Arlington Community Foundation Opens Application to Local Students for Scholarship Support
Application is open now for students to compete for more than $400,000 in student aid
Newly created scholarship in memory of disability rights advocate Tony Young already making a difference for students
Arlington, Virginia, December 2020—The Arlington Community Foundation launched its 2021 scholarship application today, providing Arlington high school students with an opportunity to compete for more than $400,000 in student aid. A single, common application gives students an easy way to apply for an award from more than 45 individual scholarship funds, each with their own unique criteria, ranging in size from $1,000 to $5,000. Several of the awards are renewable.
One of the many awards that will be given this year include the Tony Young Memorial Scholarship. This past spring, the first award from a newly established scholarship in memory of Young supported a Wakefield High School student, and that student is thriving at George Mason despite the logistical difficulties of attending college during a pandemic.
Tony’s widow, Kathy Cameron, established this award to support local students with disabilities. She and her son feel it is a perfect way to honor Tony’s memory and legacy of assisting others with disabilities to achieve their educational goals and to live a life with meaning and purpose. They think he would be proud to see the good that is being done in his name today.
“Tony was a tireless advocate for persons with disabilities and devoted his professional career to improving federal and state programs and services so that persons like him could live with dignity, purpose and as much independence as possible,” said Cameron. “He believed persons with disabilities had the right to the same opportunities as non-disabled individuals. Throughout his career, he felt an obligation to mentor persons with disabilities to be self-advocates and informed about disability policy issues. This scholarship is one effective way to extend his life’s work.”
Many scholarship funds were created by caring community members interested in supporting children and education while also memorializing or honoring loved ones. Some awards are for students with financial need, academic merit or community service, others for students who have overcome difficulties, and still others for specific studies.
“Each and every student who completes high school should have a chance to continue their education, and we want to see as many of our local students apply for an award as possible to make that goal attainable,” said Jennifer Owens, Arlington Community Foundation president and CEO. “We are deeply grateful to our many donors and community partners who generously support the Foundation’s scholarships, as well as the dozens of volunteers who review the applications to help us make good decisions about these awards.”
Each scholarship award is made possible by the generosity of numerous individuals, families, businesses and organizations who have established named scholarship funds or provided gifts to our Community Scholarship Fund. For information on how you can start a new scholarship fund or contribute to an existing scholarship fund to help deserving Arlington students attend college, please call 703-243-4785 or email email@example.com.
About ACF: The Arlington Community Foundation was established in 1991 to serve as a permanent community endowment built by the gifts and charitable legacies of individuals, families and businesses for the betterment of Arlington County. As a grant maker, convener and sponsor of special initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the needs of Arlingtonians, and address the most critical issues of our time to ensure that our community provides opportunity for everyone. Learn more at www.arlcf.org.