With great pride the Suffolk Foundation announces the awarding of the $2,000 Colonel Fred V. Cherry Scholarship to Ms. Shanice Hardy, a senior at Nansemond River High School. This scholarship was established to honor Colonel Cherry, a Suffolk native and a Vietnam veteran who was captured and held as a Prisoner of War seven and one half years. The Cherry scholarship is being presented by the Suffolk Foundation for the second time. The scholarship had not been presented for the past several years. Therefore, the Suffolk Foundation accepted the responsibility of managing and administering the Colonel Fred V. Cherry Scholarship in July of 2009 and awarded a scholarship last year to a Lakeland High School senior, Desmond McGlone.
In making the selection, the distribution committee reviewed the applicants' academic performance, extracurricular activities, character, and recommendations. The committee was impressed with Shanice in all of these areas. It was evident Shanice is a hard worker, ranking 10th out of a class of 300 with a cumalative grade point average over 4.0. Shanice has been awarded numerous academic honors, such as First Place Future Business Leaders of America Regional Job Interview, lettered as a member of the Academic Challenge Team, and was a Trial Winner in the local Model Judiciary.
The $2,000 scholarship will be sent directly to the University of Virginia, where Shanice will be attending next year. Congratulations to Shanice, a student committed to her studies and doing her best in whatever she undertakes. The Suffolk Foundation is proud to have the opportunity to award the Colonel Fred V. Cherry Scholarship to a deserving student and wishes her well in all his future endeavors.