Hampton Roads Community Foundation

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation holds the George D. and Marion Phelps Hamar HRBOR Scholarship. For self-identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) students graduating from high schools in Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk or Virginia Beach, with special emphasis to those who have demonstrated involvement in the LGBT community. Recipients must enroll in a four-year college or university.

Hampton Roads Community Foundation has a proud history. We began in 1950 as The Norfolk Foundation with total donations of $2,350. Despite the city-focused name, we were always regional — giving scholarships and grants across southeastern Virginia to ambitious students and essential nonprofits. Over the past 69 years we have put more than $282 million into action through grants and scholarships — more than $17.5 million just last year.

Two years after our founding, Florence Smith’s estate established in 1952 a remarkable scholarships for Virginia medical students that is going strong today. And, in 1959 we awarded our first big grant of $100,000 to help build a library. In 1987 The Virginia Beach Foundation formed, and in 2010 it merged with The Norfolk Foundation to create the Hampton Roads Community Foundation — our region’s largest grant and scholarship provider.

Whether you are a prospective donor, a current fundholder, a nonprofit staff member, a community leader, a reporter, or a student looking for a scholarship, we’re happy to help you learn more about how to connect with our community foundation.

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101 West Main Street, Suite 4500
Norfolk, VA 23510 US

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