June 2, 2019 Williamsburg, Va. – The Williamsburg-James City County Scholarship Fund at the Williamsburg Community Foundation awarded 66 scholarships to graduating seniors of Lafayette, Jamestown, and Warhill High Schools at a reception on June 2nd at Lafayette High School. The Scholarship Fund awarded a total of $90,275 – the largest amount ever awarded, including 19 new scholarships this year.
Scholarships are made possible by contributions from individuals, businesses, high school parent-teacher-student associations, and civic groups. 2019 marks the 45th Anniversary of the WJCC Scholarship Fund. Established in 1974 as the Lafayette Education Fund, the WJCC Scholarship Fund is a community-wide effort to recognize the accomplishments of local students as they graduate from high school and support their further educational achievements.
“We feel that scholarships are our way of investing in our nation’s future,” said Wilma Sharp, chair of the W-JCC Scholarship Committee. The 13-member, all-volunteer committee is comprised of local individuals who oversee the annual fundraising campaign, application and awards for the W-JCC Scholarship Fund.
Each scholarship, for $1,000 or more, supports the students’ post-high school educational pursuits. Scholarships were awarded in consideration of these factors: curriculum difficulty, class rank, extra-curricular activities, application essay, and financial need. In 2019, nearly half of scholarships awarded included criteria with a preference for a student with financial need or a student who is the first in his/her family to go to college. See this year’s scholarship recipients.
Click here to learn more about the WJCC Scholarship Fund.