Applications for the first Helen P. Shropshire Human Rights Memorial Scholarship are being accepted now through Feb. 15 by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission. The scholarship is in memory of Shropshire, a founding member of the commission and a lifetime human rights advocate and educator.
The scholarship committee will evaluate applicants based on community involvement, academic achievement, exemplary citizenship, written essay and endorsement letters. The scholarship recipient will be honored at the commission’s annual Awards Program on March 21 and will receive a $2,000 scholarship for books, tuition or other course-related fees.
Eligible applicants must reside in the City of Virginia Beach and be a current high school senior (public, private or home school) who demonstrates an affinity for community service and contributes to the promotion of human rights that benefit Virginia Beach residents.
An application form must be submitted with the required essay, as well as two letters of endorsement. For more details and to obtain a scholarship application, visit www.VBgov.com/hrc or call the city Department of Human Resources at (757) 385-1158. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, via email, mail or hand delivery. Email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail to Department of Human Resources, c/o Human Rights Commission, 2424 Courthouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23456. Or hand deliver to Municipal Center Building 18, Room 106.