michellThe Michell Merhige Scholarship is designed to honor a young woman who overcame great obstacles in her life and went on to graduate from college, establish a successful career and give back to her community in numerous ways.

Each year, the scholarship provides an award of up to $1200 to a graduating senior attending a Fairfax County public school. Even bright, energetic students sometimes have to overcome great difficulties to attend college.

In Michell’s case, she succeeded despite neglect, abuse, homelessness and three years in an orphanage. Finally she found a family and community that believed in her and supported her. 

Michell believed that young people need advocates to succeed in the face of adversity. Will you be the person who gives to another student struggling to get to college?

For more information about the scholarship, visit www.michellscholarship.org.

Scholarship amount

One non-renewable scholarship of up to $1,200 is awarded each year.

Eligibility Criteria

Recipients of the Michell Merhige Scholarship Fund must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Academic Ability
  • Attendance
  • Leadership/Mentoring
  • Financial need
  • School Involvement
  • Work/life experience


Eligible students can find information about this scholarship at www.michellscholarship.org.  Fairfax County Career Connections Specialist Emily Emery supervises the application process.  If you have questions after you have downloaded and read the complete application, contact her at ewemery@fcps.edu or call 571-423-4430.

Donate to this scholarship fund here.