VGEA Scholarship Program

One of the outstanding benefits of VGEA membership is our Scholarship Program.

Since 2011, $10,000 in scholarships have been awarded annually to active and retired members, their spouses, or their children and grandchildren.

The application process begins in December each year and is overseen by the Scholarship Committee of the Board of Directors. Awards are announced in April or May and then checks are sent to each winner’s selected college/university for the following fall semester. The VGEA formally recognizes the winners at its annual general membership meeting held each September in Richmond. Press releases will also be sent to each scholar’s hometown newspaper.

Because the number of applicants (maximum of 100 accepted) greatly exceeds the amount of available funds, the Scholarship Committee has established eligibility and selection criteria that are detailed below.

VGEA awards four annual scholarships each in the amount of $2,500 for the next fall semester.


  • To be eligible, you need to either be a VGEA member, spouse, child or grandchild of a member.  The member needs to have been a VGEA member in good standing for a full year prior to the application date.
  • Members of the VGEA Board of Directors, VGEA employees and contractors, as well as their spouses, children and grandchildren are not eligible.
  • Previous VGEA scholarship winners are not eligible.
  • As mentioned above, only the first 100 applications received will be accepted.

Application Packet must include:

  • Application Form that is completely filled out. (2018 deadline has passed. This is last year’s form for your information.)
  • One letter from a supervisor or teacher and one personal reference (non-family member) each no longer than two pages double spaced.
  • An essay that is no longer than two pages double spaced on the topic specified on application form.
  • A clear headshot (head and shoulders photo) and a short bio (click here to see a sample).
  • Candidates may also be asked to participate in an interview with a member of the VGEA Board of Directors.

Guidelines and Procedures:

  • Candidates must attend a college or university, or technical institution accredited by the State Council on Higher Education (SCHEV accredited) or another state’s equivalent. The applicant does not have to reside in or attend a school in Virginia. He or she needs only to be the spouse, child or grandchild of a VGEA member in good standing for at least one year.
  • Candidates must submit the entire application packet all at one time with name on each page to be considered as an applicant.
  • Each application packet submitted must be formatted in MS Word or as a PDF.
  • Once notified that you are a winner your social security number must be given to VGEA for college accounting purposes.
  • Scholarships will be awarded in the spring for each fall semester. After scholarship winners are notified, their names, photos and short bios will be included in the VGEA Newsletter and on the website as well as in the their local newspapers. The awarded recipients are invited to the September VGEA Annual Meeting for award presentation.
  • Scholarships awarded will be mailed directly to the college financial aid office.
  • VGEA does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability.

For more information, please contact the VGEA Office at 877-302-7146 toll-free or email


What VGEA Members Are Saying:

  • This organization (VGEA) provides highest quality support for active and retired public employees…

    Dan Moon
  • VGEA is our Voice in Richmond!

    Judy Franklin
  • VGEA is Your Connection that has the strength of numbers and influence to demand that our issues are addressed.

    April Mela
  • I’m impressed with the VGEA’s General Assembly accomplishments, particularly in the last few years.

    Terry Alfred
  • Thank you, VGEA, for all you do for State employees. Your effort and dedication are much appreciated.

    Jayne Fanshaw, Longwood University
  • VGEA is wonderful and has our best interests at heart…it is truly the voice of the people.

    Joan Stromberg, ABC
  • Thank you, (VGEA) you do a great job representing us! 

    Karen Poff
  • The cellphone discounts I’ve gotten through VGEA have probably been enough to pay my association dues for the rest of my life!

    L.F., Department of Corrections
  • “I saved $200 this year just by changing to Liberty Mutual for car insurance. That’s how much the VGEA insurance discount was – twice my dues!”

    J. L. Stone
  • Great organization and I’m proud to be a member. VGEA worked tirelessly to ensure state employees received a 3% raise this year and not tied to revenue projections. VGEA is our voice to state government. I wish more state employees would join, there is strength in numbers.

    Carolyn Bethea

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