Available graduate, medical and theological school scholarships

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation administers the following graduate, medical and theological school scholarship funds on behalf of generous people who established the scholarships and set their criteria.

Please read each description carefully to determine if you are eligible. Unless otherwise noted, you should demonstrate financial need, be a long-time resident of South Hampton Roads and plan to enroll (or already be enrolled) in an accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Scholarships are renewable, unless otherwise noted.

Award amounts are based on a variety of factors: available money, number of winners selected and financial need.

Be sure to check out all graduate, medical and theological scholarships available.

Learn how to apply for the scholarships listed below

Graduate School Scholarships

Dan H. Brockwell Scholarship for Architecture. For undergraduate or graduate students from South Hampton Roads studying architecture. Preference will be given to students from Virginia Beach. NOT AVAILABLE IN 2017-2018.

Stephen A. Carpenter Memorial Fund. For guidance counselors in Norfolk Public Schools who are acquiring additional education related to counseling. Preference is for those with special interest in disadvantaged inner city children. This is typically a one-time scholarship. However, recipients may be considered for renewal if funds are available. Deadline extended to May 1. The online application process is not used for the Carpenter Scholarship.  Click here to download the Carpenter application.

Palmer Farley Memorial Scholarship. For graduate students pursuing the creative brand management track at the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter. This scholarship is renewable for up to two years. Applicants may be from anywhere in the United States. May 1 deadline.

Victor and Ruth N. Goodman Memorial Scholarship. For students studying medicine, nursing or other health professions. Students should be pursuing degrees leading to careers as medical practitioners. Health care administration, policy and public health are not eligible.

Hampton Roads Association of Social Workers Scholarship. For a graduate student in social work. Students are eligible for one year of scholarship support. Applicants may be from anywhere in Virginia.

Hampton Roads Sanitation District Environmental Scholarship. For full-time graduate students from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District service area (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, King & Queen, King William, Mathews, Middlesex and York) studying environmental health, environmental chemistry, biology or civil or environmental engineering at a public Virginia university. HRSD interns may apply. HRSD employees, commissioners and their relatives are not eligible to apply. One-year scholarship.

Louis I. Jaffe Memorial Scholarship-ODU. For a graduate student at Old Dominion University studying humanities or for a student at any other university studying art history. This is in effect until ODU establishes an art history graduate program.

Louis I. Jaffe Memorial Scholarship-NSU Alumni. For graduates of Norfolk State University who are enrolled in a graduate program at any institution. Students are eligible for up to two years of scholarship. Applicants may be from anywhere in Virginia. Preference will be given to applicants from Hampton Roads.

Lefki and George Polizos Family Scholarship. For students of Greek descent or students attending Virginia Wesleyan College. 

Ellis W. Rowe Memorial Scholarship. For students from Gloucester County. Preference will be given to students from the York District, those attending Virginia Wesleyan College or another Methodist college, and those studying marine science, nursing, ministry, medicine, the humanities, agriculture, biology or other basic sciences.

Donald E. Sly, M.D. and Madeline H. Sly Medical Scholarship* – For students from Virginia in need of financial aid to pursue a career in medicine or health care at an accredited Virginia two-year college, four-year college, vocational, or medical school. New this year

Enid W. and Bernard B. Spigel Architectural Scholarship. For long-time Virginia residents who are juniors, seniors or graduate students in architecture, architectural history or architectural preservation. This scholarship is renewable for up to two years. Applicants may be from anywhere in Virginia.

Paul and Athena Yeonas Memorial Fund. For students of Greek descent attending a community college, four-year college or graduate school.

Medical School Scholarships (M.D. students only)

Lewis K. Martin II, M.D. and Cheryl Rose Martin Scholarship Fund*. For Virginia residents pursuing medical school at University of Virginia School of Medicine. Applicants may be from anywhere in Virginia. 

Drs. Kirkland Ruffin and Willcox Ruffin Scholarship. For students from Norfolk attending Eastern Virginia Medical School.  NOT AVAILABLE IN 2017-2018.

Dr. Buzzy and Helen Schulwolf Fund for Smith Scholars*. Students selected as Smith Scholars will automatically be considered for this additional scholarship.  NOT AVAILABLE IN 2017-2018. Meet Buzzy Schulwolf in a video

Florence L. Smith Medical Scholarship. For long-time Virginia residents attending Eastern Virginia Medical School, University of Virginia School of Medicine or Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Applicants may be from anywhere in Virginia. Watch a video about the Florence Smith Medical Scholarship and read Florence Smith's story, learn the inspiring history of the scholarship and see the bond among Smith Scholars.

*Dr. Martin and Dr. Schulwolf were recipients of Smith Scholarships while in medical school.

Theological School Scholarships

Barron F. Black Theological Scholarship. For students at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria who are candidates for the ministry. Students must be residents of the geographic region served by the Diocese of Southern Virginia. April 1 deadline.

Richard D. and Sheppard R. Cooke Memorial Scholarship. For students at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond who are candidates for the ministry. Preference will be given to students from Norfolk churches within the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia. April 1 deadline.

William F. Miles. For a student who is preparing for leadership in a field of religious service. Recipients are recommended by Westminster Chapter #99, Order of the Eastern Star. April 1 deadline.

Reverend Doctor Joyce G. Moss Theologian Scholarship. For students attending Richmond Virginia Seminary or Regent University School of Divinity with the intent of pursuing a full-time career in Christian ministry. Preference will be given to full-time students who have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Applicants may be from outside the Hampton Roads area. April 1 deadline.

Hy Smith Endowment Fund. For students at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria who are candidates for the ministry. Students must be residents of the geographic region served by the Diocese of Southern Virginia. April 1 deadline.

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