Graduate, Medical & Theological Scholarships

Scholarships help graduate, medical & theological students


Tara Welch Gallagher Environmental Scholarship

Each year the Tara Welch Gallagher Environmental Scholarship is available for a graduate student from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District's service area studying environmental health, environmental chemistry, biology, civil engineering or environmental engineering at a public Virginia university.

Note: Formerly named the Hampton Roads Sanitation District Scholarship, this scholarship was renamed in 2020 as a tribute to Tara Welch Gallagher, a City of Virginia Beach engineer in the Public Works Department who lost her life in the tragic shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on May 31, 2019.

Congratulations! You've chosen a key focus for your advanced studies and your profession. We hope we can help you ease some of your financial costs of graduate school.

Charitable people across Hampton Roads have supported graduate, medical and theological scholarships through the Hampton Roads Community Foundation since 1950. We administer scholarships for studies in a number of fields or for students at certain colleges or from specific places.

Here are three examples of the variety of advanced studies scholarships we administer:

  • Alice Jaffe started a scholarship in 1994 in memory of her husband Louis, a Norfolk editorial page editor with a passion for equal rights. The Louis I. Jaffe scholarship helps Norfolk State University alumni to attend graduate school at any college or university.
  • Florence Smith left a bequest in 1952 to start a scholarship for long-time Virginia students that is going strong today for students in the medical doctor programs at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Eastern Virginia Medical School.
  • Dr. Gwendolyn Moss started a scholarship in 2014 in memory of her mother Rev. Dr. Joyce G. Moss that is for students at Richmond Virginia Seminary or Regent University School of Divinity.

Thanks to generous donors who believe in education we've been able to distribute more than $20 million in scholarships since 1950 -- more than $1.46 million for the 2019-20 school year alone.

If we're able to grant you a graduate school scholarship in the coming year, you'll be one of 400+ students in U.S. colleges and universities being helped by one of our donors in the coming academic year.

The best way for that to happen is to read our list of Graduate, Medical & Theological Scholarships and then How to Apply. And, don't forget to review Scholarship Resources & FAQ.

Good luck!

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