The purpose of the Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship is to provide an annual award to one or more scholarship applicants. The annual award will be given for the sole purpose of paying college expenses. The Scholarship will be a grant awarded to three qualified candidates and will be sent directly to the college or university, once enrollment has been verified. The scholarship amount will be based on the interest earned on the invested funds. The current value of the scholarship is $5,000.
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About Howard Mast
Numerous students, friends, co-workers, and fellow citizens, all of whose lives were enhanced by their association with Howard D. Mast, have generously given to establish, in his memory, the Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship. Howard D. Mast passed away on October 27, 2006. Mr. Mast had previously served the City of Suffolk and its citizens as Director of Parks and Recreation from 1949 until 1966, coached the first tennis team at Virginia Wesleyan College, served as facilities engineer at Norfolk State University, coached the Nansemond River High School boys’ tennis team, organized and directed the Suffolk Tennis Association, presided over both the Virginia and Mid-Atlantic Tennis Associations, and, for decades, served as mentor, teacher, coach, and friend to countless citizens, young and old, in the City of Suffolk and beyond.
During his entire life, Howard Mast tirelessly promoted the game of tennis among youth and adults in the City of Suffolk, the State, and the Mid-Atlantic Region. He positively and profoundly affected the lives of countless young people in their development as tennis players, as athletes in other sports, and as good citizens of the community. Throughout his life, he exhibited unwavering loyalty and dedication to his family, his friends, his community, and the institution and people he served.
For the above reasons, with great honor and pride, The Suffolk Foundation is proud to announce the establishment of the annual Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship.
Each scholarship applicant must be, at the time of the award, a current resident of the City of Suffolk and either:
- A graduating senior at one of the public or private high schools located in the City of Suffolk or a senior in an accredited home school program conducted in Suffolk.
- A former graduate of one of the public or private high schools located in the City of Suffolk, or formerly a senior in an accredited home school program conducted in Suffolk who is then currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university in the United States.
The Award Committee shall consider and make its recommendation based on the following criteria.
- Financial need
- Participation in sport/s at the Applicant’s high school, college or university, as applicable
- Personal characteristics exemplifying the character of Howard D. Mast, including, but not limited to, honesty, integrity, strong moral fiber, diligence, sportsmanship, and perseverance
- Involvement in community, religious, or civic affairs
2016: Joshua Bush, King’s Fork High School
2016: Arielle Reyes, King’s Fork High School
2015: Kristina Super, King’s Fork High School
2014: Destanie Fonoimoana, King’s Fork High School
2013: Casey J. Wood, Nansemond River High School
2012: Elizabeth Brothers Dolan, Nansemond-Suffolk Academy
2011: Taylor Anne Young, Lakeland High School
2010: Rebecca Jean Warren, Lakeland High School
2009: Daria Godunova, Nansemond River High School
2008: Juan Lascano, Nansemond River High School
Scholarship application, deadline, and Submission Instructions
Scholarship applications will be available at all public and private high schools in the City of Suffolk no later than February 1 of each year. Anyone home schooled or currently enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university in the United States may request an application direct from the Suffolk Foundation. Once the application has been completed the application may be electronically or physically delivered to the Suffolk Foundation but must be received no later than the last business day of March. Applications received after 12 noon on the last work day of March will not be considered.
Beginning February 1, you can fill out an application online here, or call (757) 923-9090 to have an application mailed to you.
U.S. Post Mail Address for Application Submission:
110 West Finney Avenue, Suite 100
Suffolk, VA 23434