"LIVE SIMPLY. LOVE GENEROUSLY. CARE DEEPLY. SPEAK KINDLY. LEAVE THE REST TO GOD."
Linda Woodley, left with her friends Eutanaha Fluker and Anne Michie, volunteering her Saturday to help students complete the FAFSA.

Linda Woodley, left with her friends Eutanaha Fluker and Anne Michie, volunteering her Saturday to help students complete the FAFSA.

For nearly three decades, Linda H. Woodley focused her energy on expanding higher education opportunities to citizens of the Commonwealth and the nation. Her position as Director of Private and Out-of-State Postsecondary Education for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and extensive volunteer activities - including service to the Virginia College Access Network (VirginiaCAN), Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) and her church - earned her recognition as a tireless advocate for greater access to higher education.

With Linda’s untimely passing on January 10, 2013, admirers of her work rallied to find a means to celebrate and acknowledge her dedication and passion to this cause. In April 2013, the VirginiaCAN Board of Directors called a meeting and approved the establishment of the Linda H. Woodley Service Scholarship.

This scholarship will be funded by an endowment with gifts from her family, colleagues and organizations. Students must apply and be nominated through a good standing two-year member organization of VirginiaCAN. Selection criteria include significant volunteer service, financial need and strength of a student-submitted essay.

Nominations for the Linda H. Woodley Scholarship must be made by a current VirginiaCAN member organization that has been a member of VirginiaCAN for at least two years.   Each member organization may nominate up to three candidates. For more information, please contact Lee Andes at LeeAndes@schev.edu.

Scholarship donations are tax deductible. Checks should be made payable to the Linda H. Woodley Service Scholarship and mailed to:

State Council of Higher Education for VirginiaWoodley Scholarship c/o Lee Andes
101 N. 14th Street, Monroe Bldg. 10th Fl.
Richmond, VA 23219

 2013 Linda Woodley Scholarship Winner, Fatima Bangura, with the family of Linda Woodley and GRASP Advisor, Patti Feyerabend. Fatima is a 2013 graduate of Richmond Community High School and she is attending Syracuse University to study Broadcast Journalism. 

 2013 Linda Woodley Scholarship Winner, Fatima Bangura, with the family of Linda Woodley and GRASP Advisor, Patti Feyerabend. Fatima is a 2013 graduate of Richmond Community High School and she is attending Syracuse University to study Broadcast Journalism. 

Contributions may also be made through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) charitable giving through employee payroll deductions; use code 007893.

100% of all contributions go directly to the scholarship with 0% used for administrative expense.

Contributions to and financial management of this endowment will be maintained by the Virginia College Savings Plan with awarding authority vested in VirginiaCAN.

Jaren Butts, the 2014 Linda H. Woodley Scholarship Recipient spoke at the 2014 VCAN Conference. She is a graduate of Green Run High School and attending Virginia Commonwealth University

Jaren Butts, the 2014 Linda H. Woodley Scholarship Recipient spoke at the 2014 VCAN Conference. She is a graduate of Green Run High School and attending Virginia Commonwealth University