Every year, the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke directs a portion of the funds we raise toward scholarships to deserving students in the Roanoke area. The scholarships are awarded to to High School students headed to college and to College students in the environment field.


Congratulations to the six outstanding area high school students who were awarded scholarships; click here for the press release for information about the students and the awards.

Scholarship applications from students in High Schools with Key Clubs supported by the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke may apply for a scholarship (Cave Spring, Hidden Valley, Northside, Patrick Henry, William Fleming, Roanoke Catholic, Staunton River). Each year, students are awarded scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000. The award criteria is focused on school and community volunteer service, academic achievement, and financial need. The scholarship application period opens on February 1, 2024 and closes on March 8, 2024. A panel of Kiwanis members read each application, identified six finalists, interviewed the finalists, and awarded the scholarships at the May 15 Kiwanis Club of Roanoke awards luncheon meeting. A copy of the cover letter may be found here. The fillable scholarship application form contains submission instructions; it may downloaded here.


Roanoke students attending one of four designated local colleges or universities who are majoring in an environment-related degree are eligible to apply for a $5,000 scholarship. The applicant must be a junior or above, including graduate studies, and be majoring in an environmental protection or natural resource management degree program. Click here for The Roanoke Times newspaper feature article about last year's student and award.

A “Roanoke student” is a graduate of a City of Roanoke or Roanoke County public or private high school. “Local colleges and universities” are Hollins University, Roanoke College, Ferrum College, and Virginia Tech (students enrolled in the College of Natural Resources or a department directly related to the Global Change Center only). Applicants who plan to pursue a graduate degree at an institution other than these four but are currently attending one of these four local schools may apply.

The award criteria are focused on financial need, academics, experience in environmental protection or natural resources management, and goals after graduation. The scholarship application period opens on March 1, 2024 and closes on April 30, 2024. A panel of Kiwanis members and non-Kiwanis member subject area experts will read each application, interview the finalists, and award the scholarship at a June 2024 Kiwanis Club of Roanoke luncheon meeting. The fillable scholarship application form contains submission instructions; it may be downloaded here.