Supporting Bright Futures

Since the Foundation’s student aid program began in 1923, generous donors have connected with promising students to invest in their shared value of education.

We manage over 130 scholarship funds that assist students from Forsyth, Davidson, Davie, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin Counties with more than $1.2 million in annual support. Scholarships are available in a wide range of areas, helping pave the way to higher education for almost 600 students each year.


October 1, 2020: FAFSA opens
December 15, 2020:
One-Stop WSF Scholarship Application opens
March 15, 2021: deadline for most WSF merit-based scholarships
July 1, 2021: deadline for WSF financial need-based scholarships

Important Information on FAFSA

In order to be considered for most WSF scholarships, you must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at*  

*Students who are unable to complete the FAFSA (such as non-citizens without a green card or permanent status) are still eligible to apply through the WSF scholarship portal after December 15.  

Need help or more information on how to fill out the FAFSA?  Visit


Most of our scholarships are accessed through a One-Stop Scholarship Application. This means that you will be automatically considered for the scholarships for which you are eligible—with just one application. You’ll need to complete the application in full and provide supplemental materials. We’ll take it from there!

Here’s how the process works:

  1. For U.S. citizens, first complete the FAFSA at (For non-citizens, enter WSF portal after December 15 and follow instructions.)
  2. Access our One-Stop Scholarship Application. You will create an online account that will be accessible to you any time—so you can save your work and return to it later.
  3. Complete the General Application, as well as any other opportunities you are prompted to complete. Be sure to meet the firm deadlines noted above.
  4. Receive notification of your scholarship(s). Merit-based scholarship awards are communicated in May, while need-based scholarships are awarded throughout the summer. Notifications are made by letter and email.

Other Scholarships

In addition to our One-Stop Scholarships, we also have scholarships with outside selection processes. These opportunities will not be identified by the One-Stop Scholarship Application, and you must contact each scholarship committee or guidance office individually to inquire about their application process and deadlines.

Past Recipients

Did you receive a scholarship from the Foundation in the past and want to report back on your college successes or tell us your story?

We’d love to hear from you!

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Edna Barker
Student Aid Manager
(336) 604-5031
Daisy Rodriguez
Director, Student Aid
(336) 604-5030