Washington County Community Scholars

WCCS Service Hours Form to print

What is Community Service?

Community Service is a service you do for someone or an organization that benefits them or others that you do not receive payment or personal compensation.

Who? WCCS are high school students who enroll in a curriculum of specified academic and/or vocational courses, who demonstrate a high level of citizenship and community service, who maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5, and who have an excellent attendance record.  These skills and attributes are highly desired in both higher education and the job market.

What? WCCS is a program sponsored by Washington County Public Schools whose goal is to produce highly qualified graduates who value the importance of citizenship and service to community.

When? WCCS are identified and recognized annually during their high school careers. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are recognized in the fall, while seniors are recognized in the spring and also during graduation exercises.

Why? Students choose to be WCCS because they are assured that their high school education will enable them to compete for a meaningful job or enroll in a college or university.

How? Interested students should see their counselor in order to plan a program of studies which includes the core courses required for WCCS recognition.  A student may qualify while completing requirements for either the Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma

WCCS Expectations

Service is a core component of the WCCS program. At least twenty hours of documented community service is required however, document all your hours.  Following are examples of organizational opportunities available to students for performing community service:

Food Drives Leg Up
Church Leadership Scouts
Adopt A Highway Tutor
Special Olympics Recycling
Adopt a Grandparent Hospital
Community Clean-up Nursing Homes

Community Service could also be helping a neighbor or elderly family member in various ways. Such as cutting fire wood, mowing, raking, shoveling snow. Taking them meals, cleaning their house, etc. You can also help at your church or missionary, volunteer at school or community center. The possibilities are endless.


Program Criteria: (The program requirements are reviewed each year of participation.)

A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5

School attendance must be 95% or above

No out-of-school suspension

You must do and document at least 20 community service hours, even though more hours are encouraged.

You must participate your Senior year and at least 2 other years (Freshmen, Sophmore, or Junior) to complete the program and qualify for the Virginia Highlands Community College AIMS scholarship.

See Mrs. Farmer for further questions, or contact her at 276-739-3707 /email at pfarmer@wcs.k12.va.us