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Private Scholarships

The Financial Services Office will award private scholarships based on the student's admission and enrollment information. An application is not required as selections for the private scholarships are based on matching the criteria of the scholarship with the recipient.

Adopt-A-Scholar Program provides scholarships ranging from $500-$5000 per year to Averett students, based upon financial need, scholastic record, and general leadership qualities. These scholarships are provided by donors who wish to provide the current financial assistance needed by individual students.

The Margarette M. Aldredge Scholarship was established and endowed by James H. Aldredge, Jr. in memory of his sister and Averett alumna, Margarette M. Aldredge. The scholarship recipient must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, demonstrate financial need, show a strong desire to complete an undergraduate degree, and be a good citizen.

The American National Bank and Trust Company Scholarship was established by the bank to provide scholarship funds for students who demonstrate financial need.

The Joseph B. Anderson Student Aid Fund provides scholarships to young women who demonstrate financial need. First preference is given to those who live in the Spring Garden area of Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

The Paschal Lawrence Anderson and Ellen Hawkins Anderson Scholarship was endowed by P. L. Anderson, Jr. in memory of his parents. The recipient(s) should demonstrate financial need, maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, and demonstrate traits of good citizenship. First consideration is to be given to qualified students related to Paschal Lawrence and Ellen Hawkins Anderson.

The Randy Monteith Anderson Fund was established in memory of Mrs. Anderson, who attended Averett, by her husband and friends. Preference is given students from West Virginia.

The Averett Student Foundation , a student organization of Averett University comprised of 30 selected juniors and seniors, raises money during each academic session to recognize an entering freshman who has demonstrated qualities of leadership while in high school.

The Ella Vaden Aylor Scholarship was established and endowed by Carrie Tate Aylor and Louise Aylor Montague, both Averett alumnae, in memory of their mother, Ella Vaden Aylor, Averett Class of 1900. This scholarship is awarded to one or more Christian students majoring in music. Preference will be given to a student(s) from Virginia and/or North Carolina. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and skill.

The Bruce James Barbour Family Scholarship was endowed by the Barbour family. Preference is given to an applicant who has been active in a church and who demonstrates financial need. The recipient must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or better.

The Brantley Barr Scholarship Fund was endowed by Averett alumna Mary Lou Martin Barr in memory of her husband, Brantley F. Barr. This scholarship is awarded to students who have passed the traditional age for college attendance. Preference will be given first to students from the city of Danville, second from the county of Pittsylvania, third from the adjacent cities and counties.

The Barksdale Foreign Study Scholarship
was established and endowed by Mary Morten Barksdale to provide funds for an Averett student to study in a foreign country. The recipient is to be enrolled as a full time student at Averett with 60 or more academic credits and shall have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. The study abroad shall be a program for academic credit sponsored directly by Averett or a program of study through which academic credit will be granted by Averett University. Apply to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The David Strouse Blount Education Foundation
scholarships are given to residents of Roanoke and surrounding counties who demonstrate financial need. The following minimum grade point averages are required every semester: Freshman, 1.0; Sophomore, 1.5; Junior and Senior 2.0.

The Bradley Family Scholarship was established and endowed by Averett alumnus, H. Hawkins Bradley '48. This scholarship will be awarded to traditional or nontraditional students majoring in Business Administration who have maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or above and have demonstrated traits of good citizenship.

The Elizabeth and James Bustard Distinguished Award was established at Averett under the provisions of a trust created by the will of Elizabeth B. Bustard. This award is to be made at commencement to one or more graduating seniors selected by the faculty and Board of Trustees, who excel in high ideals of living, in spiritual qualities and in generous service to others, for use in higher education. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs for information about this scholarship.

The Mrs. Janet H. Campbell Scholarship
was given and endowed in her honor by her husband, Dr. Frank R. Campbell. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student each year from either the Roanoke Valley area or Statesville, North Carolina, area.

The Alexander Berkeley Carrington, Jr. Scholarship was established and endowed in Mr. Carrington's memory. The recipient(s) shall demonstrate financial need.

The CIT Group/Factoring Scholarship
is an annual award for a full-time rising senior from the Danville area who demonstrates financial need, academic promise and whose school and/or community involvement indicate leadership potential. The recipient shall be selected by the College Scholarship Committee.

The Class of 1941 Scholarship
was established and endowed by the members of the Averett College Class of 1941. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need, maintains a grade point average of 3.0 or better, and who is in good standing both academically and socially.

The Class of 1948 Scholarship
was established and endowed by the members of the Averett College Class of 1948. This scholarship is to be awarded each year to a student who demonstrates financial need and who is in good academic standing.

The Class of 1950 Alumni Scholarship was established and endowed by the members of the Averett College Class of 1950. This scholarship is to be awarded each year to a student who demonstrates financial need and who is in good academic standing.

The Ruth Walton English Scholarship
was established and endowed by Averett alumna, Ruth Walton English. The recipient shall maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, demonstrate good citizenship and have financial need. The scholarship may be retained for four years of undergraduate study provided the recipient continues to meet the criteria.

The Mary C. Fugate Scholarship, established and endowed by Averett College alumnae in memory of former Averett Dean, Mary C. Fugate, is awarded each year to a young woman who best demonstrates those ideals exemplary of the life of Mary C. Fugate. The recipient shall be selected by the Scholarship Committee from nominations submitted by the Averett faculty.

The Emily Swain Grousbeck Scholarship, established and endowed by Mrs. Grousbeck, is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and who are in good academic and social standing with the University.

The John O. and Annie Newman Gunn Scholarship was endowed through the generosity of John O. and Annie Newman Gunn of Yanceyville, North Carolina, in memory of William Hundley and Alice Gunn Jefferson and their sons, Richard Garland Jefferson and William Hundley Jefferson, Jr., and in recognition of their daughters, Elizabeth Wilson Jefferson and Mary Evelyn Jefferson. While the scholarship is not restricted, the donors wish to encourage students for full-time Christian service and give preference to students from Caswell County, North Carolina.

The J. Bryant Heard Scholarship was endowed by Major Olga S. Heard, '33, U.S. Army (Retired) in memory of her father. The scholarship is awarded to a Virginia resident with first preference given to a student from Danville or Lynchburg majoring in mathematics.

The Mrs. Bryant Heard Scholarship was established by her daughter and Averett alumna, Major Olga S. Heard, USA (Ret.) and endowed through the generosity of the Heard family. This scholarship is awarded to a Virginia resident with first preference given to a student from Danville or Lynchburg majoring in English or Voice.

The Richard and Louise Hinton Scholarship
was endowed by Averett alumna Anna Lee Hinton Fetter in memory of her parents Richard and Louise Hinton. Preference is given to students from the Northern Neck of Virginia or from the state of Virginia who demonstrate financial need.

The Hopkins-Bryan Scholarship of Averett is funded annually through the Ira and Bertha Hopkins and Nancy Hopkins Bryan Trust Fund managed and held in perpetuity by the Virginia Baptist Foundation, Inc. The recipient is to be a Virginia Baptist student who was a member of a Virginia Baptist church of the Baptist General Association of Virginia prior to enrolling at Averett.

The Hudson Scholarship was endowed by Lester and Jane Hudson and is awarded to a junior or senior. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

The Bonnie Humphreys Scholarship was established through a bequest from the Estate of Bonnie W. Humphreys. Funds are awarded each year to academically gifted and talented students in the field of education and/or to a minority student in the field of education who is a resident of the city of Danville or Pittsylvania County. The award will be given to a freshman for the freshman year only.

Jones Family Scholarship was established through the estate of Dr. Charles E. Jones. This scholarship shall be awarded to a student pursuing an education in the area of religious studies.

The Lovick H. Kernodle Scholarship was established by the Lovick H. Kernodle Foundation for a graduate of George Washington High School, Danville, Virginia, who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and good citizenship and who has financial need.

The Law Firm of Daniel, Vaughan, Medley and Smitherman, P.C. Scholarship was established and endowed by the members of the firm of Daniel, Vaughan, Medley and Smitherman. Preference shall be given to traditional or non-traditional students who have demonstrated financial need. The recipient shall have maintained a grade point average of 2.5 or higher and shall have demonstrated traits of good citizenship.

The Howard and Margaret Lee Scholarship was established by Averett faculty and staff to honor the contributions of Dr. and Mrs. Howard Lee to Averett University. The applicant must demonstrate financial need.

The Robert J. and Irene W. Mann Scholarship Fund honors the long-standing and sacrificial efforts of Reverend and Mrs. Mann. Preference is given to students from Patrick and Albemarle Counties and the city of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Marshall Concrete Products Scholarship Fund is for employees of Marshall Concrete Products or their dependents or grandchildren.

The MBA Scholarship was established and endowed by the Averett MBA Cluster-146 and the Estate of Ruth Irene Baker, Averett Class of 1945. This scholarship, for MBA students, will be awarded each year in each of the four regions of the non-traditional programs. Each recipient cannot be receiving other financial assistance including employer tuition reimbursement. Applicants entering the program must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 from undergraduate study. Applicants in the program are to have a grade point average of 3.5. Previous recipients may reapply, but are not guaranteed a second award. Applications available at each regional office.

Carroll and Ruth McDowell Scholarship was established and endowed by Averett alumna, Louise Hall McDowell '57 and her husband Charles, in memory of his parents. Preference will be given to a traditional or nontraditional student from a rural section of Halifax County, Virginia, pursuing a degree in religious studies or in education. The scholarship is for four years providing that the student remains in good academic and social standing.

The Onnie H. and Bertie Milloway Scholarship Fund was established in their memory to assist freshmen of Averett University. The recipients are selected by the Trust Investment Committee of the American National Bank of Danville, Virginia.

The Spencer and Mary Elizabeth Morten Scholarship
was established and endowed by Mary Elizabeth Bassett Morten. Preference is given to students who are employees, spouses or children/grandchildren of employees of Bassett Mirror Company and/or Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. Second preference is given to students who have lived for at least one year in the geographic area of Northern Henry County and Eastern Patrick County, Virginia. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 grade point average and demonstrate traits of good citizenship.

The Tony and Reva Myers Scholarship
was endowed by Averett alumnus, Dr. Danny C. Myers, '72, in honor of his parents. This scholarship is awarded to a student from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, majoring in mathematics or science. Preference shall be given to a student from a home where only one natural parent resides and from whom no financial support is available. The recipient must maintain a 3.2 grade point average.

The Neil Andrew Nesterak Scholarship was established and endowed by his parents, members of his family, Averett College classmates and friends, in memory of Neil Andrew Nesterak, Averett Class of 1983. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who demonstrates an interest and enjoyment working with young people in both sports and out of door activities. The recipient must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or above and have demonstrated financial need.

The Mildred Fulton Owen Scholarship was endowed by her son, Claude S. Owen, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Lamar Lewis Owen ('65). This scholarship is awarded to one or more female residents of Pittsylvania County who are full-time students at Averett.

The Peoples Mutual Telephone Company Scholarship was established and endowed by the Board of Directors of Peoples Mutual Telephone Company of Gretna, Virginia. Preference is given to students who are employees, spouses or children/grandchildren of employees of Peoples Mutual Telephone Company. Second Preference is given to students who have lived for at least one year in the geographic area served by the Peoples Mutual Telephone Company. The recipient must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and demonstrate traits of good citizenship.

The Pittsylvania Baptist Association Scholarship
was established and endowed by members of Baptist Churches of the Pittsylvania Baptist Association of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The Averett Scholarship Committee in consultation with the faculty of the Averett Religion Department shall determine the recipient of the scholarship. All students who are eligible for these funds are to be notified. The recipient must be participating in an internship under the guidance of the Religion Department, demonstrate financial need, and must be in good standing with the university academically and socially.

The Alfred Hugo Radke and Gerda Else Radke Scholarship was establishedand endowed by Averett Alumnus, Dr. Danny Meyers, 72, and hiswife Ingrid, in honor of Mrs. Meyers' parents, Alfred and Gerda Radke.As Mr. and Mrs. Radke immigrated to the United States from Germanyin 1950, this scholarship is to be awarded to an international studentor a first generation American student whose intent is to graduatefrom Averett University and demonstrates financial need. The recipientis to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The David S. Reynolds Theatre Arts Scholarship was established and endowed by his father and his sister, Claude D. Reynolds and Claudette Reynolds Keeter. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a student majoring in theatre. Awards will be given on the basis of a student audition, academic performance (a minimum 3.0 grade point average) and financial need.

The Rippe Art Scholarship was established and endowed by A. Benjamin Rippe in memory of Karen Rippe Steinreich, Sonia Lubin Rippe, E. Louis Rippe and David H. Gladstone for students in the visual arts or music. The selection of the recipient shall be made by the faculty of the Art Department in conjunction with the Scholarship Committee.

The Elizabeth R. Smith/Tom Wilson Theatre Arts Scholarship was established by Averett's graduates of the Theatre Arts Department to honor the efforts of both professors in promoting the arts and crafts of the stage. The recipient shall have maintained an overall grade point average of 2.0 and a 3.0 in their major area of study. The selection of the recipient(s) shall be made by a Theatre Arts Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the College's Scholarship Committee.

The Louise Goodwin Snavely Scholarship was established and endowed by Louise Goodwin Snavely, Averett Class of 1941, in memory of her parents, Nicie B. and John S. Snavely. Preference shall be given to traditional or non-traditional students who have demonstrated need and who reside in the area of Virginia to include, beginning on the east, Giles, Montgomery, Floyd and Carroll Counties and to include all other counties west of these to the western end of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Within this area, preference shall be given to females from Smyth, Washington and Wythe Counties in the order as listed. The recipient shall have maintained at least a grade point average of 2.5 or above and shall demonstrate traits of good citizenship.

The Bessie Myers Suddarth Scholarshipwas established and endowed by the members of the Myers family in memory of Averett alumna, Bessie Myers Suddarth. Criteria for selection are available in the Office of Financial Aid.

The Wycliffe Swain Scholarship was established and endowed by his sister, Emily Swain Grousbeck. This scholarship is awarded to one or more students majoring in music who demonstrate financial need.

The Bernard C. and Barbara S. Swann Scholarship, endowed by Bernard and Barbara Swann, is awarded to students who are recommended by their home church and meet the following criteria (in order of preference): A Christian student preparing for a church-related vocation; a Virginia Baptist student; a Christian student in good standing with Averett University.

The Dewey W. Swicegood Scholarship was established in a bequest of Dewey W. Swicegood and endowed by Mrs. Dewey W. Swicegood in memory of her husband. Preference is given to a student from Danville or Pittsylvania County who demonstrates financial need.

The Homer T Thomasson Scholarship was established by the Homer T Thomasson Fund Directors from contributions received from friends and colleagues in memory of Homer T Thomasson. The recipient must be preparing for a career in the field of communications.

The Titmus Foundation Scholarship is a $5000 award given annually to a student majoring in mathematics and/or the sciences who plans a career in teaching.

The Virginia Bank and Trust Company Scholarship is available to a full-time, senior student who lives within 30 miles of the bank's main office in Danville. Applicants must be majors in either Business Administration: Management Science or Business Administration: Marketing, have a grade point average of at least 2.75, demonstrate financial need, and have a record of good citizenship.

The Dr. Bernice Heard Waddell Scholarship was established and endowed by Averett alumna, Major Olga S. Heard, USA (Ret.), in memory of her sister, Dr. Bernice Heard Waddell who served as a professor and as acting President of Stratford College. For twelve years she served as professor of foreign languages at Averett. This scholarship is awarded to an upperclassman who has demonstrated interest and ability in the study of French and/or Spanish and who desires to pursue the study of French and/or Spanish beyond the intermediate level.

The Nancy Frazier Wakeman, '31, Scholarship was established and endowed by her husband, Truman J. Wakeman. The recipient must have a 2.5 or better grade point average and demonstrate traits of good citizenship. The applicant must need financial assistance.

The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation provides scholarships for female residents of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana who are studying Medical Technology. The student must demonstrate financial need.
The Dot R. Williamson Scholarship was established in memory of Averett alumna Dot Richmond Williamson by her family. This scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in music.

The Louise Rowlett Wingo Scholarship is an endowed scholarship for students preparing to teach mathematics which was established by Mrs. Sara Gregory and Mrs. Gene Moore in memory of their aunt, Louise Rowlett Wingo. The recipient must demonstrate financial need and must teach one year for each year he receives the scholarship.

The Anne Worthington Scholarship, endowed by Dr. Worthington ('74), is awarded to one or more non-traditional junior or senior students majoring in the humanities or in science. A grade point average of 3.0 or better and demonstrated financial need are required.
The Garland and Harriet Wyatt Scholarship was endowed by Averett alumni Garland and Harriet B. Wyatt for a student(s) majoring in business.

The George and Betty Falk - Walker - Morris Endowed Scholarship was established and endowed by Dr. and Mrs. George Falk, in celebration of the lives of Mrs. Falk's parents, Durwood and Katherine M. Walker, and her grandparents, Dr. Clifford and Mary B. Morris and Jacob and Annis A. Walker. Preference will be given to a person in need who exhibits strong character and fine virtues.

The Lawrence G. Lefty Wilson Memorial Scholarship was established and endowed by family and friends, in memory of Lawrence G. Lefty Wilson. Preference will be given to a graduate of George Washington High School in Danville, VA. If a student is not available from GWHS, preference will be given to a student from Southside VA. The recipient will have demonstrated traits of good citizenship and sportsmanship. Available fall 2001.

The O. Lewis Roach Jr. Scholarship was established and endowed by Alyce Amory Roach in memory of her husband, Averett College trustee emeritus, O. Lewis Roach, Jr. The recipient must major in business administration. A 3.0 GPA or its equivalent is demanded in any academic program that the recipient completed or was enrolled in prior to Averett University. Preference will be given to a resident of Virginia.

The Douglas W. Hosier Endowed Scholarship was established and endowed by his parents, members of his family, classmates and friends, in memory of Douglas Hosier, Averett College Class of 1983. The recipient will be a full-time student who has demonstrated financial need and good citizenship. Preference will be given to a qualified student who is related to any deceased Averett University alumni, or to any international student who meets the criteria.

The Florrie Storey Shultz Business Department Scholarship
was established and endowed by her nephew Robert H. Shultz, Jr., and the estate of Florrie Storey Shultz, Averett College Class of 1928. The recipient may be a traditional or non-traditional student, majoring in the field of business, who demonstrates financial need, and must have at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate traits of good citizenship. This award is available to incoming freshmen provided they have met the GPA requirements during their senior year of high school.

The Roy G. and Joan F. Gignac Endowed Scholarship was established and endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Roy G. Gignac. Preference will be given to a student graduating from a high school in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Danville, Virginia, or Caswell County, North Carolina, who demonstrates financial need. Preference will be given to a student who attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Danville, Virginia.

The Thomas and Isabelle Boyd Scholarship was established and endowed by the estate of Mrs. Lightfoot Boyd Fourqurean, Averett College Class of 1931. Preference will be given to a student graduating from a high school in Halifax County, Virginia, who has demonstrated financial need.

The Beazley Scholar recipients must be a junior in the upper 10% of class and has taken at least 30 hours at Averett and demonstrate leadership qualities. The recipient is chosen after registration to be given at opening convocation. Must sign agreement to attend the scholar ceremony that year and needs financial assistance.

The Roy G. and Joan F. Gignac Endowed Scholarship was established and endowed by Roy G. and Joan F. Gignac. First preference shall be giving to a student graduating from a high school in Pittsylvania County, Danville or Caswell County, North Carolina. Second preference shall be given to a student who attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Danville, VA. The recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need. If recipient maintains 2.5 GPA and good social standing may have up to four years or through senior year.

The Virginia Collegium Scholarship recipient is chosen by Collegium (Honors) Committee. The student must have written agreement to attend the scholar ceremony that year and be in honors program.

The Dimon Incorporated Endowed Scholarshipwas established and endowed by the Dimon Incorporated. First preference shall be given to students who are dependents of full-time employees of DIMON Incorporated. Second preference shall be given to students who are dependents of other local tobacco industry employees. Third preference shall be given to students who have lived for at least one year in Danville, Pittsylvania County or the surrounding area. The recipient must be full-time student and remain in good academic standing. The scholarship is renewal if student maintains a 2.5 GPA for up to 4 years.

The Katherine Payne Rigney 42 Scholarship was established and endowed by Katherine Payne Rigney. The recipient must be a resident of Virginia and majoring in Education. Preference given to a transfer student that has completed a community college program. The recipient must have a 3.0 GPA prior to coming to Averett. If recipient maintains a 3.0, may have through senior year.

The George and Leah Shields Scholarship
was established and endowed by Dr. and Mrs. George H. Shields, Jr. The scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from Dan River High School. Scholarship is non-renewable. The scholarship is not based on academic merit but must demonstrated financial need.

Other scholarships include:

  • The Curtis V. Bishop Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The P. F. Conway Scholarship
  • Francis S. Crews Scholarship
  • Flora Baker Hicks, T.E.L. Memorial Scholarship
  • The Lizzie Lowndes Scholarship
  • Louise Paulsen Scholarship Fund
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