Scholarship Offerings

SEVACF offers a number of scholarship opportunities:

Al Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Two $7,500 scholarships for graduating seniors or college students who graduated with a minimum 2.5 GPA from a high school in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Newport News and, Isle of Wight County.  Applicants must exhibit qualities of leadership, citizenship and, service and must participate in extra-curricular activities, volunteer in community activities, or be employed.  Applicants must attend an accredited college or university.  Application deadline: May 15.

Armed Forces Scholarship

One $2,000 scholarship for the dependent of an active duty enlisted (E1-E9) Coast Guard or Navy personnel stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia, or the child/grandchild of a retired E1-E9 living in Portsmouth; graduating high school senior, accepted or enrolled in an ACE-accredited community college or four-year college or university with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. This scholarship is renewable. Previous recipients may apply for additional scholarships as long as they have a 2.5 GPA or higher. Application deadline: May 15.

Calder S. Sherwood Memorial Scholarship

Six $2,000 scholarships will be awarded altogether. Two graduating seniors from each of the three Portsmouth public high schools will be chosen. The scholarship will be renewable for a total of four years as long as the student meets the following criteria: 1) maintain a 2.5 GPA at a Virginia college or university that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, 2) enroll full time with a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and 3) submit official transcript and fall schedule to the scholarship office by June 30th of each year for renewal consideration. Students will be selected by the scholarship committee at their high school. Each applicant must be of good character, be in the upper 20% of their class, and show financial need on the application. The deadline for this scholarship varies from year-to-year. Please apply for this scholarship through your school’s scholarship counselor. Application deadline: March 29.

C.H. Jordan Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship award(s) available to students who are members of Third Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia and who are pursuing a college or seminary education. The number of scholarships awarded and their amounts vary from year-to-year. Please apply for this scholarship through the Third Baptist Church in Portsmouth.

Foskey-VanDyck Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship available to Portsmouth and Western Branch High School seniors pursuing a degree (in preference order) in music education, music, or at James Madison University with the award being based on financial need. Application deadline: May 15.

Horace Savage Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships available every other year (2021, 2023, 2025 etc.) for I.C. Norcom High School seniors to attend a Virginia ACE-accredited institution of higher learning. Application deadline: May 15.

Jarrod B. Shivers Memorial Scholarship

One $1,500 scholarship for (in order of preference) police officers, children of deceased police officers who were not killed the line of duty, and children of current police officers.  Application deadline: May 15.

Josef D. Collins Memorial Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship available to an I.C. Norcom High School senior pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or Arts at an ACE-accredited community college or 4-year college or university. Selection will be based on the following criteria: financial need, academic merit, and community service. Application deadline: May 15.

Karen Mellott Colston Scholarship

Scholarship(s) available to graduating seniors of Great Bridge High School with a minimum 3.0 GPA to attend an accredited college or university. Students must exemplify the “Tradition and Pride” for which Great Bridge High School is so well known. Students must exhibit qualities of leadership, citizenship, and service. Applications are available at Great Bridge High School. Application deadline: April 2.

Mason Hackworth Theatre Scholarship

Two $500.00 scholarships awarded to graduating students from Grassfield High School, who participated in Theatre, are members in good standing with the International Thespian Society, and will continue their studies in theatre at a regionally accredited institution of higher education.  This award is merit-based; financial need is not a factor. Applicants will complete a Mason Hackworth Scholarship Application Form made available through the Fine Arts Department and Guidance Office at Grassfield High School. Application deadline: May 1. Click here to download the Application

Maylea Brockington Beasley Love & Laughter Scholarship

One scholarship awarded to a graduating student from First Colonial High School, who was the recipient of the Girls Volleyball “Coach’s Award”.  This scholarship will be selected by the Beasley Family Committee.

One scholarship is available to a graduating Senior who is a member of a recognized Troop of the Girl Scouts of Colonial Coast and has been the recipient of the Girl Scouts “Gold Award” by May 1st of their Senior Year of High School.  Click here to download the Application

Recipients for both scholarships must attend an accredited college or university.  Application deadline: May 15. 

To learn more about Maylea click here: In memory of Maylea Beasley

Portsmouth Service League “PSL” Scholarship

Two $1,500 scholarships for women residing in Portsmouth, Virginia who are pursuing a higher education at an ACE-accredited community college, technical school, professional program, or 4-year college or university. Applicants must have a proven record of community service. In addition, applicants must provide (1) a letter of acceptance from an educational institution (2) a reference from someone affiliated with the service organization/project (3) a second reference (4) a one-page statement, special essay (see below). One scholarship requires that an applicant be a high school senior of Portsmouth Public Schools. The other applicant can be any woman living in Portsmouth who is trying to advance her education in any program. Important note:  one of the references must be from a Community Service supervisor.  Additionally please note: Active/sustaining/provisional members of the PSL are not eligible to apply. Application deadline: May 15.

Susan Berry Reitelbach Memorial Scholarship

One $1,500 scholarship available to a graduating senior at any Chesapeake high school with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The student must display a love of libraries and for helping other readers through volunteering in a Chesapeake Public Schools library, Chesapeake Public Library, and/or other media centers. The student must be enrolled in a Virginia college or university. Application deadline: May 15.

W. Clayton Robertson Memorial Scholarship

One $1,200 scholarship available to an applicant who meets the following criteria: 1) Portsmouth, Chesapeake, or Suffolk high school student pursuing an undergraduate degree at any ACE-accredited Virginia College or University in the pre-medical and/or pharmaceutical field with a 3.0 GPA or higher, or 2) Virginia resident attending the Medical College of Virginia for an advanced degree in the medical or pharmaceutical field with a 3.3 GPA or higher. Each applicant must meet GPA requirements or show financial need on the application. This scholarship may be renewed if the above requirements are maintained. Application deadline: May 15.


  • Official high school transcript and SAT/Achievement scores
  • Two letters of reference; references can be emailed to, please include the student’s name in the subject line.
  • One page essay describing your educational dream, how you plan to impact the future; and any special circumstance or information that may be helpful to the selection committee.


  • Portsmouth Service League “PSL” Scholarship How do you live PSL’s vision statement, “To empower innovative women to lead and serve while leaving a positive legacy on the community and each other”? (250-500 words)
  • W. Clayton Robertson Memorial Scholarship Why do you wish to go into the medical or pharmaceutical field?
  • Foskey-VanDyck Scholarship What is your goal and what support system do you have to achieve your goal? Why have you chosen music or music education as your focus?