Students will have until February 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.

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. 


We hope that by including trade school students, students with GEDs, and by eliminating a GPA requirement, we will be able to serve students who are not eligible for as many traditional scholarship opportunities.


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 students seeking their first year of higher education!

Thank You!

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



Submission Deadline:

February 18, 2022

Winners Announced:

April 11, 2022

Awards Luncheon

May 15, 2022