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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 $2,000.


Award Criteria

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

  • Be a female, a United States citizen, and a resident of Suffolk.
  • Plan to enroll full-time in a degree program in the fall 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, Deadline, and Submission Instructions

The Suffolk Business Women’s Scholarship utilizes the Suffolk Foundation’s common scholarship application form, which opens online on February 1, 2024. The application must be submitted online before the deadline of 5:00 pm, March 22, 2024. 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