• VUU is RVA Scholarships

    Applications are now being accepted for 50 FULL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS to Virginia Union University!

    VUU is RVA Program Overview

    Virginia Union University (VUU) has partnered with Richmond Public Schools (RPS) to provide 50 full scholarships to current RPS eighth-graders who successfully graduate from an RPS high school. The partnership will help solidify greater access to academic, economic, medical, cultural, and civic support to those who live in the Greater Richmond area.

    Ready to start the application? 

    Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 14th at 11:59pm.

    Application Assistance Sessions - We're Here to Help! 

    Students and families from any RPS middle school are welcome to participate in any of these application assistance sessions.

    • Boushall Middle School: Tuesday 4/16, 6:30-8:00pm
    • Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School: Thursday 5/2, 5:30-7:00pm
    • Binford Middle School: Tuesday 5/7, 5:30-7:00pm
    • Henderson Middle School: Monday 5/13, 5:30-7:00pm
    • Lucille Brown Middle School: Thursday 5/16, 5:30-7:00pm
    • MLK Middle School: Wednesday 5/22, 5:30-7:00pm
    • Albert Hill Middle School: Tuesday 5/28, 5:30-7:00pm
    • *New District-wide Session* - Boushall Middle School: Tuesday 6/4, 5:00-7:00pm
    • *New District-wide Session* - Binford Middle School: Wednesday 6/5, 5:00-7:00pm

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the application deadline?

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    The last day of school: June 14, 2019.

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  • Who is eligible for the scholarship?

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    Current RPS 8th grade students (including Technical and Specialty Schools).

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  • Why is this opportunity targeted towards 8th grade students?

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    When collaborating with Virginia Union University on this partnership, we jointly determined that we would focus on current 8th-grade students in order to help spark an interest in college at a crucial stage in youth development.

    For students who are selected for the scholarship, program offerings such as VUU alumnae mentors and regular visits to the campus will provide a clear pathway to success first in high school, then at VUU.

    Even for students who are not selected for the scholarship, having the opportunity to fill out the application and to think critically about how to make college a reality may help guide students who would otherwise not consider college a viable option at a critical time to be asking these questions.

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  • What if my student leaves Richmond Public Schools prior to graduating from college?

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    While we have high hopes that all selected participants will stay with RPS, VUU is committed to serving all students selected for this scholarship.

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  • Why only college? What about technical and trades training?

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    This is just the beginning! We’re also working to secure scholarships for trades/apprenticeship programs in everything from welding and landscaping to cosmetology and health sciences.

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  • Will there be a waiting list?

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    Yes! Just in case students drop out, we will be maintaining a waiting list for students who are selected as finalists. Those applicants will be notified of this status after the application process.

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  • Still have questions?

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    Reach out to RPS Community Partnerships Coordinator, Grady Hart, at ghart@rvaschools.net.

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    “Virginia Union University has been a fixture in this community for 153 years. We are committed to expanding our footprint by reaching beyond our campus and providing greater access and resources to all of our neighbors,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President, Virginia Union University.

    “This partnership is significant because it allows us to grow. We are already providing healthcare options for adults and children in our area with limited access to medical services, while also offering opportunities for a college education to students who are academically inclined but, worried about the financial implications.”