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The Norfolk Tourism Foundation is proud to support scholarship programs that benefit; high school students interested in continuing education in the culinary arts, college students working to complete their tourism or hospitality degrees, and associates of all ages currently working in the hospitality and tourism industry wanting to advance their career through certification, continuing education or other professional development. The NTF has awarded over $46,000 in scholarships since inception with $8,000 awarded in 2020 thus far.

Education Scholarship

$4,000 scholarships for students currently enrolled in a Hospitality & Tourism program in Norfolk that is awarded over a two year period. Applications are accepted during the Spring semester.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 recipient: Alyssa Boone - Old Dominion University

Culinary Scholarship

The NTF has partnered with the Culinary Institute of Virginia to provide students at Norfolk Public High Schools the opportunity to earn $2,000 scholarships towards a degree in culinary arts. Applications are accepted during the Spring semester of senior year prior to graduation.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients: Dominic Holmes – Lake Taylor High School, Aaliyah Spence – Booker T. Washington High School

Recipients of the Norfolk Tourism Foundation's 2019 scholarships pose with committee officials.  The winners of the 2019 Education Scholarship Foundation pose after receiving their certificate of scholarship.

Professional Development Grant

To bolster the workforce in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry in Norfolk the NTF provides grant opportunities, of up to $1,500 each, to fund fees and/or travel expenses for professional development. The opportunities must aid the advancement of your career in this field through skill development or experience. Candidates must be employed or seeking employment in the city of Norfolk by a company involved with the Hospitality & Tourism Industry. Funds will be applied directly to the program or course, or as a reimbursement to recipient. Grants are awarded on a rolling process based on the availability of funds. Recipients of a grant will be notified as soon as possible after approval. A list of available opportunities is provided.

Application Requirements 

  • Complete and submit the application form below

  • Provide information on the desired professional development opportunity

  • Submit a 500-word essay or a video 2 to 5 minutes in length explaining how you aim to positively impact the Tourism Industry after the completion of the professional development program or course

  • Provide proof of employment, or intent to seek employment, in the Hospitality & Tourism Industry in Norfolk, VA

  • Submit a letter of recommendation from an employer, professor or administrator

  • Submit a written or video testimonial on your experience after completion program or course


To apply, either fill out the application below or click here to print out the application and send to ahelveston@visitnorfolktoday.com.

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