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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
11827 Canon Blvd., Suite 101
Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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Ridley Foundation
An endowed trust that provides college scholarships.

 

An endowed trust that provides college scholarships.
 

Click here for a list of 2017 Ridley Foundation scholarship recipients.
 

Click here for an Application Form

Click here for RE-application guidelines and application form.


Through the great generosity and charity of Miss Roberta Ridley, an endowed trust was established many years ago to provide financial support for continuing education for qualified members of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Virginia and for residents of Southampton County and the City of Franklin. The Ridley Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees, members of which are appointed from churches in the Diocese, whose responsibilities include diligent oversight of the farm’s operations through professional managers, careful investment and management of the funds contained in the Trust, and painstaking evaluation of applications for scholarship assistance and the subsequent awarding of funds for continuing education to qualified individuals. Current requirements include (but are not limited to) a family income ceiling of $125,000 and a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) for the previous semester for new applicants starting in the fall semester of 2012. Those who have previously been awarded Ridley Scholarship Assistance with a 2.0 GPA minimum will continue under the rules in place at the time of their initial award.

The Board of Trustees meets twice yearly. The Annual Meeting in late July is to address any business before the Board and to consider the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee regarding new and/or continuing applications for scholarship assistance for the next academic year. The secondary meeting in February is held to verify continued qualification of first-semester grant recipients and to consider new applicants for the second semester.

Scholarships are based on academic excellence and financial need. In addition to the application forms and transcripts, students also submit tax records for themselves and/or their parents and letters of recommendation from the clergy of their parish.

Students are identified in the following categories: Southampton County residents, Franklin, Virginia residents, children of Episcopal clergy, children of diocesan employees, and lay Episcopal residents of the Diocese. Students must be accepted at an accredited college or university (in or out of the Commonwealth of Virginia) and be pursuing a full-time degree program. Scholarships are available for freshmen and students who have already begun their matriculation at a college. Although the guidelines focus on undergraduate education, there have been instances, when funds are available, where seminarians have received scholarships. Students who apply/re-apply in the spring will be considered for the entire school year. Students who apply/re-apply in the winter will be considered for only the spring semester. No application covers a period longer than one year. Over the years, many students have received Ridley scholarships throughout their college careers. Some families have more than one student receiving a scholarship.

The Ridley Foundation Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Southern Virginia encourages the youth, their sponsors, and priests to request or download applications so that the Diocese might assist deserving young people in earning their undergraduate degrees.
 

Last Published: March 1, 2017 10:49 AM