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Appalachian Inter Mountain Scholar (AIMS) Program

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In response to decreased funding from and the new priorities of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, VHCC has been making modifications to the AIMS Scholarship (Appalachian Intermountain Scholars) historically funded by the TRRC.

AIMS funding will be awarded up to 12 (full time) hours each semester if funding is available. 


  • Eligible for scholarship based on recommendation by high schools
    • Participation required in three out of four years
    •  Senior year participation required
  • Up to two years of last-dollar tuition possible for 12 hours (fall/spring only)
  • Credit courses only
  • Must enroll the fall after high school graduation
  • Must meet all deadlines
  • Must complete scholarship and FAFSA applications (last dollar, but not need-based)
  • Must maintain a 2.75 GPA and have continuous enrollment

How to Apply for the AIMS Program

1. Meet Eligibility requirements for your high school
Chilhowie High School and Northwood High School
Virginia High School
Washington County
2. Contact your career coach or guidance counselor to express intent to be considered for the AIMS scholarship.
3. Complete Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include VHCC as a school. School code: 007099.

4. Submit the completed application to your high school Guidance Counselor or Career Coach
Application deadline is Friday, April 17, 2020.
5. Scholarship
The AIMS Scholarship will be awarded by July 2020 and students will be notified.


Scholarship programs subject to available funding and priorities of the TRRC