The DSLCC Educational Foundation has announced the availability of over 100 scholarship opportunities, utilizing an online scholarship application for the first time in the Foundation’s history.

The transition to an online platform will increase student accessibility and streamline the application process.

“Over time, we anticipate a larger number of applicants, due to the increased accessibility and decreased investment of time for students in going through the application process.  Ultimately, this will yield an even more qualified applicant pool,” said Donna Vaughn, Foundation Board President and Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee.

In addition to more than 100 traditional scholarship opportunities, students may also apply for acceptance into the need-based Dabney Promise Program, which covers full tuition, up to 15 credits per semester, and also provides a book stipend.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships and for the Dabney Promise Program; applications are due on April 3 for the 2017-2018 academic year. All DSLCC students and prospective DSLCC students are welcome to apply, including graduating high school and home-schooled seniors, continuing students at Dabney, and non-traditional students (those who did not pursue college studies immediately following high school). The application may be found at  Please note that applicants must first apply to Dabney to obtain a Dabney user name and password, which will be used to log in to the scholarship platform. In addition, the Foundation Office will correspond with prospective scholarship recipients via their Dabney email accounts, so it is necessary for prospective scholarship recipients to regularly monitor the accounts.

Since its inception in 1980, the DSLCC Educational Foundation – due to its most generous donors – has awarded more than 1,100 student scholarships, worth more than $1.7 million, to students from Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River, Parry McCluer and Rockbridge County high schools, as well as non-traditional and continuing students at DSLCC. Last year alone, the Foundation awarded $225,000 to approximately 100 scholarship students.

Vaughn continued, “We are delighted to help provide educational access for so many students in our service area through the scholarship program. Our scholarships provide financial relief, especially considering Dabney’s affordability; in many cases, a DSLCC scholarship will cover anywhere from half to all of the year’s tuition. Even more importantly, our scholarships encourage our students by illustrating our belief in their abilities and the promise of their futures.”

Established as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation exists solely to support and promote Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. The Educational Foundation’s primary focus is to keep education affordable through the awarding of student scholarships and to provide students the support they need to achieve their goals. The Foundation also supports the college through the purchase of enhanced technology and classroom equipment and assists in funding innovative programming.

To obtain more information regarding the Foundation and scholarship opportunities, or to make a donation, contact Foundation Director Rachael Thompson at 863-2837 or via email at