Most of the students who attend Bluefield State College, 70 percent, are first-generation college students, the first in their families to attend an institution of higher learning. Approximately 80 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships that are provided primarily by generous individuals and local businesses.
Endowed scholarships benefit students for perpetuity, and many are created to honor an individual whose life was dedicated to education. One of Bluefield State College Foundation’s most recent endowments was established in memory of Greg Shrewsberry, a former employee of the College who passed away in 2008 at the age of 46. Greg’s family and friends provided the funds to benefit graduates of Bluefield High School who are active in community service, as Greg was.
(as of Fall 2012)
Students also have to pay for housing, textbooks and living expenses, and those in the health professions and engineering also have lab fees. For many, these costs are beyond their means and would prevent them from furthering their education to pursue careers in professional fields.
Scholarships open the door to a better life for these students, their families and their communities that benefit from an educated, productive work force.
Bluefield State College provides scholarships to these students through the Annual Fund and Endowments. By making a gift to these funds through the Bluefield State College Foundation, you are directly contributing to a healthy future for our students and their communities.
|BSC Annual Scholarships|
|CONSOL Energy Scholarship||Awarded to full-time students majoring in Engineering Technology programs with a demonstrated interest in careers in the mining industry. Minimum 2.5 GPA required.|
|Credit Bureau of the Virginias Scholarship||Awarded to residents of 9-county area surrounding Bluefield State who have financial need and a GPA of 2.0 or better.|
|Tom & Janie Farmer Scholarship||Four scholarships are given to graduates of Mercer County's four high schools: Bluefield, Princeton, Montcalm and Pikeview. Must demonstrate financial need and ability to succeed in college.|
|Foundation Scholarships||Given at discretion of the President and Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.|
|William Hight Scholarship||Annual scholarship award based on financial need.|
|Philip Horton Scholarship||Awarded to African-American students enrolled in math and science programs.|
|Joy Mining Scholarship||Awarded to students in Engineering Technology with an interest in underground mining. Must maintain a 3.0 GPA and earn at least 30 credits per year.|
|Sieglinde Lawson Scholarship||Awarded to students transferring from Wytheville Community College or from Bland or Wythe counties.|
|Massey Scholarship||Given to residents of southern West Virginia, southwestern Virginia or eastern Kentucky with a GPA of 3.0 or better and a demonstrated interest in coal mining or working in a coal mining area.|
|Neighborhood Investment Program Scholarship||Awarded to West Virginians whose income is 125% or less of the federal poverty level and who demonstrate an ability to succeed in higher education.|
|Rotary Scholarship||Annual scholarship given by the Rotary Club of Bluefield, West Virginia.|