Scholarship Offerings

SEVACF offers a number of scholarship opportunities:

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 better. Previous recipients may apply for a second scholarship.

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 maintains a 2.5 GPA at a Virginia college or university that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities. 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. Please apply for this scholarship through your school’s scholarship counselor, not SEVACF, by April 1st.

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.

Eastern Amateur Golf Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a graduating senior in Tidewater, Virginia. The student must be/or have been a member of their school’s varsity golf team.

Foskey-VanDyck Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship available to Portsmouth and Western Branch high school seniors persuing higher education at James Madison University majoring in music education, music, or other with a preference in that order.

George F. Bogdan Scholarship

Three $2,500 scholarships for dependents of Virginia State Police Division 5 Hampton Roads. This scholarship has its own application; please contact Marshall Bolton at 757-484-5818. The application deadline is May 2.

Horace Savage Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships available every other year (2015, 2017, 2019 etc.) for I.C. Norcom High School seniors to attend a Virginia ACE Accredited institution of higher learning.

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local #1 Ralph McElfresh Memorial Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship available to Local #1 employees, retired employees, and their children and grandchildren.

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 in the line of duty, and children of current police officers.

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.

Portsmouth Service League “PSL” Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships for a Portsmouth female resident pursuing a higher education at an ACE-accredited community college, technical school, professional program, or 4-year college or university. The applicant must have a proven record of community service. In addition, the applicant must provide (1) a letter of acceptance from educational institution (2) a reference from someone affiliated with the service organization/project (3) a second reference (4) a 1-page statement (see below). While both scholarships require the female to be a Portsmouth resident, only one of the scholarships requires the applicant to be a high school senior of Portsmouth Public Schools. Otherwise, the applicants can be any female living in Portsmouth who is trying to advance her education in any program. Note: Active/sustaining/provisional members of the Portsmouth Service League are not eligible to apply.

W. Clayton Robertson Memorial Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship available to Portsmouth public high schools and Western Branch High School seniors attending Clemson University OR a Virginia resident attending Medical College of Virginia with a GPA of 3.0 or better.


  • Official high school transcript and SAT/Achievement scores
  • Two letters of reference
  • 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 attend Clemson University or Medical College of Virginia?
  • 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?