Smyth Promise Scholarship




Smyth Promise Scholarship provides full tuition and fees, to Virginia Highlands Community College OR Wytheville Community College, for all qualified residents who graduate from Smyth County Public Schools or attended home school, or private schools in Smyth County as a “last dollar” scholarship that is applied after all other scholarships, financial aid, and grants are awarded.


  1. All graduating Smyth County Public School students are eligible for the scholarship recipient’s first year. To continue funding for the student’s second year, recipients must have a 2.0 GPA.
  2. The Scholarship will cover five of six consecutive semesters after high school graduation. Students may begin as early as the Summer or Fall semester immediately following their graduation.
  3. Recipients may enroll in degree or workforce programs.
  4. Recipients are required to complete 10 hours of community service per semester at approved agencies (approved agencies will be listed, soon).
  5. The SMYTH PROMISE Scholarship will be available to any high school graduate of any Smyth County public, private, or home school, beginning with the Class of 2023. Students must have been a resident of Smyth County for the last two years.
  6. The required steps to complete before being considered for this grant are:
    • Apply to VHCC or WCC and complete all requirements of that application.
    • Complete the Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA).
    • Complete VHCC or WCC’s Scholarship Application (this scholarship will apply to the PROMISE Scholarship and to all other scholarships).
    • Register for Classes.

Other Applicant Requirements and Information

  1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident
  2. Books and supplies are not covered under the SMYTH PROMISE Scholarship, only tuition and fees

Scholarship recipients must have been a resident of Smyth County for the last two years and have completed their last two years of high school from one of these institutions:

  1. Chilhowie High School
  2. Marion Senior High School
  3. Northwood High School
  4. Homeschool or GED

Click here to go to Virginia Highlands Community College website for more information on Smyth Promise at VHCC.

Click here to go to Wytheville Community College website for more information on Smyth Promise at WCC.


Linda Helton and Mike Robinson with the Smyth County Community Foundation presented a matching grant to Mayor David Helms and the Marion Town Council for their project to upgrade Ogburn Park.

Support Smyth County Community Foundation

We appreciate your contribution to our scholarship and grant-making endowments.

If you would like to send a check instead, address it to Smyth County Community Foundation and include the scholarship or endowment name on the “For” line. Please mail your check to 1 Health Way, Marion, VA 24354​​​​.