|Tidewater Builders Association President Sam Cohen (back row, third from left) and Scholarship Foundation Chairman Michael Newsome, (back row, right) presented awards to (front row, from left) Allison Lee, Virginia Beach; Tiffany Brandon, Chesapeake; Chasity Hunt, Franklin; Kristin Jones, Eastville; (back row) Malique Rayford, Virginia Beach; Daniel Perry, Virginia Beach; Nehemiah Harrison, Virginia Beach, and Shohreh Kahhal, Norfolk. Missing from the photo are Chrisa Cook and Nickole Medel of Virginia Beach.
Ten local high school students and three schools were awarded a total of $40,750 from the Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation at an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 31, at Tidewater Builders Association in Chesapeake.
Four scholarships were awarded for academic excellence, community service and financial need. Five students and three high schools received awards from the annual Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition. A special one-time scholarship was awarded to a student in a Chesapeake AVID program.
The following academic scholarship recipients each received a $7,500 four-year scholarship:
- Chasity Hunt, Franklin High School, Franklin, received the Howard M. & Nancye C. Weisberg Scholarship. She plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a degree in pharmaceutical medicine.
- Kristin Jones of Northampton High School, Eastville, was awarded the Sherman and Nancy Reece Scholarship. Kristin will be attending the University of Mary Washington and plans to major in biology.
- Shohreh Kahhal of Maury High School, Norfolk, was awarded the William J. Hearring Memorial Scholarship. Shohreh will be attending the University of Virginia where she plans to study architecture and pre-medicine.
- Nickole Medel of Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, was awarded the Lee A. Gifford Memorial Scholarship. She plans to study pre-medicine at The College of William & Mary.
Tiffany Brandon of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake received a $1,000 scholarship for her achievements since middle school in the public school system’s Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, a college readiness system. Tiffany plans to attend Virginia Wesleyan College.
A talent for design
Forty-five students entered the Young Designers’ Scholarship Competition, for high school students interested in drafting, architecture or home building. A $2,000 first-place scholarship, $1,500 second-place scholarship and $1,000 third-place scholarship were awarded. First honorable mention received $750 and second honorable mention received $500.
The competition’s four judges were local architect and building professionals. The awardees are:
- Daniel Perry of the Advanced Technology Center and Salem High School, Virginia Beach, won the first-place award.
- Malique Rayford of the Advanced Technology Center and Tallwood High School, Virginia Beach, won the second-place award.
- Allison Lee of Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, won the third-place award.
- Chrisa Cook of the Advanced Technology Center and Bayside High School, Virginia Beach, won the first honorable mention.
- Nehemiah Harrison of Advanced Technology Center and Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, won the second honorable mention.
A $3,000 grant went to Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, for submitting the most entries, and Hickory High School, Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center, Virginia Beach, tied for a $1,000 grant for submitting the second-most entries. The grants are designed to increase interest in the design competition by providing funds for classroom equipment and supplies.
In attendance at the program were: Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff; Virginia Beach Public Schools Superintendent Dr. James Merrill; Northampton County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Clemons; Chesapeake Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Dr. Patricia Powers; Franklin High School Principal Dr. Rodney Berry; Senior Coordinator of School Counseling and Guidance Department for Norfolk Public Schools Dr. Jannette Martin; Director of the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center Mike Taylor; Virginia Beach Public Schools Coordinator of Trade and Industrial Education Dr. Charles Hurd; and Chesapeake Public Schools Career and Technical Education Supervisor Dr. Johnny Moye.
Since 1965, the Scholarship Foundation has awarded 433 scholarships and a total of $1,7 million. TBA will continue to provide scholarship funding during the 2012-13 academic year to 20 other past recipients.