Applicants will have until MARCH to interview a professional in their intended field of study, and write a 750-1,000 word essay, including a quote from said professional, and provide 1-2 original photos or pieces of original artwork supporting their essay. The essay will relate something about the Hampton Roads area to the subject or trade they plan to study. Examples may include the professional’s success in their field locally, nontraditional route to success, or involvement in community service.

Applicants should send their essay in a .docx file along with their original images by filling out this Google Form.

Winners and select honorable mentions will be published on starting in April. 


Spotlight News Scholarship

The mission of Spotlight News is to create, enhance, and support local independent media through arts- and community-focused journalism in the Hampton Roads area. To this end, we will be offering

3 scholarships of $500 each

to local individuals who plan to begin their course of study at technical school, community college, college or university in Hampton Roads in the fall of 2022!

Thank You!

A huge thanks to the Norfolk Commission for the Arts for their support in making this program possible.



Submission Deadline EXTENDED:

MARCH 18, 2022

Winners Announced:

April 11, 2022

Awards Ceremony

May 15, 2022