Suffolk Business Women’s Scholarship


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.


Award Criteria

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 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.


Application Procedure

  • Submit a completed application form with an official high school transcript including GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
  • Submit two reference letters, preferably one from a high school teacher.


Application, Deadline, and Submission Instructions

You can fill out an application online here beginning February 1. The application must be submitted on or before 12 noon (Eastern Time) on the last business day of March. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. For more information, contact the Foundation staff at or by calling 757-923-9090.


2022 Awardee

Kayleigh McNelis, Isle of Wight Academy

Laurel Jones


2021 Awardee

Kayleigh McNelis, Isle of Wight Academy

Kayleigh McNelis

Isle of Wight Academy

2020 Awardee

Alicia Marie Ray

Isle of Wight Academy

2019 Awardee

Casey Duke

Nansemond River High School

2018 Awardee

Ashley Bido

King’s Fork High School

2017 Awardee

Logan Harrell

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy

2016 Awardee

Emily VanDorn

Suffolk Christian Academy