The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (Tobacco Commission) established a program in 2002 to offer assistance with a Bachelor’s degree and therefore strengthen the economies of Southwest (SW) and Southside (SS) Virginia through education and training of its citizens. For the 2017-2018 academic year, new recipients will be applying for a loan with terms offered to earn forgiveness after graduation. Please click on “Program Information” above to learn more. Residents of SW (Brown) or SS (Blue) localities enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree program at an accredited 4-year college or university, in-state or out-of-state, can submit an application. Residents of the counties shaded in yellow are not eligible to apply.
We are currently processing 2017-18 applications.  All students will receive either an award or denial email by the end of July/first of August.  Make sure that the email address you provided when applying is correct.  If not, log back into your account and update.  If the school you will be attending in Fall 2017 has changed, please notify us immediately by email at