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Foundation House



The Virginia Business & Professional Women's Foundation House (VBPWF) is a unique cooperative living option for 9 academically talented female Virginia residents. Residents form a small close-knit community where teamwork and personal development beyond the classroom is valued.

Applicants must demonstrate high academic promise and financial need. A special application and interview process is required. Qualified residents receive a room scholarship which pays for most costs associated with the occupancy, maintenance, and operation of the Foundation House. Residents are responsible for the cost of a full meal plan and a small semester room fee.

As a group-living community, residents are expected to fully contribute to the overall management of the House through the sharing of household tasks, health and safety inspections, program development and house governance.

All bedrooms are non-smoking rooms furnished with two beds, two desks with chairs, two dressers, and a closet. Five bathrooms are shared by the residents. A kitchenette is available to residents. Students living in this residence hall have an Academic-Year Agreement Period from August through May. The Foundation House closes over break periods, including: Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks. Students will need to make alternate housing arrangements during this time.

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Foundation House

Floor Plan

Foundation Flooor Plan

Amenities & Set Up

Hall Female - 9 resident capacity
Room Style 4- double occupancy rooms and 1 single room
Beds Two bunkable XL Twin Beds
Mattress Size 36" x 80"
Bathrooms 5 shared baths between all residents

Heat and AC controls in each room, cable TV, wireless internet access, and kitchen with microwave.

Rates & Housing Period

Room Type Annual Semester
Double/Single $1,000 $500

How to Apply

Applicants for the Foundation House must complete an application, an essay and submit two references by the deadline. Applicants are subject to individual interviews. The Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) must be on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Application and References Deadlines occur in March every year.

To apply for consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be female Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be a resident of Virginia
  • Must be a graduate of a Virginia high school or Virginia community college
  • Must be a full-time student attending ODU
  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student with sophomore year or above ranking who has attended college for a least one year
  • Must demonstrate critical need for financial assistance (based on information provided by the Office of Financial Aid)
  • Must demonstrate academic promise with a university-level 3.0 grade point average or higher
  • Must be able to attend college without substantial outside financial assistance
  • Must have a strong desire to work for a college education