2013 Col. Fred V. Cherry Scholarship Awardee

Gabrielle C. Saunders, Senior at King’s Fork High School

Gabrielle C. Saunders, Senior at King’s Fork High School, Receives the 2013 Colonel Fred V. Cherry Scholarship

It is with great pride the Suffolk Foundation announces the awarding of the $2,000 Colonel Fred V. Cherry Scholarship to Ms. Gabrielle C. Saunders, a senior at King’s Fork High School. The Colonel Cherry Scholarship was established to honor Colonel Cherry, a Suffolk native and a Viet Nam veteran who was captured and held as a Prisoner of War.

In making the selection, the distribution committee reviewed the applicant’s academic performance, extracurricular activities, character, and recommendations. The committee was impressed with Gabrielle’s academic, extra-curricular, co-curricular, and service activities. It was evident Gabrielle is a hard worker as shown by her enrollment in the International Baccalaureate Program and ranking in the top 12% of her class. “Gabby’, as she is known by her classmates, has been both a junior varsity and varsity cheerleader, captained the varsity squad for the past three years, and was selected as the Best All-Around Cheerleader in 2012. She is treasurer of the International Club and Fundraising Chairperson for the Student Council Association.

Gabby has been accepted and will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University next year. The $2,000 scholarship will be sent directly to the University. Congratulations to Gabrielle C. Saunders, a student who has demonstrated a commitment 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 very deserving student and wishes her well in all her future endeavors.