Norfolk Christian Scholarships

Scholarships for current NCS students:

The Mark Rodriguez Worship Scholarship is given in honor of NCS junior Mark Rodriguez, who went to be with the Lord in 2014, on his way home from Norfolk Christian’s graduation ceremony. Mark relentlessly pursued Jesus and was never happier than when he was leading others into his Savior’s presence through worship. Mark’s story and testimony, as told through his journals, independently inspired two Norfolk Christian alumni to establish an ongoing scholarship that will carry on Mark’s legacy. These two alumni and the class of 1985 have collectively provided over $13,000 towards an endowed scholarship with a goal of a $25,000 endowment to sustain the award annually and benefit future students.

Who is eligible to apply? Any rising NCS 9th – 11th grader who exhibits a heart for leading others in worship. Must be endorsed by the director of fine arts at NCS. Other key attributes of a qualified applicant include: passion, leadership, teach-ability, calling, giftedness, and potential for growth and development.

What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship funds of $500 will cover extracurricular activities, classes, and equipment that enhance the student’s abilities to lead worship at Norfolk Christian and/or pursue future opportunities at the collegiate or professional level. Examples are: worship camp or summer worship internship costs, private instrumental or music lessons, equipment to enhance performance, etc.

The Grace Mutzabaugh Scholarship was established to honor and continue the lasting impact of a teacher’s vocation in the life of their students. Towards this goal the scholarship advances the educational pursuit of our students by providing funds to be applied to the annual tuition of a senior student at Norfolk Christian Schools who has an interest in pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of teaching, especially one seeking to teach at the elementary school level.

Grace Mutzabaugh served as a teacher and later as principal of the Norfolk Christian Lower School in the formative years of the school’s history. She embodied the founding spirit and mission of Norfolk Christian to prepare students as ambassadors for Christ.
In 2013, one of Ms. Mutzabaugh’s former students, Dr. Caralee Capone, and her husband Howard Bethel, established an endowed scholarship to honor Grace Mutzabaugh and others like her who positively impact the lives of the students in their classroom.

Who is eligible to apply? Any NCS junior who has already re-enrolled for their senior year and who has an interest in becoming a teacher.

What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship funds of $1,250 will be applied to the annual tuition at NCS during the student’s senior year. *The student accepting this scholarship also accepts a one-semester internship at one of the Norfolk Christian lower campuses as agreed to with the guidance department and lower school principal. This internship is offered as an elective and will occupy 1-2 blocks per week in the semester chosen.

The Barb Thierry Scholarship aims to honor and continue the lasting impact of a teacher’s vocation on the lives of his or her students. Barb Thierry served as both teacher and principal in her 42 years at Norfolk Christian, serving a few years at our Beach Campus and most of her career at the Norfolk Lower School. Barb was recruited by founder John Dunlap and embraced the founding spirit and mission of Norfolk Christian, as seen by her lifelong dedication to creating young Ambassadors for Christ.
In 2014, an endowed scholarship was established in the name of Barb Thierry by a former student, Dr. Caralee Capone, and her husband Howard Bethel. It is designed to honor Ms. Thierry’s legacy by encouraging Norfolk Christian students in their pursuit of Christian ministry and/or ongoing education at a Christian college or university.

Who is eligible to apply? Any NCS junior who has already re-enrolled for their senior year and who has an interest in a career in Christian ministry OR seeks to attend a Christian college or university.

What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship funds of $1,000 will be applied to the annual tuition at NCS during the student’s senior year.

College scholarships for graduating seniors:

The Cathy Turner Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Cathy H. Turner, a beloved music teacher at Norfolk Christian Schools. Cathy went to be with the Lord in the prime of her life on April 20, 2008. 

Who is eligible to apply? Any graduating senior at NCS who plans to attend a four-year college or university who has a passion for music and wants to pursue fine arts in education beyond high school. Applicants should demonstrate servant leadership and be in pursuit of the highest standard of both personal integrity and academic achievement. Most importantly, they also must have a deep and abiding faith in God.

What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship funds of $1,000 will be sent directly to the student’s college or university t

The Virginia Mae Midkiff Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of a beloved mother and Norfolk Christian teacher. It also leaves a legacy by encouraging students to pursue high academic achievement and embody Matthew 5:16.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Virginia Mae Midkiff served as a teacher of business education courses at Norfolk Christian High School in the 1960s. She embraced Christian education and high academic achievement and embodied Matthew 5:16. She prayed daily that anyone, from students to strangers, who encountered her, would see Jesus in her life. In 2014, a college scholarship was established in memory of Virginia Mae Midkiff by her daughter and alumna, Carolyn Midkiff Strahl ‘69.

Who is eligible to apply? Any graduating senior at NCS who possesses a GPA of at least 3.5, who plans to attend a four-year college or university, and who demonstrates a life that lives out Matthew 5:16.

What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship funds of $750 will be sent directly to the student’s college or university tuition account.

The Jenni Prevette Memorial Scholarship was established by the NCS Class of 1991 to show their love to the family of classmate Jenni Prevette, who was taken in a car accident while in her junior year at Furman University. This college scholarship honors a NCS graduating senior who embodies the qualities of Jenni’s life; excellence in Christian character and academic pursuit and love for the fine arts.

Who is eligible to apply? Any graduating senior at NCS who plans to attend a four-year college or university and who demonstrates high academic achievement, Christian character, and a passion for fine arts.

What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship funds of $500 will be sent directly to the student’s college or university tuition account.

The Doug Sandwell Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor the memory of Dr. Doug Sandwell, who dedicated his entire career to serving at Norfolk Christian schools. He taught in almost every area of education for 20 years before his death, at age 46, in 2015. He served as a shining example to the entire community of a man of steadfast faith, integrity, and honor. He lived a life that glorified God, and his battle with cancer allowed him to serve as a living witness of a life lived in full devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. His example of obedience, humility, integrity, and service inspired students and colleagues alike to honor God in all walks of life.
Who is eligible to apply? Applications are not accepted for this scholarship. Selections will be made based on NCS Faculty and Staff recommendations. It will be awarded to a graduating senior at NCS who lives a life consistent with the principles that Dr. Sandwell taught passionately in his Bible classes and lived out in his daily life.
What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship funds of $1,000 will be sent directly to the student’s college or university tuition account.

College scholarships for NCS alumni or graduating seniors:

Elizabeth “Betty” K. Jones Memorial Scholarship was established by husband Charlie, son Wes, and grandson Gunnar, to honor the memory of Betty by promoting the education of alumni or graduating seniors of Norfolk Christian Schools.

When Wes attended Norfolk Christian Schools, Betty was a classroom mother on several occasions, continually praying for the needs of the school, teachers, families and student body. Betty was a prayer warrior. During the early 1960s, Betty tutored unwed mothers at the Florence Crittenton Home, allowing them to keep up with high school courses. Her sensitivity to helping others was the driving force behind her desire to become a nurse.

Betty graduated with Honors from Old Dominion University School of Nursing in Norfolk, Virginia. Through her life, Betty always carried a heart to provide for the poor and less fortunate. Her kindness and caring always prevailed even though many times her selfless giving left her without. Her comment was, “My Lord always provides.” And He did.

Betty practiced as a nurse at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter and later at the clinic at St. Vincent DePaul Hospital, both in Norfolk. Betty embodied kindness, caring and compassion and became affectionately known to many of her patients as “Miss Betty”. After serving 26 years in several departments, she retired from St. Vincent

DePaul but continued to volunteer in the Norfolk Free Medical Clinic.

Betty taught Sunday school and led Bible studies for the Christian Women’s Club and was an active member of the Sharing Circle for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter. She touched so many lives in the community. Betty was welcomed home on January 28, 2016, by her Lord, Jesus Christ, whom she loved and shared in her lifetime.

Who is eligible to apply? The scholarship will be awarded on a competitive basis each year to an NCS alumnus or current graduating senior who meets the following criteria:

  •  A 3.2 GPA or higher and is in good standing with their current academic institution. 
  •  Has applied and been accepted to an institution offering post-secondary education studies and fully intends to earn a post-secondary bachelor of science in nursing degree. The awardee must send NCS the acceptance letter in order to receive the scholarship funding. NCS alumni who have already been admitted to a BSN program can receive the scholarship for their upcoming semester. NOTE: Graduating seniors may apply, but no funds will be sent until they are admitted into a BSN program, which typically happens towards the end of their sophomore year of college, at a 4-year institution. The student is responsible for notifying NCS when this occurs. 
  •  Online RN to BSN programs do not qualify. The student must attend class in a face-to-face format. 
  •  Elizabeth “Betty” K. Jones Memorial nursing scholars are expected to conduct themselves in a way that brings honor to themselves, Norfolk Christian Schools and above all, Jesus Christ and may be immediately terminated should the student be dismissed from their program for academic or disciplinary reasons. 

What does the scholarship cover? The scholarship award payment of $2,500 will be paid directly to a student’s tuition account at a 4-year college or university where the student has been accepted into the bachelor of science in nursing program.