Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation Scholarship Application

Due Date: March 6, 2024

How to Apply:

You can submit your application both ONLINE or by snail mail at the address provided below. All applications, including two (2) recommendations per application are DUE by March 6th


If you prefer to send via regular snail mail: You can mail all scholarship required documents to 2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 101, FXBG, VA 22401, Attn: Scholarship Department.

Required Documents:

 * ALL documents below are required. Any missing documents will result in an incomplete application and will not be submitted for consideration.  

  • A completed and signed scholarship application.
  • One (1) Essay (no more than 850 words).
  • Official High School transcripts. Unofficial Transcripts will not be accepted. 
  • List of public service and community activities.
  • List of extracurricular activities.
  • Copy of acceptance letter from an institution of higher learning or anticipated date of acceptance
  • Two recommendation forms; one from a school official, teacher or counselor, and another from a community leader. Please have your recommender submit their recommendation by clicking here

GGF Scholarship Instructions 2023-24

Click here to download the Scholarship Application Form

GGF_Scholarship_Recommendation Form_2023-24 – Click here for a downloadable Recommendation Form that can be provided to your recommender(s), if submitting via snail mail. The recommender must mail this out separately. Student applicants cannot submit recommendations on behalf of their recommenders. Recommendations can also be submitted online via the Recommendation button. 

 To submit ONLINE: 

  1. Save all of your required forms and documents listed above onto your desktop.
  2. Fill out all required fields below. 
  3. Upload each required document separately into the designated areas below. 
  4. Click ‘Submit’ once all fields are completed. 
Scholarships applicants will be notified by mid-April whether they were selected or not via email.
Questions? Contact the Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation at 540-681-1632.

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Joel Griffin

Chairman & Co-Founder

Joel Griffin is co-founder and chairman of Gwyneth’s Gift Foundation. Gwyneth’s Gift was founded in 2015 by Joel and Jennifer Griffin in honor of their oldest daughter, Gwyneth. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist with 25 years of private industry consulting experience and 20 years in government contracting. He is the Founder and CEO of Riphean, a regional growth management firm.

Joel is committed to philanthropy within the region through local nonprofits and organizations that strengthen local communities. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Hospital Foundation, and Germanna Educational Foundation. Joel was recognized for his impact and leadership within the region, receiving the Prince B. Woodward Leadership Award in 2022.

In addition to the regional award, Joel received the Valor Award from Loudon County for his life-saving efforts in an emergency. He also received the Patriotic Civilian Service Award given by the U.S. Army for actions taken immediately and following 9/11 at The Pentagon in 2001.