Grants & Scholarships

Reston Scholarship Fund


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.


Scholarships with a maximum value of $16,000 per student, disbursed over the course of up to six years, will be awarded to a select number seniors graduating from South Lakes High School in the spring and attending Northern Virginia Community College the following fall. Annual renewal depends on the student maintaining a 2.75 GPA or higher, continued financial need, and availability of funding.


Recipients of the Reston Scholarship Fund must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Be a South Lakes High School graduating senior
  • Attending Northern Virginia Community College in the fall
  • Have a GPA of 2.75 or above
  • Demonstrate financial need


Applications are due by Thursday, April 30, 2021 to be considered.


More information is available at, or please e-mail or call 703-620-6061.