Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Nominating Period Opens for Virginia Sports HOF Student-Athlete Achievement Awards

(Courtesy of Virginia Sports Hall of Fame)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame has announced it is now accepting nominations for its 2023 Student Athlete Achievement Awards scholarships for high school senior student-athletes in Virginia that “excel academically and engage in their communities.”

According to the organization, nominees must meet the following criteria: 

  • Attend high school in Virginia (public or private) 
  • Be a senior during the 2023-24 academic year 
  • Letter in at least one VHSL/VISAA-sanctioned sport 
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. 

Student-athletes may nominate themselves, or be nominated by a family member, coach, administrator, or mentor, the Hall of Fame said. Individuals completing the nomination will be asked to include details and references that support the student’s achievements in each of the areas of focus; academic, civic, and athletic. At least one letter of recommendation and a personal essay from the student are required. 

In 2022, the Hall of Fame said it awarded $15,750 in scholarships to sixteen student athletes from Virginia: ten girls and six boys. Five Student-Athletes of the Year each received a $1,500 scholarship from the Hall of Fame: 

  • Henry Bearden from The Steward School in Richmond 
  • Audrey Czarnecki from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria 
  • Addison Froehlich from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach 
  • Luke Kielbasa from Western Albemarle High School in Crozet 
  • Savanna Miller from Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake 

The remaining eleven finalists were each presented with a $750 scholarship award.

The 2023 nominating period is open from Monday, Aug. 7 through Friday, Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. The selection committee will then choose the finalists for the scholarship awards. Scholarship winners will be announced during a scholarship awards reception in early 2024.

Nominations and supporting documents may be submitted through the online application, which can be found at or mailed directly to the Hall of Fame’s administrative office:

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
c/o Student Athlete Achievement Awards
283 Constitution Dr., Ste. 303
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

For more information on the nominating process and eligibility requirements, visit or contact Salima Ramos, 

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