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SPCS Scholarships

We offer scholarships for adult learners. In fact, the School has distributed nearly $100,000 annually to continuing students in the past several years.

To be eligible for any financial aid, including these scholarships, applicants must complete the FAFSA. As a rule, registration for at least six semester hours per term is also required.

Students may receive scholarship funding once per academic year. Awards are made in the Fall to cover the Fall and Spring terms, and Spring awards are prioritized for new SPCS students — those enrolling in the Spring for the first time.

To be eligible for these SPCS scholarships, applicants must complete the FAFSA by the scholarship deadline.

Scholarship Applications & Deadlines

To apply for one of these scholarships, click a link above to access the online application. You will be prompted to create a login profile — or you may log in using your degree program application credentials — in order to open the scholarship application.

Osher Reentry Scholarship

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies has been granted the Osher Reentry Scholarship Fund. To be considered for the scholarship, students must meet the following eligibility criteria. Previous recipients of an Osher Reentry Scholarship are encouraged to reapply annually.

  • Admitted to an SPCS bachelor’s degree program
  • Began college-level studies more than 5 years ago
  • Cumulative* interruptions in your studies total 5 years or more
  • Plan to continue working or enter the workforce upon graduating
  • Between the ages of 25 and 50
  • Seeking a first undergraduate degree (and must be admitted to a baccalaureate degree program in SPCS)
  • Demonstrates financial need in FAFSA and accompanying supporting letter

* The interruption need not be during the 5 years immediately preceding enrollment, nor need the gap represent 5 years in sequence.

SPCS Scholarships

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies offers a variety of scholarships to candidates who are enrolled in a degree program. Individuals who can receive tuition reimbursement through their employer are not eligible for scholarship assistance.

Successful applicants will be awarded scholarship funds from among the need-based scholarships listed below as funding is available. Applicants need not specify the individual scholarship.

Diana D. and W. Joseph Winston Scholarship for Teacher Licensure Program
Established in 2007 by Diana and Joe Winston, C’71, designated for students in the Teacher Licensure Program.

Edward and Aiden Agnew-Cooney Scholarship
Established in 2007 by Valerie J. Agnew, C’96, G’05, designated to be awarded to qualified students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Eugene B. Sydnor Scholarship
Established in 1915 by Eugene B. Sydnor, former president of Richmond Dry Goods Company, Inc. and vice president of Virginia Mechanics Institute in Richmond, as a scholarship for the Evening School.

Harvey & McNeil Families Scholarship
Established in 2018 by Connie Harvey, C’05, and James McNeil, designated for students in the Teacher Licensure Program who are student teaching.

J. May Reid Scholarship in Retail
Established in 1999 by Children's Wear Digest, Inc. in appreciation of Mrs. Reid's 20 years of dedicated service to the company, to be awarded to a student in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

James L. Narduzzi Scholarship
Established in 2005 by students, alumni, faculty and friends in recognition of Dr. Narduzzi's 10th anniversary as dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, as a scholarship for the Evening School.

Jean H. Proffitt Scholarship
Established in 1996 by alumni, students, and friends in honor of Jean H. Proffitt, UC '83, who was an inspiration to and advocate for many thousands of Evening School students, upon her retirement after 38 years of service. This scholarship has no minimum hour requirement and is available to all degree-seeking students.

Larus and Brother Company Scholarship
Established in 1945 by Larus and Brother Company, a Richmond-based cigarette manufacturer that ceased operations in 1974, as a scholarship for the Evening School of Business.

Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation Scholarship
Established in 1945 by Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation, a leading title insurance company in Richmond, as a scholarship for the Evening School of Business.

Lucy S. Gibb Scholarship
Established in 2007 by Andrew Gibb, C’83, to support qualified students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Martha Edmonds Scholarship
Established in 2018 by Mary Ramsey Evans, C’02, G’06, and Charles Evans, awarded to qualified students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Martin L. Shotzberger Scholarship
Established in 1968 by alumni and friends in recognition of Dr. Shotzberger's years as the first dean of University College, now the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, as he left to become president of Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. Dr. Shotzberger, who held B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, passed away in 2004.

Michael Dobbs Scholarship
Established in 2013 by Dr. Mary Dobbs, SPCS Adjunct Faculty Emerita, supporting students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.2

Patricia J. Brown Scholarship
Established in 2018 by Marshall Ervine, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member, designated for qualified students in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

Reynolds Metals Company Scholarship
Established in 1945 by Reynolds Metals Company, a Richmond-based manufacturer of aluminum products, as a scholarship for the Evening School.

Richmond Dry Goods/Children's Wear Digest Scholarship
Established in 1919, 1944 and 1945 by the Richmond Dry Goods Company as three separate scholarships and combined in 1995 into one, as a scholarship for students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Sally Fairbanks Scholarship in Paralegal Studies
Established in 2006 by members and friends of the Fairbanks family, designated to students enrolled in the Evening School paralegal studies program.

Sarah O. Gunn Scholarship
Established in 2004 to support undergraduate students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies who display good citizenship and act in a manner that enhances the University's program.

School of Continuing Studies 40th Anniversary Scholarship
Established in 2002 in recognition of the School of Continuing Studies' 40th anniversary.

Short Pump Ruritan/Civic Foundation Scholarship
Established in 2014, jointly by the Short Pump Ruritan Club and the Short Pump Civic Association, to benefit students enrolled in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies who are residents of the Short Pump/Glen Allen, Virginia, area.

SPCS Alumni Association-SPCS Student Government Association Scholarship
Established in 2007 to undergraduate or graduate students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies Evening School who display good citizenship and act in a manner that enhances the University's program. The scholarship may be renewed as long as the student remains enrolled in the SPCS Evening School during his or her undergraduate or graduate years and maintains satisfactory academic progress.

SPCS-TLP Scholarship
Designated for students in the Teacher Licensure Preparation (TLP) program.

Standard Oil Company of New Jersey Scholarship
Established in 1945 by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, now Exxon Corporation, as a scholarship for the Evening School.

Strickler Scholarship
Established in 2018 by Scott Strickler, C’87, awarded to qualified students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Thomas and Doris Pearson Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2002 by Thomas W. Pearson, UC '63, to support undergraduate students in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies who display good citizenship and act in a manner that enhances the University's program.

Virginia, Patricia and Deborah Pearson Endowed Scholarship
Established in 2004 by Thomas W. Pearson to support undergraduate students in the School of Professional & Continuing Studies who display good citizenship and act in a manner that enhances the University's program.

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