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12 Graduates Awarded $21,250 in Scholarships

The Suffolk Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 12 outstanding recipients of its 2024 college scholarships. The Class of 2024 city-wide will receive $21,250 from the Suffolk Education Foundation – most of them are endowed memorial scholarships. Since 1993, SEF has awarded about a half-million dollars in scholarships to Suffolk students.

 

FUTURE EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIP – The Suffolk Education Foundation awards a $3,000 scholarship to one graduating senior city-wide who plans a career as an educator.

  • The city-wide recipient is BRENDA HOLLOMAN from Lakeland High School. She will be attending Old Dominion University with a goal of teaching elementary school.

 

CROSS FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP - The Cross family established this $1,750 scholarship to honor their parents, Harry Lee and Jean Ritchie. Mr. Cross was chairman of the Suffolk School Board and was a successful realtor; Jean Cross taught in the Suffolk Public School system. One scholarship is awarded to each high school.

  • The Lakeland High School recipient is ALEXIS GRIFFITH, who will be attending University of Virginia to study Nursing

  • The Nansemond River High School recipient is MATTHEW MOUSSO, who will be attending Tidewater Community College in preparation for a career in Fish & Wildlife Management.

  • The King’s Fork High School recipient is JOSIAH PATRICK, who will be attending Randolph-Macon College to study Business Management. The Foundation would also like to recognize Josiah Patrick for his service as the 2023-24 student representative on our board of directors.

 

 

E. TALMADGE DARDEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - Chosen family and friends of Talmadge, who passed away from cancer in 2011, established this $1,500 scholarship in his memory. He was the first principal of King’s Fork Middle School, and this scholarship is given to help students who attended King’s Fork Middle School and plan to major in music, culinary arts, or education.

  • This year’s city-wide recipient is BRENDA HOLLOMAN from Lakeland High School, who will be attending Old Dominion University with a goal of teaching elementary school.
     

MILTON R. LIVERMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Mrs. Shirley Liverman established this $1,500 scholarship to honor her husband.   Dr. Liverman served Suffolk Public Schools for 36 years including 10 years as its Superintendent.  Dr. Liverman was committed to helping young people make a difference in their community and achieve their potential.

  • This year’s city-wide recipient is LAUREN VANN, who will be attending University of Virginia to study neuroscience.

 

GERTRUDE B. PRUDEN FAMILY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP - The Pruden family established this $1,500 scholarship in memory of this local teacher who loved music, art, and drama. 

  • This year’s city-wide recipient is PHARA BYRD, who will be attending University of Virginia to combine engineering and music performance.ng into the future.

G. BLAIR HARRY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - The Harry family established this $1,500 scholarship to honor their father, who was a well- known Suffolk lawyer and judge who passed away in 2005. This scholarship is earmarked for college-bound student athletes.

  • One of this year’s two city-wide recipients EMMA SMITH – active at Lakeland High School in Volleyball & Soccer – plans to keep playing at James Madison University while she studies Human Resource Management.

  • The second city-wide recipient is JaKYRA WOODALL – active at King’s Fork High School in Volleyball – plans to keep playing North Carolina Central University while she studies criminal justice
     

HELEN AND NED FERGUSON ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP - The Ferguson family established this $1,500 scholarship to honor their parents, Ned and Helen.  Both were extremely active in the Suffolk community and Mr. Ferguson was a local attorney.

  • The Lakeland High School recipient is PEYTON CHINN, who will be attending the University of South Carolina to study Nursing.

  • The Nansemond River High School recipient is LAINE MAGRISI, who will be attending the University of South Carolina – Columbia to start her career as a nurse in the U.S. Navy.

  • The King’s Fork High School recipient is PRYDE K-MUTIA, who will be attending University of Virginia to study health sciences.

 

ELLIS E. TEMPLE, SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - The Temple family established this scholarship in 2009 to help a college-bound student athlete and school leader at Lakeland High School. This $1,000 scholarship was first awarded in 2013. Ellis Temple was president of the city-wide Suffolk PTA Council. 

  • This year’s recipient is KALIA ROBERTSON, who will be attending Norfolk State University to study Biology.
     

 

Awards are made following an application process and reviewed by a committee appointed by the Suffolk Education Foundation’s board of directors. Selection criteria include academic achievement, community/school service, and future education and career goals.

 

If you want to learn more about establishing a memorial scholarship with an endowment, please email or call our administrator, Bethanne Bradshaw, at the Suffolk Education Foundation at suffolkef.contact@gmail.com or (757) 237-3249.

 

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of Suffolk Public School students, you can make a contribution to the Suffolk Education Foundation online at suffolkeducationfoundation.org or by mailing your tax-deductible donation to P.O. Box 394, Suffolk VA 23439-0394. Donations are accepted in honor or memory of individuals or in direct support of other initiatives like the Teacher Supply Store, classroom grants, and of course, scholarships.

 

The Suffolk Education Foundation (SEF) was founded in 1993 and received its IRS 501(c)(3) status in the same year. The mission of the Suffolk Education Foundation is to support Suffolk Public Schools by connecting the community’s talents and resources to expand educational opportunities for students and staff. By supporting Suffolk Public Schools, the Foundation is ensuring that the Suffolk community will have talented leaders and citizens long into the future.

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