The Belong! Scholarship Fund

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The Belong! Scholarship Fund has been established to help economically disadvantaged students imagine a future that includes further education after high school. These scholarships offer up to $5,000 per student for one year of post-secondary tuition assistance towards an Associate Degree at Northern Virginia Community College ("NVCC") or a Certificate Program as part of a trade or technical school (including Adult and Community Education Certificate Programs). The scholarships are renewable, and only available for students who have just graduated or graduated within the past 3 years from James Madison High School (“JMHS”) provided they meet all eligibility requirements. 

Belong! Scholarship Fund Spring 2022 Winners

Belong! is pleased to announce the three Belong! Scholarship Fund recipients for 2022.

  • Celvin Aragon will attend NOVA to become an air conditioning technician.

  • Halisson Serrano will attend NOVA to study business management and nursing. 

  • Parsa Sarviha attends NOVA and will continue studying business administration in his second year. He also received a scholarship from Belong! Last year.

Please join us in congratulating our 2022 scholarship awardees! We wish both of them educational, professional, and personal success!


First Time Applicant's Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintained a GPA of at least a 2.5 while at JMHS.

  • Current Senior or former student of JMHS (Graduated within the past 3 years from JMHS).

  • Plan to enroll part time or full-time at NVCC or an accredited trade or technical school for the 2022-2023 academic year.

  • Is not in default, or does not owe a refund, under any federal or state loan or grant program.

  • Agree to meet with a Belong! Scholarship advisor at least twice per semester and attend tutoring sessions if struggling.

  • Provides one letter of recommendation from a school teacher or counselor. Please have your teacher or counselor email the letter directly to

  • Provide Belong! unofficial copies of JMHS transcript within fourteen (14) days of notification from Belong!

  • Demonstrate financial need through submission of a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or

  • IF ineligible to complete the FAFSA, you must submit EFC Calculator Results: Go to and under “Pay for College”, click on “Tools and Calculators”, then click the “EFC Calculator” link.  Use the “Federal Methodology” (FM) EFC Formula when prompted.  Print the EFC “Results” page.

Second Year Applicant's Eligibility Requirements

  • Meet all initial and continuing eligibility requirements as stated previously.

  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA per semester (please provide a copy of grades to Belong!). 

  • Maintain part-time or full-time enrollment at NVCC or an accredited trade or technical school.

  • Register only for courses that satisfy the degree or program completion course requirements.

Applications for the Belong! Scholarship Fund can be downloaded here: The Belong! Scholarship Fund Application.

Completed application deadline (including recommendation letter): Will be determined at the beginning of 2023