PTSO Scholarship Opportunity

The South County High School PTSO is pleased to offer achievement-based scholarships to well-rounded graduating seniors pursuing full-time higher education at a two- or four-year college or university or technical/vocational institute.  Award amounts will be $500 each.

All applications are reviewed anonymously by an impartial selection committee and are evaluated on the following criteria:  academic and other achievement, extra-curricular activities, letter of recommendation, essay submission, community involvement, leadership, and overall quality of application.


  • Applicant must be a senior at South County High School graduating in June of the current academic year.
  • Minimum weighted GPA of 3.0
  • Student and/or student’s parent/guardian must be a paid member of the South County High School PTSO by April 24, 2020. To verify membership status, log in to your account using the “MembershipToolkit” app or go to  You may also purchase a membership there.
  • Applicant must be accepted by a college or post-secondary institution at the time the scholarship is paid.
  • No preference will be given to applicants based on race, religion, nationality, gender, physical handicap, economic background, or length of time enrolled at South County High School.


  • Fully completed scholarship application must be typed and signed.
  • Personally written essay on the topic provided. All essays must be typed, double spaced in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, on standard-sized white paper.  Essays should not exceed 300 words and should NOT include your name or other identifiers.  Content and grammar will both be a consideration in determining award recipients.
  • One letter of recommendation in a sealed and signed envelope (over the envelope flap).
  • Copy of 7-semester unofficial transcript listing all high school credits and grades through the first semester of senior year.
  • Fully completed applications and all related documents are due and must be postmarked by April 24, 2020. Mail applications to:  Stephanie Murphy, ATTN: PTSO Scholarship, 9118 Wood Pointe Way, Fairfax Station, VA  Do not deliver applications to school. Incomplete or late submissions will NOT be considered.


  • Scholarship winners will be announced at the Senior Awards Ceremony in May.
  • Payment of scholarship awards will be made directly to the student and are intended to be applied to tuition, room and board, books and/or any other college related expenses.
  • Scholarship awards will be submitted upon receipt of a copy of the school’s statement showing acceptance in an accredited institution. The student must provide the scholarship administrator with this verification by June 5, 2020.


  • Questions should be directed to the Scholarship Administrator: Stephanie Murphy, or 910-850-3668
  • Application packages should NOT be delivered to SCHS. All completed application packages should be postmarked by April 24, 2020, and mailed to:
    Stephanie Murphy
    ATTN: PTSO Scholarship
    9118 Wood Pointe Way
    Fairfax Station, VA 22039


Download Instructions and Application