Program Overview

The York County NxLevel Scholarship Program is a partnership of the York County Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Office of Economic Development and the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (HRSBDC). The program was created to encourage York County's business owners and entrepreneurs to attend the HRSBDC's NxLevel course, a 12-session, 15-week national entrepreneurial training program that helps entrepreneurs learn the skills needed to create and strengthen successful business ventures. NxLevel addresses the special needs of entrepreneurs by providing a practical, hands-on approach to developing a small business, whether just starting out or ready to grow.

To sign up for the NxLevel course, visit the Hampton Roads Small Business Web Portal, or contact Debra Farley at 757-865-3126.

Scholarship Details

This program awards matching scholarships only, on a first-come, first-served basis, to York County residents or businesses. The EDA offers 50% matching scholarships to any York County business or citizen who successfully completes the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center's NxLevel Course. The total cost of the class is $400 - $600 (Currently $200 for veterans), so scholarships are typically in the amount of $200 - $300 ($100 for veterans) and are awarded on an individual basis upon request.

Scholarship Amount

Scholarships are 50% of total class costs up to $300 per business.

Qualification Criteria

Businesses must have a current York County Business License or entrepreneur must currently live in York County.

Application Process

  1. Applicant submits a scholarship request letter via email, fax (757-890-6670), mail (York County Economic Development, P.O. Box 612, Yorktown, VA 23690), or in person (224 Ballard Street in Historic Yorktown). Letter must include:
    • Applicant's name
    • Business name
    • York County address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Class dates
    • Total class cost
  2. Staff will acknowledge receipt of application.
  3. Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis by the York County EDA.
  4. Staff will inform applicant of the decision.
  5. If approved, the applicant must pay for the class in full and successfully complete the course.
  6. Once the course is successfully completed, the applicant must request that HRSBDC staff notify the York County EDA in writing.
  7. York County Economic Development staff will then provide grant payment to the applicant.


Submit scholarship request letter via:
  • Email
  • Fax: 757-890-6670
  • Mail:
    York County Economic Development
    P.O. Box 612
    Yorktown, VA 23690
  • In person:
    York County Economic Development
    224 Ballard St.
    Yorktown, VA 23690