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      The 2023 SSSU Scholarship (The Cora J. Wright Scholarship)

Application Window is Now Open!

The Spotsylvania Sunday School Union’s (SSSU), Cora Jackson Wright Scholarship was established to assist all eligible students within the Spotsylvania Sunday School Union in obtaining funds to help with their educational aspirations. Spotsylvania Sunday School Union's scholarship has been ongoing since​​ the 1940’s.  The first donation awarded was

$5o.oo to our Past President, Mrs. Cleo Kay Coleman.  The Scholarship was named after Cora J. Wright, the wife of

educator and community leader Mr. John J. Wright, renowned educator and early President of the Union.   Mrs. Wright served faithfully as the Secretary of the Sunday School Union for many years.

The Spotsylvania Sunday School Union’s Scholarship program’s purpose is to acknowledge, encourage and reward the academic and vocational achievements of graduating High School Seniors of the SSSU member churches.  Our goal is to provide financial support to the students meeting our scholarship criteria who wish to pursue college or other post-secondary education including skilled training.   The deadline to mail it in will be June 10, 2023. The committee is encouraging all high school graduates to take advantage of this scholarship to help with their college education. The scholarship amount is $500.00 per graduate. Please visit our website: www:  to download your scholarship application.  - Trustee Brenda Dobbins, Scholarship Chair (  The application deadline is June 10, 2023.  Click the red button below to download a copy of the application 



On behalf of the Spotsylvania Sunday School Union's Scholarship Committee, along with President, Mr. Thomas Roberson, we extend our hearty congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Cora J. Wright Scholarship.


Congratulations to our previous 2020 Scholarship Winners

Mr. Arkese Claiborne  GPA 3.9                                                Mr. Robert Carter, Jr. GPA 3.7

                                             Mt. Hope Baptist Church                                                          Beulah Baptist Church  

                                      Will Attend Messiah University                                        Will Attend George Mason University






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Internship Opportunities, and Other Educational Resources





Click Links Below for More Scholarship Information





Announcing the Gladys P. Todd Academy

at Germanna Community College

Gladys P. Todd Academy


Gladys P. Todd Academy

Dr. Carleen Carey


The Germanna Gladys P. Todd Academy program is designed for underserved high school students in the City of Fredericksburg and the county of Spotsylvania to increase college preparation and completion at least through an associate degree at Germanna Community College, concurrent with a high school diploma.

The program will also provide support for selected middle school students to succeed in their precollege performance in middle and high schools through mentoring, coaching, and academic and cultural enrichment activities.

Underserved student populations as defined for this program include first-generation college students with

financial need. Tuition, fees, books and program costs will be supported by the Sunshine Lady Foundation and the Germanna Community College Foundation along with community partners. Volunteers will be solicited to serve as mentors, coaches, and chaperones.

This proposal design for the Germanna Gladys P. Todd Academy will include the following highlights:

  • An annual cohort of up to 25 students from James Monroe High and Spotsylvania High School will study for an associate degree in general studies at the Fredericksburg Area Campus at Germanna Community College, concurrent with their study for an advanced diploma in high school, designed to prepare high school students

       for college

  • Participating students will work with mentors and coaches to be academically prepared and remain on track

       for completion of the associate degree

  • Academic support will include access to tutoring services, summer bridge programs, service learning, reading

       and writing workshops, communications workshops, and career advising

  • Cultural enrichment activities will include field trips, university visits, career advising with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), community service, and selected cultural events

  • Parent workshops

  • Financial support for tuition, fees, and books for eligible students

  • Service learning projects in the local communities

  • Customized program blazers and T-shirts

  • Mentoring and academic and cultural enrichment for middle school and high school potential candidates

Germanna has already successfully launched an early college program for a cohort of 25 students in Culpeper County, supported by generous donor contributions from the community. This program is open to all students but provides a full scholarship for up to five students. No similar program exists in the City of Fredericksburg or other counties in Germanna’s service region.






Germanna Community College Dual Enrollment Program


Did you know that high school students may earn college credit at their own high school?  Well they can through Germanna Community College's Dual Enrollment Program which allows them to get an early start on their college education.  Successfully completed dual enrollment courses are awarded high school and college credits and offer a convenient way complete high school while advancing the student's academic career while saving money for college.


Through this program students are exposed to college-level academics but instructors are high school teachers equipped with credentials to teach college-level studies.  To find out more, students should consult their guidance counselors to

find out what classes are currently offered and they may contact


General Educational Development (GED)

Preparation Class Information

The GED program is developed to offer adults without a high school diploma a second chance to earn a credential that is across America regarded as the equivalency to a high school diploma. Having a GED diploma opens employment opportunities and other avenues for academic advancement.  

The GED program is developed to offer adults without a high school diploma a second chance to earn a credential that is across America regarded as the equivalency to a high school diploma. The GED test comes with four individual sub-tests that don’t need to be taken in a row. You have two years to deal with the tests that are on the subject areas of Social Studies (90 min), Science (90 min), Mathematical Reasoning (Math – 115 min), and Reasoning through Language Arts (Literacy – 150 min). The passing score is 145 points per tests after GED Testing Service brought back the minimum score

to 145 in January 2016.  If you need more information or assistance in obtaining this important document, please click

GED in the box below.

Davidson Young Scholars for Gifted Students

The Davidson Young Scholars program provides FREE services designed to nurture and support profoundly gifted young people and their families, including talent development and educational advocacy, an online community, annual get-togethers and the Ambassador Program. Applications are due the first of each month. For more information, see the

How to Apply and Qualification Criteria pages.





Get a Free Paying for College $tudent Resource Guide


     U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Congressional District 34-California  publishes an  annual scholarship listing annually called, Paying for College: Student Resource Guide.  The current listing is located at:
 List of Scholarships


Nationwide ( -- The new year is here, and it's time for students to get back to work. This year, more than $50 billion dollars will be given away in scholarships, and many of these programs have deadlines that are fast-approaching.  Scholarships are free monetary gifts that can be used to pay for college tuition, books, and boarding. Most scholarship programs require students to excel in academics, sports, or in an essay competition.  

Do not wait or the opportunity may be lost.  Please go to: 

for more information.


To search and apply for hundreds of other scholarships, visit






The Department of State's 

Internship Program 










Sign up to receive alerts about upcoming internships!



To learn more about other opportunities in the United Nations and other international organizations, please visit


John J. Wright Alumni Scholarship 












Announcing Rewarding Opportunities Available

Throught the Government's Scholarship for Service Program


Individuals seeking a cyber or any computer major.  The Government will send him or her to college, pay for their degree up to a masters degree, then hire them through this program.  We have hired through this program.  Students coming straight out of college average $75,000 salaries as a cyber professional.


The website to visit is


It's called Scholarships for service. Have your student check with his or her college administration to see if their school is participating in this program, if not, they can sign up or partner with other institutions.  Some local schools that are participating are George Mason University, University of Maryland, Virginia and so on..


CyberCorps (R): Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, participants receive stipends of $22,500 for undergraduate students and $34,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.


Free Online Courses










If you desire a free education and have the motivation, you will be able to change your future by enrolling in free online training.  According to an article, I recently read that included the top 10 Sites to go to for Information about Massive

Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which I am sharing below:

  • Udemy Free Courses  ( – Udemy is an example of a site allows anyone to build or take online courses.  Udemy’s site exclaims, “Our goal is to disrupt and democratize education by enabling anyone to learn from the world’s experts.” The New York Timesreported that Udemy, “recently announced a new Faculty Project, in which award-winning professors from universities like Dartmouth, the University of Virginia and Northwestern offer free online courses. Its co-founder, Gagen Biyani, said the site has more than 100,000 students enrolled in its courses, including several, outside the Faculty Project, that charge fees.”

  • ITunesU Free Courses  ( )– Apple’s free app “gives students access to

  • all the materials for courses in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations.”

  • Stanford Free Courses (  -  From Quantum Mechanics to The Future of the Internet, Stanford offers a variety of free courses. Stanford’s – Introduction to Artificial Intelligence was highly successful. According to, “160000 students from 190 countries signed up to Stanford’s Introduction to AI” course, with 23000 reportedly completing.”  Check out Stanford’s Engineering Everywhere link.

  • UC Berkeley Free Courses   (– From General Biology to Human Emotion, Berkley offers a variety of courses.  Check out: Berkeley Webcasts and Berkeley RSS Feeds.

  • MIT Free Courses (   – Check out MIT’s RSS MOOC feed.  Also see:  MIT’s Open Courseware.

  • Duke Free Courses  ( – Duke offers a variety of courses on ITunesU.

  • Harvard Free Courses (  – From Computer Science to Shakespeare, students may now get a free Harvard education. “Take a class for professional development, enrichment, and degree credit. Courses run in the fall, spring, or intensive January session. No application is required.”

  • UCLA Free Courses (  – Check out free courses such as their writing program that offers over 220 online writing courses each year.

  • Yale Free Courses ( – At Open Yale, the school offers “free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.”

  • Carnegie Mellon Free Courses (– Carnegie Mellon boosts “No instructors, no credits, no charge.”


These are just a few opportunities because more free training sites appear each day.  I, your webmaster, taught myself how to develop this website by taking free online courses.  If I can do it, I know that you can do it too.  Having said that, remember that you have no excuse not to expand and improve your life in 2020!  


We look forward to hearing from you soon.....



Germanna Community College Workforce Credentials Grant (WCG)


Tuition assistance is now available for individuals in select Workforce programs through the Workforce Credential

Grant (WCG).  Eligible students who enroll in and successfully complete one of the following *WCG approved programs 

pay only one-third of the class tuition for the  following programs:

  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

  • IT Essentials 1: PC/A+ Cert

  • Core Craft Skills

  • Asphalt Field Level 1

  • Asphalt Field Level 2

  • Asphalt Plant Level 1

  • Asphalt Plant Level 2

  • Asphalt Surface Treatment

For more information and to apply, please go to:


More  Scholarships Designed for Minority Applicants

#1 – Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: This program is for minority high school students in the United States. In addition to a financial grant, the foundation also provides its scholars with mentoring and leadership development opportunities, and internships.


For more details, visit

#2 – Fund II Foundation United Negro College Fund (UNCF) STEM Scholars Program: This program is open to African American students pursuing careers in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Scholars Program includes scholarships, internships, mentoring and other tools to help African American students reach their goals.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $20,000.

For more details, visit

#3 – National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships: These scholarships are offered to African American students interested in a career in journalism. The scholarship is for high school students and undergraduate college students who are planning to enroll or currently enrolled in college full-time and majoring in journalism.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $2,500.


For more details, visit

#4 – Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded each year to high school students and college students. Interested students may apply by writing an essay about African-Americans who have inspired them. Regions Bank awards 32 scholarships each year, two in each region where the bank has branches.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $5,000.

For more details, visit

#5 – Jerry Malloy Negro Baseball League Scholarship: This program is open to high school seniors who plan to attend college and work towards a college degree. Two scholarships will be awarded to the students who write the most compelling essay on a topic pertaining to Negro League baseball.  The deadline for this scholarship is usually in MARCH of each year, and the award amount is usually $2,500.

For more details, visit

#6 – Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships: These scholarships are offered to outstanding black high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. High-school seniors of African descent may apply (for example, African American, Caribbean, African, etc).

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in MARCH of each year, and the award amount is usually $5,000.

For more details, visit


For more scholarships, visit









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The United Negro College Fund  Scholarships are Now Open.  Go to the Link:

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