Scholarship Application

Scholarship Criteria

Piankatank Ruritan Club awards annual scholarships to graduating seniors of Mathews High School or Mathews County Home School program.  We offer three scholarships. Two scholarships will be awarded to students who have been accepted to either a four-year College/University or 2 year Community College and the third scholarship to a student who has been accepted to a Trade/Vocational School.

College/University Awards: $1000  for a 4 year University. $500 for a 4 yr college or 2 year Community College Program.  Funds will be paid directly to the school at the beginning of the school year.


Must define on their application which scholarship they are applying for.

Must be a 2021 graduating senior of Mathews High School or Home School Program in Mathews County.

Must be accepted by a college.

Grade point Average requirement:
3.0 GPA  for College/University applicants

Must have demonstrated community support by participating in extracurricular activities: Students must list these activities and explain their degree of participation and length service.

Community service.

Student must address need for scholarship funds including
expected family contribution figures.

Student must address their reason for the vocation that they are seeking.

Essay:  How will my college education help me better serve my community?

Must demonstrate good sentence structure, spelling and be at least 250 words.
typed, double-spaced on plain white paper

Application must be filled out clearly and legibly.

High school transcript or home school record.

Two letters of recommendation.  No form letters!

A recommendation may be obtained from:

School official: counselor, principal, teacher (only one).

Community leader.

Letters from present or former supervisor.

Each person providing a recommendation MUST state their name and relationship to the applicant.

FILING DEADLINE:  Returned to the School Counselors Office by May 15th 2021.      
Ruritan scholar 2020

2020 Scholarship Winners

Standing with club secretary, Tim Roscher are Caroline Bray winner of our $1500 scholarship and attending Liberty University.  Caroline Evans winner of our $1000 scholarship and attending Rappahannock Community College

2018 Scholarship Winners

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The Piankatank Ruritan Club presented the remaining two of the club’s three college scholarships at its August dinner meeting. Both recipients are 2018 graduates of Mathews High School. Emma Johnson, at left, was given a $1,500 scholarship and will be attending Bridgewater College. The club’s $600 scholarship was given to Chloe Sanderson, right, who will be attending Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The two are shown with Club Secretary, Tim Roscher.

2017 Scholarship Winners

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The Piankatank Ruritan Club awards $3,100 each year to deserving graduates of Mathews High School. From left, Jim Bradbury, scholarship chairman, is shown presenting a $1,000 award to Madelyn Johnson, who will be attending the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and a $600 award to Gracie West, who will be attending Rappahannock Community College, Glenns, Not shown is Ali Haynes, who was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from the club to attend Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. All three recipients are pursuing careers in the medical field.

2016 Scholarship Winners

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The Piankatank Ruritan Club presented $3,100 worth of scholarships July 20, 2016 to Mathews County students. Shown, from left, are Brian Owens of Susan, who received a $1,500 scholarship and will be attending Christopher Newport University, Newport News; Rachel Stewart of Hudgins, who received a $1,000 award and will be attending Liberty University, Lynchburg and Joshua Foster of Cobbs Creek, who received a $600 award and will be attending Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke. Jim Bradbury, club treasurer, also shown, presented the scholarship awards.