Thursday, February 2, 2023

More than $100K in scholarships awarded to WJCC seniors

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Williamsburg Community Foundation)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of Williamsburg Community Foundation)

The Williamsburg-James City County Scholarship Fund at the Williamsburg Community Foundation selected 77 students this year to receive scholarships.

The W-JCC Scholarship Fund awarded more than $105,000 to graduating seniors of Lafayette, Jamestown, and Warhill High schools.

Now in its 46th year, this is the highest amount ever awarded by the fund, according to a news release from the foundation.

A virtual award video took the place of the traditional awards ceremony.

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,100 in value, and can be used for post-high school education including 2-and 4-year schools.

Scholarships were awarded in consideration of these factors: curriculum difficulty, class rank, extra-curricular activities, application essay, and financial need. Many scholarships are created in honor or memory of a loved one.

These named scholarships have particular criteria such as interest in science/tech/engineering/math (STEM), music or performing arts, health-related fields, business, law or community service.

Several scholarships are for students who have a strong financial need or may be the first in their family to go to college, according to the foundation.

The scholarship recipients will attend a variety of schools, including the College of William & Mary, Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Christopher Newport University, Thomas Nelson Community College, George Mason University, Clemson University, North Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, Columbia University, Boston University, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt University and Brigham Young University.

Here’s the list:

  • Joshua Ammons: George “Mickey” Brooks Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Hunter Ammons: Swain Family Engineering Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Zachary Barbarji: Community Service Scholarship( Lafayette)
  • Stuart Beach: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Hugh Brenner: Beard Ray Freed Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Justin Bramble: Margaret Karene O’Hare Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Madeline Brown: Ann and James Yankovich Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Megan Buffkin: Register-Sharp Citizen Scholar Award (Jamestown)
  • Campbell Burden: Eloise Agee Honorary Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Fiona Bush: Andrea Sartain Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Esther McKenna: Campbell Bette Williams Birthday Club Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Kailey Carvajal: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Andrew Chaikin: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Katelyn Cooprider: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Magdalena Costanzo Legacy Financial Group (Warhill)
  • Allison Crookston: Blanche Koch Brooks Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Lela Davis: George “Mickey” Brooks Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Elizabeth Diaz: Shirley B. Brooks Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Katrina Early: Shirley B. Brooks Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Martin Egbo: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Jacynda Ellison: Cynthia Willer Frezek Nursing Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Tyler Ende: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Sophie Freiling: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Timothy Gillen: Cheyne Elliott Memorial JCC Baseball Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Ashleigh Glessner: TowneBank Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Jasson Gutierrez: Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg (Warhill)
  • Abigail Hamel: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Sydney Harris: Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg (Lafayette)
  • Alexa Herndon: Charles H. Koch, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Nolan Herndon: Geoffrey H. Boerner Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Peyton Herndon: Jamestown High School PTSA Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Adrianna Hughes: Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg (Jamestown)
  • Sorenna Jean: Dan Stimson Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Sarah Jones: Chesapeake Bank Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Samantha Keener: Bruce K. and Joan H. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Shahrbanoo Khairandish: Trevor Times Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Michel Kotoff-Rizzo: Joann Bierenbaum Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Olivia Laubscher: JBH Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Adam Leschinger: Lafayette High School PTSA Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Melanie Lindblom: Frank Davis Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Sophia Liu: Friends of Green Spring Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Camden Lunsford: Julia Everts & Mark Greenawalt Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Diana Marcheschi: TowneBank Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Madison McCormick: George “Mickey” Brooks Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Keri McCourt: Henry S. Branscome, Sr. Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Jack Mingo: AP Calculus in Honor of Merle Powell (Jamestown)
  • Lauren Montgomery: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Leo Murphy: John Tregilgas Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Meher Narielvala: Michael S. Herman Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Madison Nerenberg: Lawrence Weintraub Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Jacob Oman: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Kristine Park: TowneBank Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Sunjal Patel Michael S. Herman Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Teagan Perozek: Swain Family Basketball High Scholastic Achievement (Lafayette)
  • Nathan Preston: Warhill High School PTSA Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Kevin Qi: Charles H. Koch, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Andrew Ramos: Cheyne Elliott Memorial JCC Baseball Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Andrew Robles-Hinckley: Nick Paszkiewicz (class of 2008) Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Katherine Sandoval-Herrera: Lennarz Family Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Kelly Schisa: Jane L. and Robert B. Taylor Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Lena Shelly: Rose P. Rose Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Jessica Shi: WCF Scholarship Endowment (Jamestown)
  • Erin Shivers: Performing Arts Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Lisa Small: Stockmeyer Family Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Brandon Sutton: Mike & Amy Watson Workforce Credentials (Warhill)
  • Mackenzie Vivian: Fannye Scruggs Rorer, RN Nursing Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Levy Vo: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Shelton Ware: Shirley B. Brooks Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Gabriela Watson: Jean Brown Fisk Memorial Scholarship (Warhill)
  • Brenna Weber-Smith: Parke S. Rouse, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Martha Wilding: Kathleen O’Hare Doster Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Dylan Williams: Williamsburg Community Foundation Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Maya Willis: Paula Kirtland Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Sonya Woo: Marjorie C. Joseph Memorial Scholarship (Lafayette)
  • Caden Wright: Larry Dowdy Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)
  • Taeja Zubillaga: Charles H. Koch, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (Jamestown)


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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