The mission of the Reston Scholarship Fund is to reinforce one of the goals set by founding father Robert Simon in 1962 for the new town of Reston. As he intended, Reston has from its beginning been a community of diverse income levels. In our public schools, students of different economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds have long advanced together from kindergarten through high school.

But when Reston was founded, only 11.4 percent of males and 6.7 percent of women went on to receive a college degree; there were still plenty of jobs for those who did not. Not so today. Further education or training is essential, yet soaring costs leave many lower-income Reston graduates behind.

The mission of the RSF is to reach out and lend a hand to qualified South Lakes High School students, to help them across the widening gap between rich and poor, fulfilled and disappointed — because they are our neighbors’ children.

Scholarship amount

Ten scholarships of $4,000, renewable for four years.

Eligibility Criteria

Recipients of the Reston Scholarship Fund must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Be a South Lakes High School graduating senior
  • Apply to a two- or four-year degree program at an accredited, not-for-profit college, university, trade or vocational school
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Demonstrate financial need


This year's application is due by March 15, 2017.  The application is available here.


Eligible students can find information about this scholarship at  For more information, please e-mail or call 703-620-6061.

Donate to this scholarship fund here.