Nominations for the 2019 Linda H. Woodley Service Scholarship are now closed.

The scholarship is for the 2019-2020 academic year only. The scholarship is for one year and is anticipated to be worth no less than $1,000. The Committee may decide to award multiple scholars.

The recipient and the nominating organization will be notified no later than February 1, 2019. The recipient will be invited (but not required) to attend the 2019 VirginiaCAN conference.

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.


The Linda H. Woodley Service Scholarship is established in memory of Ms. Woodley and to encourage young people who have demonstrated a lifestyle commitment to volunteerism. The scholarship endowment is funded by gifts from the Woodley family, colleagues, and organizations from around the Commonwealth. Selection criteria include significant volunteer service, strength of student-submitted essay, academics, and financial need. 

Ms. Woodley was a driving force behind the vision for, and a founding member of, the Virginia College Access Network (VirginiaCAN) and an avid supporter of and participant in volunteer community service. Ms. Woodley was passionately dedicated to expanding higher education opportunities to citizens of the Commonwealth.  Her work with the Virginia State Education Assistance Authority, Virginia Education Loan Authority, Educational Credit Management Corporation and most recently the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia spanned almost three decades.  Linda’s volunteer activities were extensive and included service to the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Super Saturday for Financial Aid, VirginiaCAN, GRASP and her place of worship.


DO NOT encourage all of your students to submit applications.  Applications will not be accepted if submitted directly from the student.  Instead, it is recommended that the access group identify two or three students that best meet the scholarship criteria and then work specifically with those students to submit applications.  

Only the first three applications submitted by an organization will be accepted. Paper applications will not be accepted. The application needs to be completed in one sitting – there’s no way to save it partially completed and return to it later.

The 2019 application is now closed.

The items needed to submit an application are as follows:

  1. A student essay of 600 words or less written by the student in Microsoft Word.

    Essay must describe the student's volunteer activities, how volunteer service has affected them personally, and their future plans for volunteering.

  2. A copy of the student’s Federal Student Aid Report (FAFSA SAR).

  3. An official copy of the student’s high school transcript with the GPA included.

  4. Electronic photo of nominee.

  5. Community Service Documentation- Nominating organization, in 300 words or less, must write a statement describing the nominee’s volunteer service, including what sets this student apart.

    The student’s community service need not necessarily have been with the nominating organization. Community service is time donated by an individual in order to meet the needs of others and improve the community. 

For questions, please contact Paula Craw at pcraw@ecmc.org or (651) 325-3342.

Scholarship donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made two ways:

  1. Check made payable to:
    "Virginia College Savings Plan"

    Mail checks to:
    State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
    Woodley Scholarship c/o Lee Andes
    101 N. 14th Street, Monroe Bldg. 10th Fl.
    Richmond, VA 23219

  2. Donation through Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC):
    State employees can donate through the CVC via payroll deduction, credit card, check, or cash. See your agency CVC coordinator for details.
    Charity Name: Virginia College Access Network
    Code: 7893

100% of all contributions are placed into the scholarship fund.

Contributions to and financial management of this endowment will be maintained by Virginia529 with awarding authority vested in VirginiaCAN.