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Applying to Valley Scholars


Students applying to the Valley Scholars program must complete a program application and interview. Applications are considered in the spring of the 7th grade school year. Selections are based upon the following criteria for admission to the program:

  1. Be a Virginia resident and United States citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Be in 7th grade and attend a participating middle school in one of the partnering school districts: Augusta County, Harrisonburg City, Page County, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, Staunton City, and Waynesboro City Schools.
  3. Be in good academic standing and demonstrate academic promise and motivation.
  4. Meet financial eligibility guidelines based upon free and reduced lunch eligibility.
  5. Be a first generation college student. This means that your parent(s) or guardian(s) have not graduated from a four year college or university.
  6. Have the full support of parent(s) or guardian(s) for your participation in the program.
  7. Be recommended for participation by a teacher, principal, or guidance counselor from your school.
  8. Commitment to attend week long summer enrichment programs, as well as Saturday or after school programs throughout the school year. Later admission may only occur through the offer of an alternate position during the 8th grade year. Later admission is not available beyond the end of the 8th grade year.
Application Process
  1. Review all eligibility requirements to ensure that you are eligible to participate in the program.
  2. Complete the Valley Scholars Application. Applications received after the deadline may not be considered. A complete application consists of Valley Scholars application and recommendation letter from a teacher, guidance counselor or other administrative school district employee.
The Valley Scholars Program selects participants based on the following criteria
  • Eligibility based on program requirements 
  • Evaluation of the candidate's application
  • Recommendation letter
  • Overall academic record taking into consideration special circumstances such as grade trend during middle school, or family circumstances that may impact academic performance.
  • Applicant interview and discussion about the program with the selection committee. This interview will occur on a school day for selected applicants.

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