Nominating period for Virginia State Hall of Fame’s Student Athlete Achievement Awards opens

Courtesy Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for its 2022 Student Athlete Achievement Awards scholarships. The nominating period opened Monday, August 1, and will run through Friday October 21 at 5 p.m. The Hall of Fame is looking for junior and senior student-athletes attending Virginia high schools that excel academically, and engage in their communities. Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Attend high school in Virginia (public or private) 
  • Be a junior or senior during the ’22 – ’23 academic year 
  • Letter in at least 1 VHSL/VISAA sanctioned sport 
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. 

Student-athletes may nominate themselves, or be nominated by a family member, coach, administrator, or mentor. 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, athletic and civic. At least one letter of recommendation, and a personal essay from the student are required to complete the nomination process.

Nominations and all supporting documents can be submitted through the online application, which can be found at They can also be mailed direct 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

All nominations must be received by Friday October 21. Once all nominations are received, the Student Athlete Achievement Awards selection committee will choose the finalists for the scholarship awards. The scholarship winners will be announced during a reception to be held in Norfolk, VA in January 2023. Date and time are TBD.

In 2021, the Hall of Fame awarded $12,000 in scholarships to 16 student-athletes from Virginia; eleven girls and five boys. Four Student-Athletes of the Year each received a $1,500 scholarship from the Hall of Fame: 

  • Zella Bailey, 12th grade, Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Chris-Ann Nelson, 12th grade, Meadowbrook High School, North Chesterfield, VA
  • Ella Valente, 12th grade, Potomac Falls High School, Sterling, VA
  • Tobin Yates, 12th grade, Western Albemarle High School, Crozet, VA

The remaining 12 finalists were each presented with a $500 scholarship award.

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

About the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Since 1972, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame has been proud to honor Virginia’s contributions to the world of sports. As the Commonwealth’s official hall of fame, our mission is to honor athletic excellence, serve as a nonprofit resource highlighting philanthropy through sports, while inspiring sports fans through programming and engaging entertainment. 



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