The Amy Phelps Art Scholarship was established in the name of Amy Phelps, a local artist, who lost her life in a tragic car accident.  It is with excitement and gratitude that the Suffolk Foundation has been asked to manage this worthwhile scholarship. It gives the Foundation and the Phelps family much pleasure to assist a local student to follow in Amy’s footsteps and fulfill their dreams. The $2,000 scholarship is available to local high school graduating seniors who are pursuing a career in art and who have a minimum 3.0 GPA.  Graduating seniors from the following school systems are eligible to apply: Southampton, Franklin, Windsor, Smithfield, Surry, Sussex, or Southampton Academy.

The purpose of the Amy Phelps Art Scholarship is to provide an annual award to at least one scholarship applicant.  The annual award will be given for the sole purpose of paying for college expenses.  The Scholarship will be a grant awarded to one qualified applicant and funds will be sent directly to the college or university, once enrollment has been verified. 

Award Criteria  

· Student must be a graduating senior from one of the following high schools: Southampton, Franklin, Windsor, Smithfield, Surry, Sussex, or Southampton Academy

· The graduate must be pursuing a career in art in college

· A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to apply

· Two recommendations are required – one must be from the student’s high school art teacher and one other personal reference

· No more than 3 Copies or Photocopies of your art work are to be furnished with the application

A 200-word essay entitled, “What Has Influenced My Love for Art and How Will It Enhance My Future” is required 

The purpose of the Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one or more scholarship applicants. The annual award will be given for the sole purpose of paying college expenses. The Scholarship will be a grant awarded to one qualified candidate and will be sent directly to the college or university, once enrollment has been verified. The scholarship amount will be based on the interest earned on the invested funds. The current value of the scholarship is $5,000.

Numerous students, friends, co-workers, and fellow citizens, all of whose lives were enhanced by their association with Howard D. Mast, have generously given to establish, in his memory, the Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship. Howard D. Mast passed away on October 27, 2006. Mr. Mast had previously served the City of Suffolk and its citizens as Director of Parks and Recreation from 1949 until 1966, coached the first tennis team at Virginia Wesleyan College, served as facilities engineer at Norfolk State University, coached the Nansemond River High School boys’ tennis team, organized and directed the Suffolk Tennis Association, presided over both the Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Tennis Associations, and, for decades, served as mentor, teacher, coach, and friend to countless citizens, young and old, in the City of Suffolk and beyond.

During his entire life, Howard Mast tirelessly promoted the game of tennis among youth and adults in the City of Suffolk, the State, and the Mid-Atlantic Region. He positively and profoundly affected the lives of countless young people in their development as tennis players, as athletes in other sports, and as good citizens of the community. Throughout his life, he exhibited unwavering loyalty and dedication to his family, his friends, his community, and the institution and people he served.

For the above reasons, with great honor and pride, The Suffolk Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the annual Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship.

Each scholarship applicant must be, at the time of the award, a current resident of the City of Suffolk and either:

  • A graduating senior at one of the public or private high schools located in the City of Suffolk or a senior in an accredited home school program conducted in Suffolk.
  • A former graduate of one of the public or private high schools located in the City of Suffolk, or formerly a senior in an accredited home school program conducted in Suffolk who is then currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university in the United States.

The Award Committee shall consider and make its recommendation based on the following criteria.

  • Financial need
  • Participation in sport/s at the Applicant’s high school, college or university, as applicable
  • Personal characteristics exemplifying the character of Howard D. Mast, including, but not limited to, honesty, integrity, strong moral fiber, diligence, sportsmanship, and perseverance
  • Involvement in community, religious, or civic affairs

The purpose of the Samaritan Intern Scholarship is to provide an annual stipend to one summer intern applicant who has demonstrated interest in learning more about, working in, and possibly a career in, non-profit organizations. The stipend will be paid directly to the selected intern on a twice-monthly basis. The term of the internship is 9 weeks, approximately 30 hours per week, beginning in June annually, with the start date dependent upon the intern’s college schedule. The selected applicant will work for approximately 4 weeks at the Suffolk Foundation with the remaining 5 weeks divided between two additional non-profit agencies (selected by the Suffolk Foundation) located in Suffolk, VA. The current rate of the stipend is $10.50 per hour worked.

To be eligible to receive the Samaritan Intern Scholarship, each intern applicant must, at the time of the award: 

• Be a resident of the City of Suffolk, Isle of Wight County, or Southampton County, VA; 

• be currently enrolled in a college or university; 

• be involved in either school or community activities; 

• express their desire to consider a career with non-profit organizations. 

• Selected applicants will be interviewed prior to award determination.

The purpose of The William N. (Billy) Hill Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one scholarship applicant. The scholarship fund will be sent directly to the attending university or college for the sole purpose of paying college expenses. The current value of the Scholarship is $1,000.00.

To be eligible to receive the William N. (Billy) Hill Scholarship, each scholarship applicant must, at the time of the award:

  • Be a resident of the City of Suffolk.
  • Be a senior in one of Suffolk, VA’s public high schools
  • Declare their intention to pursue a college degree in education.
  • Be involved in either school or community activities, or provide verification of employment.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The purpose of the Ossie S. & Thomas F. Blair, Jr. Blair Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one of the scholarship applicants. The annual award will be given for the sole purpose of paying college expenses.

To be eligible to receive the Ossie S. & Thomas F. Blair, Jr. Blair Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have financial need
  • Have participated in religious, community or civic activities or in youth and/or school programs
  • Exhibit and be of strong moral character
  • Each scholarship applicant must also be, at the time of the award, a current resident of the City of Suffolk and either (1) a graduating senior at one of the public or private high schools located in the City of Suffolk, or a senior in an accredited home school program conducted in Suffolk, OR (2) A former graduate of one of the public or private high schools located in the City of Suffolk or a former senior in an accredited home school program conducted in Suffolk who is then currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university in the United States

 The purpose of the James M. Blair Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one of the scholarship applicants. The annual award will be given for the sole purpose of paying college expenses. 


To be eligible to receive the James M. Blair Memorial Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have financial need
  • Have participated in religious, community or civic activities or in youth and/or school programs
  • Exhibit and be of strong moral character
  • Each scholarship applicant must also be, at the time of the award, a current resident of the City of Suffolk and a graduating senior at one of the public or private high schools located in the City of Suffolk, VA.

The purpose of the Louis and Mary Haddad Foundation Scholarship is to provide an annual award to at least one scholarship applicant. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the attending university, college, or certification program for the sole purpose of paying educational expenses. The current estimated value of the Scholarship is $1,000.00. 

  

Each scholarship applicant must, at the time of the award: 

  1. Be a Suffolk, Virginia, resident.
  2. Provide authorized documentation of a learning disability.
  3. Have declared intention to pursue or continue a college degree or accredited career certification program.
  4. Be a senior in one of Suffolk, Virginia’s high schools.
  5. Demonstrate involvement in either school and community activities, or verification of employment.
  6. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

Submit an essay of 800-1,000 words on the following: How have your learning differences affected your ability to remain focused on your education? How did you overcome this challenge? What are your plans for the next three years? 

The purpose of The Lewis F. Morris Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one scholarship applicant. The scholarship fund will be sent directly to the attending university or college for the sole purpose of paying expenses.

The Scholarship value will be based on the interest earned off of the investments – $500 to $1,000.

Former students of Chuckatuck High School and friends of Lewis F. Morris proudly established the Lewis F. Morris Memorial Scholarship to be presented to a deserving student who follows the example of this former respected teacher, coach and principal. The Suffolk Foundation is honored to have been selected to distribute this worthy scholarship. Mr. Morris, a native of Pound, VA was a teacher, coach, and a principal of Chuckatuck High School from 1952 – 1965. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia and came from a family of educators.

Mr. Morris led by example and was loved by all who knew him. He was a fierce competitor who taught his athletes and other students his highest principles of sportsmanship and fairness. His leadership, friendship, inspiration, dedication, and philosophy that education and discipline will help mold the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow, was our inspiration to learn.

Each scholarship applicant must, at the time of the award:

  • Be a resident of the City of Suffolk
  • Be a home-based senior at King’s Fork High School in the City of Suffolk
  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher
  • Be involved in both school (athletic and extra curricular)and community activities

The Suffolk Foundation is both pleased and honored to have been asked to administer the Col. Fred V. Cherry Scholarship, which was established by Mrs. Margaret W. Reid to honor this highly decorated Vietnam Prisoner of the War. Born (1928) and educated in Suffolk, Virginia, Fred Cherry graduated from Virginia Union University in 1951 and entered the United States Air Force that same year. He attended flight school and completed Jet Fighter Pilot training in 1952. After receiving his wings and completing intensive combat training, he flew more than 50 combat missions over North Korea. During the War in Vietnam, Cherry flew over 52 missions and on his last mission, was shot down on October 22, 1965, and was immediately captured. He remained a prisoner of war until the end of hostilities and the return of our POWs on February, 1973. Fred Cherry retired from the military in 1981, during which time he earned 30 plus military awards and decorations including the Air Force Cross, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts, the Air Force Commendation, the Meritorious Service Award, two President Unit Citations, and a Distinguished Unit Citation. (www. pownetwork.org)

  • Purpose: The purpose of this scholarship shall be to provide recognition and financial assistance to a college-bound, African-American student, graduating from a high school in Suffolk, by providing a non-renewable payment towards the student’s first year educational experience.
  • Amount of Award: The amount of the scholarship will be determined each year by the Investment Committee, based on income from the scholarship’s endowment. (Previous awards range from $1,000 – $3,000)
  • Eligibility and Selection Criteria: African-American Seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.6 are eligible for consideration. Selection of the winner will be based primarily on the applicant’s financial need and demonstrated leadership ability. Grade Point Average may also be considered.
  • Application Procedure: (See Application below)
  • Selection of Scholarship Recipient: The Distribution Committee will select a recipient based upon the above criteria by May 10th of each year.
  • Distribution: Funds will be paid directly to the College or University that the recipient will attend. Verification of College/University enrollment must be received by the Suffolk Foundation prior to any funds being distributed.
  • Term of the Award: The scholarship award will be a one-time award.

   

The purpose of The Allfirst Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one or more scholarship applicants. The scholarship fund will be sent directly to the attending university or college for the sole purpose of paying college expenses.  The current estimated value of the Scholarship is $1,000.00.

Each scholarship applicant must, at the time of the award:

· Be an employee or employee family member of Allfirst Industrial General Construction LLC.

· Have declared intention to pursue or continue a college degree or accredited trade school certification.

· Be a senior in a public high school or enrolled in an accredited college, university, or trade school certification program.

· Demonstrate involvement in either school and community activities, or verification of employment.

· Submit an essay of no more than 500 words explaining how/why receiving the scholarship will impact the recipient and the community.

 The purpose of the DiStasio Health Professions Scholarship is to provide an annual award to at least one scholarship applicant. The scholarship funds will be sent directly to the attending university, college, or certification program for the sole purpose of paying educational expenses. The current estimated value of the Scholarship is $1,000.00.  

  

Each scholarship applicant must, at the time of the award: 

  1. Be a senior in one of Suffolk, Virginia’s public or private high schools.
  2. Be enrolled, or committed to enroll, in a pre-medical college program.
  3. Demonstrate involvement in either school and community activities, or verification of employment.
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.

The purpose of The Suffolk Business Women’s Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one scholarship applicant. The scholarship fund will be sent directly to the attending university or college for the sole purpose of paying college expenses. The current value of the Scholarship is $2,500.00.

Each scholarship applicant must, at the time of the award:

  • Be a female United States citizen and resident of Suffolk, Virginia.
  • Have declared intention to pursue, and enroll in, a full time Business Major Degree program at an accredited college or university.
  • Be a high school senior.
  • Demonstrate involvement in either school and/or community activities, or provide verification of employment.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Submit an essay of 500 – 600 words on the following topic: Choose a female leader who inspires you and write an essay on why you admire her leadership qualities.
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