VCF Grant Brings Scholarships to BC
Students at Bluefield College will have access to even more financial aid this year, thanks to a $121,416 grant from the Virginia College Fund.

VCF Grant Brings Scholarships to BC

By Chris Shoemaker | July 18, 2012 | RSS


Bluefield College students now have access to more financial aid, thanks to a grant for $121,000 from the Virgina College Fund.

Established in 1965, the Virginia College Fund was created to help Virginia’s private colleges and universities provide affordable educational opportunities for its students. One such way is through the presentation of grants to its five member schools, including Bluefield College.


“We’re grateful for the support of the Virginia College Fund and for the many ways in which it makes BC’s quality Christian education more accessible to students of this region,” said Bluefield College vice president for advancement Ruth Blankenship. “This year’s grant will be used for student scholarships and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance projects on campus.”


During its annual meeting in Roanoke in June, the Virginia College Fund (VCF) distributed grants of $713,638 to its five member schools, including the $121,416 to BC. During its history, the VCF has raised more than $18 million for its members and students. Three-quarters of the funds raised are divided equally among the five schools -- Bluefield College, Averett University, Ferrum College, Eastern Mennonite University and Virginia Intermont College -- and the remaining amount is divided based on full-time enrollment.


“The vast majority of that money has been used for financial aid for needy, worthy Virginia students,” said Blankenship. “Literally thousands of students have been enabled to pursue their dreams for a better life through a college degree because of this help.”


Virginia College Fund schools, like Bluefield College, serve a unique demographic with 75 percent of attendees being Virginia residents, 30 percent minorities, 30 percent among the first generation in their families to attend college, and 49 percent from low to moderate income households.


For more information about Bluefield College scholarships made possible through the VCF, please contact the BC Financial Aid Office by phone at 276-326-4604 or by e-mail at


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