Honor and John Johnson Collegiate Scholarship

The Program:
The Honor and John Johnson (HJJ) Collegiate Scholarship assists eligible SCNV members who are graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue college full-time at an accredited institution during the upcoming academic year. Each scholarship is intended to honor a skater who represents SCNV and has shown dedication to the sport of figure skating through testing, competing, and/or  maintaining a skating training regimen, and who sets consistent standards of good citizenship and sportsmanship, while achieving academically. The HJJ Collegiate Scholarship program is also intended to promote long-­term membership in SCNV and to encourage figure skating after high school. All correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below.

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  • Be a Primary Member (full or associate) of SCNV in the current year and the two previous years;
  • Demonstrate club commitment as a figure skater, such as subscribing to Club Ice, participating in Junior Board, or participating with Virginia Ice Theatre or National Blades teams;
  • Be a member in good standing with U.S. Figure Skating;
  • Be a high school graduating senior; and
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-­year or four-­year college, university or vocational-­technical school for the entire upcoming academic year.

Application Requirements: (1) Application form (2) High School Transcript (cumulative through 7th semester), and a 500 – 750 word essay on what skating has taught you.

Essay topic description: the applicant must write an essay consisting of 500 to 750 words that describes a lesson or lessons learned from his/her skating experience that can be applied to other areas of the skater’s life, past, present and potential future implications.

Interested students must submit the complete application form, essay and a current and complete transcript of grades which includes the 7th semester (first semester of the senior year) to SCNV Awards Committee submitted online no later than TBA, 2024.

Please check next year for the 2023-2024 scholarship application.

2022-2023 – Collegiate Scholarship Award Recipients

Olivia Smith Julia Velculescu Sofia Velculescu

2021-2022 – Collegiate Scholarship Award Recipients

Lexi Adelstein Mai Friedman Megan Oria Amelia Watson

2020-2021 – Collegiate Scholarship Award Recipients

Sydney Dondes Kaitlin Molloy Matthew P. Sperry Alexandra Wu

Authority and Selection Process

The Board of Directors shall have final authority over the selection of recipients and the amount each shall realize from the Collegiate Scholarship.

The Board shall provisionally decide the total dollar amount of scholarships in January of each year based on the projected financial position of the club and the size of the potential pool of applicants. The Board shall finalize their decision in March based on the report of the Treasurer.

The SCNV HJJ Collegiate Scholarship Selection Committee (hereinafter “Selection Committee”) shall be chaired by a SCNV member selected by the Board of Directors. The Selection Committee shall be composed of a total of five members: a minimum of two Board members and maximum of three Board members. The remaining seats shall be filled by non-Board adult primary members (hereinafter “outside members”). No member of the Selection Committee shall have a close family member as an applicant for the Collegiate Scholarship during the current selection process. The Selection Committee’s five members will comprise a diverse group representing multiple disciplines of figure skating.

The Selection Committee shall review all applications submitted by the March 31st deadline. The Selection Committee shall rank all candidates based on a balance of the following criteria: dedication to the sport of figure skating demonstrated by testing and competing, high standards of good citizenship, sportsmanship and leadership demonstrated by responses to application questions, and a required 500 – 750 word essay that describes a lesson or lessons learned from his/her skating experience that can be applied to other areas of the skater’s life, past, present and potential future implications. Each candidate will also submit high school transcripts (or home school alternatives) for evaluation. The 100-point rubric below shall be used to calculate a score for each candidate. The Selection committee will make a recommendation for all or any of the candidates to receive scholarships in the same or varying amounts depending on the number and quality of the candidates. This recommendation should include the rubric score (or average score if committee members score separately) for each candidate.

The Selection Committee Chair shall present the Selection Committee’s recommendations at the May Board meeting. All decisions concerning the dispersal of funds from the Collegiate Scholarship fund must be made at a board meeting with the affirmative vote of the majority of the entire board.

The total amount dispersed shall not be limited to the current assets of the Collegiate Scholarship Fund. Should the Collegiate Scholarship Fund be terminated, all residual funds will be spent in a final scholarship grant.

The Collegiate Scholarship Fund, or any portion of it, may be placed in an interest-bearing account for any length of time. These guidelines may be amended by the affirmative vote of the majority of the entire Board of Directors.

Award recipients can request deferment of the award monies for a period up to one year in the case of a delay of starting collegiate studies. The Board must approve deferral by vote.

The scholarship(s) shall be awarded at the SCNV Annual Banquet.


SCNV reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

Scoring Metrics for Scholarship Application and Essay (100 point scale)

The following metrics will be used by the collegiate scholarship committee to assess each candidate’s application. Applicants should use these metrics as a guide when preparing their full application.