skip navigation

VAWA's College Scholarship Fund - Now Accepting Applications

By VAWA, 02/01/16, 3:15PM EST


College bound HS seniors are encouraged to apply

Richmond, VA - The Virginia Wrestling Association (VAWA) and the Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia are pleased to announce that the Dick Glover Virginia Wrestling Scholarship Fund has been approved and applications are now being accepted.  The first recipients will be high school students that are graduating this spring and heading to a college or university in the fall.

The purpose of the Glover Scholarship is to award a deserving college bound student who has been successful and active contributors in the classroom, their local communities and an active member of the Virginia wrestling community.  An NCAA study conducted in 2013 showed that NCAA wrestling produces more first generation college students than any other NCAA sport.  The Virginia Wrestling Association felt compelled to help deserving Virginians earn their undergraduate degree.  VAWA is believed to be the first USA Wrestling state association to establish a merit based college scholarship.  This scholarship is for any high school wrestler who is going on to college. 

Last year the Foundation awarded over $380,000 to students across the Commonwealth.  We hope your students will take advantage of this and other scholarship opportunities made possible by the Community Foundation.


The Dick Glover Virginia Wrestling Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 for the purpose of supporting academic and athletic pursuits of young wrestlers.  This will be done through post-secondary educational scholarships for qualifying graduates of public or private high Schools in Virginia, attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year community college, college or university in the United States.

A teacher, coach, and mentor, Dick Glover dedicated his life to mentoring student athletes as a high school wrestling coach at the Woodberry Forest School and the Blue Ridge School.  Coach Glover is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (Virginia Chapter) and founder of the Virginia Independent School Wrestling Association.  His teams won 25 league championships, 13 state championships, and a National Prep Championship.  


An eligible student must be a graduating high school senior of a public or private high school in Virginia.

An eligible student must be, or must have been, an active member of Virginia Wrestling Association (VAWA) during their high school years.

An eligible student must be a candidate for high school graduation at the end of the current academic year, and plan to enroll in an accredited 2-year or 4-year community college, college or university in the continental United States the following academic year.

An eligible student must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, community commitment, and financial need.

How Winners Are Chosen

  • Academic achievement will be evaluated based on grade point average and test scores (SAT and/or ACT).
  • Financial need will be evaluated on the basis of the completed Statement of Financial Need and information regarding pending scholarship applications, if any.
  • Leadership in school activities and community service evaluated on the basis of the student's extracurricular involvement, academic standing, honors and awards, and involvement in the community through public service.
  • Response to personal statement.

Personal Statement Topic: Share about one or more relationships that have positively shaped you during your high school career.

Timeline - March 3rd Deadline

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted online and are due to the Foundation on or before March 3, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Please encourage students to request transcripts and letters of recommendation well in advance of the deadline as we will not be able to offer deadline extensions due to inclement weather.

What are Community Foundations

Community foundations are tax-exempt public charities serving thousands of people who share a common interest—improving the quality of life in their area.

Individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create permanent charitable funds that help their region meet the challenges of changing times. The foundation invests and administers these funds.

All community foundations are overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals with expertise in identifying their communities’ needs.

In the United States, community foundations serve tens of thousands of donors, administer more than $31 billion in charitable funds, and address the core concerns of nearly 700 communities and regions.

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce 2016 scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors, recent high school graduates and adult learners.  We have approximately 60 different scholarship funds available.  Eligibility criteria (which is unique to each scholarship) and application information can be accessed on the Foundation’s website:

To learn more about the Glover Scholarship, click on the link below:

Dick Glover Virginia Wrestling Scholarship Fund