For many years, AREF has provided scholarship assistance to graduates of Arlington Virginia high schools. We currently award a grant of $10,000, disbursed over eight college semesters, to a deserving high school senior selected on a competitive basis. At any given time four students are studying with the help of AREF scholarships. As of 2019, awardees were studying at Georgetown University, Columbia University, William and Mary University and Dartmouth College. Many of these students are receiving substantial financial aid from their schools and other sources. AREF's $1,250 per semester is a cash grant that can be used for discretionary expenses such as transportation, clothing and incidentals.
The Foundation also offers the Arlington Rotary American Challenge Stipend in Memory of Audra Rafter. This award is aimed at fully funding one deserving graduate of the Arlington Community High School (an alternative high school) to complete two years's study at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Applicants for the stipend are competitively selected by the staff of Arlington Community High School, a fully-accredited alternative high school for students whose life circumstances have interrupted their schooling. Students must be age 16 or older, and the student body includes students who may be English language learners, older school-age and adult students working towards a high school diploma, and students who need a flexible school to accommodate work or family obligations. Specializing in credit recovery and dropout prevention, Arlington Community High School supports students in their goal of graduating from high school as well as planning individualized goals for future college and career pathways. Although students are responsible to the same course requirements, numbers of credits, and SOL assessment as students in other Arlington high schools, the school offers flexibility in the way and time frame in which students can earn a high school diploma.
We encourage students to fill out the Federal FAFSA Form and consider applying for Pell Grants if eligible. ARC does not reduce a scholarship or stipend when a student receives financial aid from other sources. This award can be used for discretionary expenses, not just tuition and books.