Endowed Scholarships

Endowed Scholarships

Since 1965, 465 students have benefited from the more than $1.7 million from the TBA Scholarship Foundation thanks to our generous Scholarship House builders, as well as to the industry leaders listed below who have personally made significant contributions.


William J HearringWilliam J. Hearring

William J. Hearring was born and raised in South Hampton Roads. He graduated from Princess Anne High School and Virginia Tech.

He began his career teaching and later entered the banking profession before establishing Hearndon Construction in Chesapeake.

William was known for his generosity and community spirit.



Howard M. and Nancye C. Weisberg

Howard M. and Nancye C. Weisberg have retired to Naples, Fla.

Before retiring, Howard helped found the TBA Scholarship Foundation in 1965, built the first scholarship house and funded the first scholarship apartment.

He also helped to establish Clark Whitehill Enterprises in Virginia Beach, which is now operated by his son Michael Newsome.



Lee A. Gifford

Lee A. Gifford was born in Poland and immigrated to the United States with his family as a young boy.

His name is synonymous with Haygood, which is one of the areas that he developed in Virginia Beach.

Upon his death in 1997, he made provisions to establish the first endowed scholarship at TBA.



Sherman Reece

Sherman Reece and his wife Nancy recently made a generous donation to the TBA Scholarship Foundation to help young deserving students be able to attend college.

Sherman began Superior Equipment Sales in Chesapeake many years ago and has been a longtime TBA member and supporter of the building community.