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 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 Chesapeake and Portsmouth, Virginia public 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.

Frederick L. Walker – I.C. Norcom Scholarship

Scholarship award(s) available to deserving graduating students from I.C. Norcom High School who are pursuing post-secondary education at an ACE-accredited community college or 4-year college or university. To apply, students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, be in good standing, and display a commitment to serve others. The number of scholarships awarded and their amounts vary from year-to-year.

Horace Savage Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships available every other year (2019, 2021, 2023, etc.) for I.C. Norcom High School seniors to attend a Virginia ACE-accredited institution of higher learning. 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: May 15.

Portsmouth Service League “PSL” Scholarship

Two $1,000 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 (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. Note: Active/sustaining/provisional members of the PSL are not eligible to apply. Application deadline: May 15.

Susan Berry Reitelbach Memorial Scholarship

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 $1,000 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
  • 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?