Applications are now available for the first Dr. Michael Priest Scholarship.

This scholarship will be awarded to the college-bound Virginia sports person who best exemplifies not only outstanding athletic prowess, but also sportsmanship, individual contribution to their team or teams, community involvement and academic excellence.

This scholarship was created in honor of the late Dr. Michael Bedford Priest, a standout scholar and collegiate athlete who graduated from Halifax County High School.

Thanks to overwhelming public generosity, the amount of the scholarship has been increased to $3,000 with the possibility of renewal for up to four years.

The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors pursuing secondary education. Applicants do not need to be pursuing sports in college to apply. For more information and application instructions, visit www.michaelpriest.org. All applications must be received by April 7.

There is no fee.