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Arlington Community Foundation opens application to local students for over $525,000 in scholarship support

By: Arlington Community Foundation

December 20, 2021

Arlington Community Foundation (ACF) launched its 2022 scholarship application today, providing Arlington high school students with an opportunity to compete for more than 70 scholarships worth over $525,000 in student aid. A single, common application gives students an easy way to apply for an award from more than 55 individual scholarship funds, each with their own unique criteria, ranging in size from $1,000 to $5,000. Several of the awards are renewable. Students must submit their application by January 31, 2022 to be considered.

Generous individuals, families, companies and organizations fund the scholarships, which have their own unique eligibility criteria, including scholarships for students of immigrant parents, students who participate in a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) program, and students entering STEM and healthcare programs, among several others.

Earlier this year, former scholarship recipients shared their stories, struggles, and words of inspiration for the new scholars. Enji Tuvshinzaya, who received an ACF scholarship from 2014 to 2018 while attending James Madison University, reflected, “When I received the scholarship, I cried. It meant an open door and new opportunities. It was special because I felt supported by my community.”

“Each and every student who completes high school should have a chance to continue their education, and we want to see as many of our local students apply for an award as possible to make that goal attainable,” said Jennifer Owens, Arlington Community Foundation president and CEO. “We are deeply grateful to our many donors and community partners who generously support the Foundation’s scholarships, as well as the dozens of volunteers who review the applications to help us make good decisions about these awards.”

Each scholarship award is made possible by the generosity of numerous individuals, families, businesses, and organizations who have established named scholarship funds or provided gifts to our Community Scholarship Fund. For information on how you can start a new scholarship fund or contribute to an existing scholarship fund to help deserving Arlington students attend college, please call 703-243-4785 or email [email protected].

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About Arlington Community Foundation: Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families, and businesses for the betterment of Arlington County. As a grantmaker, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, and address the most critical issues of our time to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone. For more information on Arlington Community Foundation please visit our website at www.arlcf.org or call 703-243-4785.

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