Barbara Roby Scholarship

Application Deadline
Materials must be submitted by April 30, 2014.

Return Materials To:
Martha Harris
Disability Support Services
907 Floyd Avenue
P.O. Box 842529
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2529

Phone: (804) 828-8362
Fax: (804) 828-1944

In 1989, Shirley B. Roby and her mother, Irene S. Roby, established the Barbara A. Roby Scholarship in memory of their sister and daughter, respectively. Barbara Roby, who was a person with a physical disability, graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social welfare. In 1975, Barbara Roby received a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from VCU’s School of Community and Public Affairs. At the time of her death, Barbara was a rehabilitation counselor for Virginia’s Department of Rehabilitative Counseling. Shirley Roby described her sister as someone who “was dedicated to helping persons with disabilities” and saw this scholarship as a “very meaningful way” for that dedication to continue. The first Roby Scholarship was awarded in 1991.


Qualified candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Be an undergraduate student with a disability.
  • Be registered with the Disability Support Services office on the Monroe Park Campus or Medical Campus.
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the VCU Office of Financial Aid.
  • Have at least a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Be a Virginia resident.
  • Be in a degree-seeking program and have been at VCU for at least one semester and have at least 2 semesters remaining in their program of study.
  • Demonstrate leadership or service to the community.

Scholarship Award

There will be three $1,000 scholarships awarded during FY15. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applying for the Scholarship 

Students are required to submit a brief letter addressing their interest in, and eligibility for, this scholarship. Two letters of recommendation from a VCU faculty, administrator or staff member must accompany all applications. The recommendation letters must be submitted in signed/sealed envelopes accompanying the student’s letter of interest or may be faxed or electronically submitted separately by the letter writer.

Administration of the Scholarship

The Barbara Roby Scholarship will be administered through the Division of Student Affairs. A selection committee will make scholarship award decisions. 

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Disability Support Services
Monroe Park Campus

907 Floyd Ave.
Room 102
Voice/TTY: (804) 828-2253
Fax: (804) 828-1944

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