Graduate and Medical Scholarships / What's Available
The following is a comprehensive list of scholarship funds for graduate school students administered by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.
Please read each description carefully to determine your eligibility. Unless otherwise noted, applicants should demonstrate financial need.
Unless a description notes that students may be from anywhere in Virginia, scholarships are restricted to students from South Hampton Roads. Scholarships are available for up to four years of study unless otherwise noted.
If you meet eligibility requirements for any of the scholarships listed below as available in the coming year, click here to learn how to apply.
Applications must be completed and returned by the posted deadline.
While the application deadline was March 1 for most scholarships, a few are still accepting applications. They are highlighted in yellow below.
Medical School (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. NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015-2016.
Drs. Kirkland Ruffin & Willcox Ruffin Scholarship – For students from Norfolk attending Eastern Virginia Medical School. NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015-2016.
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. Click here to watch a video about the Florence Smith Medical Scholarship and to see how it helped former recipient Dr. Buzzy Schulwolf who recently created his own scholarship fund.
Schulwolf Fund for Smith Scholars – To provide supplemental aid to a Florence L. Smith Medical Scholarship recipient. Students selected as Smith Scholars will automatically be considered for this additional scholarship from the Dr. Buzzy and Helen Schulwolf Fund for Smith Scholars as available. NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015-2016.
Click here to meet Buzzy Schulwolf in a video.
Barron F. Black Theological Scholarship – For students at Virginia Theological Seminary (Alexandria, VA) 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.
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.
Other Graduate Programs
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. New this year.
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. April 1 deadline.
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 from South Hampton Roads 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 degree programs.
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. Students are eligible for one year of scholarship support.
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. Priority 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. NOT AVAILABLE IN 2015-2016.
Ellis W. Rowe Scholarship – For students from Gloucester County with a preference for students from the York District attending Virginia Wesleyan College or another Methodist college and studying marine science, nursing, ministry, medicine, the humanities, agriculture, biology or other basic sciences.
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.
Award amounts are based on the amount of available in the scholarship fund, the number of recipients selected and individual financial need. Scholarship amounts are not pre-determined.