Moton Family Challenge Scholarship

Moton Family Challenge Scholarship Application Information

The Moton Family Challenge seeks to award two $2500 merit-based, renewable scholarships to college-bound high school seniors who are direct lineal descendants of students affected by the public school closings in Prince Edward County, Virginia, between 1959 and 1964. Applicants need not currently reside in Prince Edward County to be eligible for the scholarship.

Deadline for applications: March 31, 2018


To be considered eligible for the Moton Family Challenge Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a direct lineal descendant of a student(s) who was denied a public education, refused vouchers for a local education, and/or was displaced by the public school closings in Prince Edward County, Virginia, between 1959 and 1964.
  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior with plans to enter an accredited two-year community college or four-year college or university in the fall semester following graduation.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).


To apply for the Moton Family Challenge Scholarship, students must submit the following:

  • A completed application form click here for application.
  •  A 500-750 word essay (double-spaced, 12-point font) addressing the following topic – The closing of all public schools in Prince Edward County from 1959 to 1964 had a profound impact on families in this community.  In what ways was your family affected by the school closings? How has this history influenced your own choices about education?  [upload to the application form] 
  • Unofficial high school transcript [upload to the application form]
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a teacher in your current high school. Letter should address applicant’s academic ability, work habits, character, and potential for success in college. Letters of recommendation may be uploaded to the application form or mailed to the following address:

Moton Family Challenge Scholarship Committee
Robert Russa Moton Museum
P.O. Box 908
Farmville, VA 23901


Scholarship applications will be evaluated and ranked based on the following point system:

Application Responses                                                                         10 points
Essay                                                                                                    50 points
Transcript (GPA, level of difficulty of academic program)                      20 points
Letters of Recommendation                                                                  20 points



  • Scholarship recipients will be notified of the award no later than May 31, 2017.
  • To confirm their place as a scholarship recipient, students should submit a copy of their final high school transcript and their college or university acceptance letter to the scholarship committee by July 1, 2017.
  • Award of the scholarship is contingent on the student earning a minimum grade point average of 2.7 in the first semester of university work.
  • Students should submit an unofficial college transcript with the first semester college grades to the scholarship committee at conclusion of the first semester.
  • Scholarship checks will be disbursed and made payable to recipients after receipt of the unofficial college transcript.
  • In order to remain eligible to renew the scholarship, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Students should submit an unofficial transcript after the fall semester of each year to confirm renewal of the scholarship. Scholarship checks will be disbursed to recipients after receipt of the unofficial college transcript.
  • The scholarships are renewable to full-time students for up to three years after the first award or upon recipient’s graduation with a bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.


Contact Cainan Townsend, Director of Education and Public Programs, at or 434-315-8775 ext 3