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At Randolph we honor exceptional students with a variety of scholarships.

Awarded on the basis of academic achievement, leadership experience, and community involvement (among other things), scholarships can help pay for your journey at Randolph. Transfer students are also eligible for merit scholarships.

Among the scholarships you’ll find:

Presidential Scholarship

The top merit award available to Randolph College students, the Presidential Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship offered to select first year applicants who demonstrate exceptional academic qualities along with significant extracurricular pursuits.

Students admitted to Randolph College and meeting the criteria listed below are eligible to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship.

Competitive applications will reflect a high school GPA of at least 3.80 (weighted) accompanied by a challenging curriculum of study. Randolph College is test optional, but if a student believes their standardized test scores will enhance the merits of their application, they are encouraged to offer them as part of their submission.

Applicants are required to submit a 1-3 page, double spaced writing sample or a 3-5 minute presentation. Finalists will also be required to complete an interview with the scholarship committee.

  • Submission Deadline:  January 11, 2021
  • Winners announced: week of February 2, 2021

Apply now for the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship > > >

Randolph Scholarships

At Randolph, we believe in transparent, straightforward scholarships awarded on the basis of academic achievement. We take the time to assess each student’s application holistically.

We recognize and reward ongoing academic excellence.If you maintain satisfactory progress toward your Randolph College degree, your awards will be renewed for your second, third, and fourth year.

Be sure to present a complete picture of yourself when you apply for admission so that you will receive full consideration for scholarship support.

Scholarships from Outside Sources

Tips for Outside Scholarships: 

~Search for a Variety of Scholarships: Start local then work your way out. The Financial Aid Office recommends exploring multiple sources for scholarships, including churches and community organizations, branches of the military, Masonic Lodges, Elks and Moose Lodges, American Legion and VFW posts, local businesses and trade unions, your high school, as well as parents’ employers who may offer scholarships to their employees’ dependents.

~Don’t Be Discouraged: Always read the requirements for the scholarship, don’t be discouraged by the name of a scholarship. You may not meet all of the requirements for a particular scholarship, but if you are the only person who applies, you could be the recipient.

~Avoid Scholarship Scams: You should never have to pay or purchase a product in order to apply or receive a scholarship. Click here for more information on avoiding scholarship scams.

Remember there are numerous scholarship programs available. Student’s must take responsibility to search for outside scholarships. Below are links to various scholarship websites that have been proven helpful to Randolph’s students.

The Financial Aid Office also maintains a list of specialized scholarships, targeted towards students with specific backgrounds, interests, and future goals. If you do not find what you are looking for here, send us an email or come by our office. 


Scholarship Search Engines (lists multiple scholarship opportunities):



A list of scholarship opportunities is provided below for your information. Outside scholarships can be a valuable source of funding for students. Your research may be worth the effort. Start with a general scholarship search on FastWeb, FinAid, or the College Boardand then pursue individual scholarships.

Scholarship Amount
AICPA John L. Carey Scholarships Program
For liberal arts students wishing to pursue graduate accounting study.
AAUW Scholarship
The Lynchburg Branch of the American Association of University Women. The recipient will be a full-time student from Central Virginia. An applicant may be a student of traditional age or a reentry adult student.
American Chemical Society Scholars Program
up to $5000
Business and Professional Women’s Association
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest
Up to $5,000
Freedom Forum/NCAA Sports Journalism Scholarship
Health Professions Preparatory, Health Professions Pre-Graduate and Indian Health Professions Scholarship Programs
The Indian Health Service encourages American Indians and Alaska Natives to enter the health professions to assure the availability of Indian health professionals to serve Indians. Full-time and part-time scholarships will be funded for three scholarship programs. This program announcement is related to the priority area of education and community-based programs.
Hispanic College Fund
The Hispanic College Fund offers a variety of scholarships. To be considered, students must:

  • Come from a Hispanic background
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Attend College full time
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be pursuing a career in business, science or engineering.

James Madison Memorial Foundation James Madison Graduate Fellows
MG James Ursano Scholarship Fund
varies based upon program participants
National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds
up to $20,000
Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship Program
Sallie Mae Fund First in My Family Scholarship Program
Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need Scholarship Program
Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship
Available to Juniors and Seniors attending a college in Virginia. Applicants do not have to be journalism majors, but must demonstrate intent to pursue careers in print, broadcast, or Internet Journalism.
Southside Tobacco Forgiveness Loan
Applications are now being accepted for the Southside Tobacco Forgiveness Loan. The program goal is to provide a stimulus for economic revitalization in communities within Southside Virginia by encouraging native Southside Virginians to complete a degree and then return to and settle in a locality within Southside Virginia, the region that nurtured and developed them during their formative years. These localities include the following counties and cities: Counties; Amelia, Appomattox, Bedford, Brunswick, Buckingham, Campbell, Charlotte, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Franklin, Greensville/Emporia, Halifax, Henry, Lunenburg, Lynchburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Sussex and Cities; Bedford, Danville and Martinsville.
To learn more about this opportunity or to apply you must submit an online application at
Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund
Must have earned your high school diploma on or before September 1995.
United Methodist Church
UNCF-Merck Science Initiative
The United Negro College Fund and The Merck Company have established scholarship awards for outstanding African American students pursuing studies and careers in the field of biomedical research.
United Methodist Student Loan program
The United Methodist Student Loan program is currently accepting applications for student loans up to $2,500 per academic year at a 6% fixed interest rate. Students are given a 6-month grace period after the completion of school before repayment begins. The loan is repaid over a ten year repayment period. For additional information visit
Virginia Press Women
The Agnes Cook Scholarship competition is open to any Virginia College student planning a career in journalism, photo journalism, public relations or another related communications field. Applicants do not have to be enrolled in a journalism degree program to qualify, but strong evident of a commitment to the field of communications is essential.
WTVR-TV/Black Advisory Council (BAC) Scholarship
WTVR-TV and its Black Advisory Council will offer scholarships to college students pursuing a degree in Communications or related fields. Scholarships are available to African American students pursuing a degree from a Virginia College approved by the WTVR-TV/BAC. Applicants will be evaluated on academic achievement, career interest, and personal accomplishments.
$1,000 up to $7,500

If you have any questions, please email the Student Financial Services Office.

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