UVA Wise to offer more than 100 full-tuition scholarships

UVA Wise to offer more than 100 full-tuition scholarships

WISE, Va. - Future college students in our area could receive a free four-year degree thanks to a $20 million endowment. The University of Virginia's College at Wise is offering more than 100 full-tuition scholarships beginning in the fall of 2018.

"I think for us it's a game changer," Rusty Necessary, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life said. "I think that any admissions director in my position would be ecstatic by the generosity of the Smith family foundation."

Three scholarship programs will be created, one focusing on local students. Many of the scholarships come with a community service requirement.

Half the money was donated by longtime donor Hunter Smith and is matched by the school's Bicentennial Fund.

"We want to increase access," Chancellor Donna Henry said. "One of the issues that many of our students say they have is being able to afford a college education, and this will give them the opportunity to come to school and not have to worry about debt."

UVA Wise is now taking applications for the new scholarships on its website. Some of the money will also be available to fund research and study abroad opportunities.

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