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The John W. Barco Alumni Chapter was organized under the administration of Dr. John Ellison. The Chapter was named for the late Dr. John W. Barco, a member of the VUU Class of 1902, Vice President of VUU, 1929-1947, and Co-Founder of the CIAA. Wilbert Bellamy was a Barco member who worked tirelessly to recruit students from the Richmond metropolitan area to Virginia Union University. This $1,000 Scholarship is named in his honor and is awarded in two installments of $500 per semester.

Seeking eager Virginia Union University undergraduate classified students (sophomore, junior or senior) who exemplify commitment to academic excellence. We have 4 - $1,000 scholarships to award. First Come – First Served!

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better.


Applications Now Available!

Please apply by August 31, 2021. Scholarship Requirements & Applications available for serious inquiries at: or Awardees will be notified in October.


Scholarship Requirements

  • VUU undergraduate classified as a full-time sophomore, junior or senior
  • Possess a cumulative GPA 2.8 or better
  • All blanks on the application MUST be completed for consideration
  • Letter of support from a professor MUST be on official letterhead and include: date, signature, title, phone number and email address
  • All required documents must be received on/before August 31
  • Only completed applications will be considered
  • All awards are contingent upon verification of enrollment at the time of application
  • Recipients will be notified in October Should you have questions, please send email to


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Virginia Union University is a Historically Black University devoted to academic excellence. The University seeks to maximize the potential of individuals from varied backgrounds within the context of a challenging and nurturing academic environment. The University offers the opportunity for students to excel as leaders and scholars. The John W. Barco Alumni Chapter Scholarship is designed to enhance growth in young men and women through financial assistance for academic success.