacco Settlement Program assists eligible former Virginia resident tobacco growers, quota holders and their family members with up to the cost of tuition to attend credit classes at VHCC, after all other financial aid and scholarships have been exhausted. Students receiving Tobacco Scholarships must meet the requirements of “satisfactory academic progress” as defined in the VHCC college catalog.

  • Family member is defined as the spouse of a former tobacco grower/quota holder, or child of a former tobacco grower/quota holder, or whose grandparent is the grower/quota holder.
  • Tobacco grower/quota holder is defined as a living Virginia resident who is listed by the local Virginia Farm Service Agency office or who can provide documentation of being a quota holder between the indemnification period of 1998 and 2004.
  • Virginia resident is defined as a person who has lived in Virginia for the last 12 months and has no ties with any other state including driver’s license, tax returns, voter registration, or auto registration.

Application Process

  • Applicants must complete the application below
  • Unless you have a Bachelors degree from a four year college or university, you must apply for Financial Aid.
  • The VHCC Financial Aid Process must be completed before a student is qualified to receive the Tobacco Scholarship. The Tobacco Scholarship will fill in the financial aid gaps for students who receive financial aid that is less than the cost of their tuition and fees, or who do not qualify for any financial aid (this is a gap program for tuition only).
  • Applicants may apply for Financial Aid online at When filing out this application be sure to list VHCC’s school code (#007099).


Applicants must provide proof of eligibility , which includes both:

  1. A copy of the 156EZ or MQ24 form obtained from your Local Farm Service Agency.
  2. A notarized statement defining your relationship to the grower/quota holder.

Deadline for 2015-2016 Year (Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016)

All required documentation must be completed and received in the Financial Aid Office by July 1, 2015. This includes a completed FAFSA on file for the 2015-2016 year. After this deadline, funding will not be guaranteed. If funds are available after the deadline, awards will be based upon the date documentation was complete.

Local Farm Agencies

  • Washington County : (276)-628-8186
  • Smyth County: (276)-628-8187
  • Russell/Wise/Dickenson County: (276)-889-4650
  • For all other counties, please call (804)-287-1500

For Additional Information Contact:
Virginia Highlands Community College
Financial Aid - Lindsey Holman (ISC 133-5)
PO Box 828
Abingdon, VA. 24212  

Tobacco Scholarship Application

Contact the Financial Aid office for assistance (276)739-2463

Last updated: 1/9/2015 4:11:07 PM