"Live Your Dream Scholarship Award"


While many students dream of obtaining a college degree, life sometimes gets in the way–particularly for those dealing with personal responsibilities at home or in their communities. The “Live Your Dream” Scholarship Award, an initiative provided by alumna, Dr. Genevieve M. Knight, Ph.D. (Class of 1961), recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue an education in Mathematics and Sciences. The scholars serve as positive role models and change the trajectories for their families, friends and their communities. 

We recognize the difficulty one may experience to succeed in college. The chapter provides its award recipients with the support and assistance needed to succeed. The chapter’s goal is to ensure that more students have the opportunity to earn a college degree.

The Washington DC Metro Area Alumni Chapter awards this scholarship to area students that have been accepted to the University or, are currently enrolled at FVSU. Fort Valley State University is one of Georgia’s three public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the state’s only 1890 land-grant institution. The scholarship is a yearly scholarship and not a full four-year scholarship.

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To be eligible to apply for the “Live Your Dream” Scholarship Award, students must meet the below listed criteria:

  • Residency of the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia

  • Pursue degrees in Mathematics and the Sciences Applicants must be graduate of an accredited high school, and accepted as a student at FVSU

  • Incoming & current full time student with minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)

  • Students currently enrolled at Fort Valley State University who are not native to the Washington DC Metro area may also apply

Students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Application will be evaluated on their:

  • Determination to succeed

  • Future goals and plans to achieve their goals

  • Ability to communicate the barriers they have overcome or currently face

  • Self motivation in completing challenging coursework


Completing the application is the first step to receiving the scholarship award. Once submitted, all applications will be assessed, and a group of students will be selected.

Important Dates
January 15 – Application Opens
June 30 – Application Deadline
Applicants will be notified in July 15

Additional Documents should include the following:

  • Copy of completed application (including application letter), if applicable (incoming Freshman)

  • Essay (One page in length)

  • Proof of college acceptance or current enrollment status

  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation (i.e., educator, community advocate) Official transcripts

Documents must be either emailed to the chapter email address at fvsudcalumnichapter@gmail.com or mailed to FVSU DC Alumni Chapter, Post Office Box 5961, Springfield, VA 22150.

Name *
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(One page in length)