Financial aid to support a four-year college education will be awarded on an annual basis to at least one student from the state of Virginia who embodies all the good for which D.A. stood.

The scholarship will be administered and managed logistically by The Hampton Roads Community Foundation in Norfolk, VA, under the following guidelines as written by the Board of the D.A. Taylor Charitable Foundation:

The late D.A. Taylor believed that the best way for an individual to improve him or herself is to obtain a well-rounded education, preparing each person to become a productive member of society who could make lasting and positive contributions to his or her community. In memory of D.A. Taylor, the purpose of the fund shall be to provide scholarships for students attending high schools in South Hampton Roads who are in need of financial aid for post-secondary education at a four-year college or university. An applicant should display the qualities exhibited by D.A. Taylor, such as strong leadership and academic abilities, involvement in extra curricular activities, a commitment to helping others, and overall excellence inside and outside of the classroom.

James Lee (2013)

We are pleased to announce that James Lee from Princess Anne High School was selected as this year's scholarship recipient. James is attending Old Dominion University where he would like to major in computer science. While in high school, he was involved in a number of groups and held leadership positions in Future Business Leaders of America and DREAM (Determination, Respect, Eagerness, Attitude, Motivation). He was captain of his varsity basketball team and maintained a 3.6 grade point average. The leadership activity most important to him is being a leader in the Youth Community Service auxiliary at Enoch Baptist Church where he mentors youth. He says in his application that what sets him apart is his drive "for greatness and [his] desire and passion to help people."

Andrew Stone (2012)

Andrew is a 2012 graduate of Green Run High School where he showed exceptional promise in all aspects of his time there. He was a member of the golf, baseball, and wrestling teams, participated in honor societies, and joined the business club. He also complete seven college-level placement courses and served as the the president of the city-wide student government. This fall he'll matriculate at Virginia Tech.

In summarizing his high school experience, Andrew says: "Get involved. It teaches you life lessons. The friends you make and the memories you have - you'll never forget. It's just an awesome, awesome feeling. I've gotten a huge boost of confidence.... I've loved every minute of high school."

Jean-Luc Ford (2011)

This year's scholarship award recipient is Jean-Luc Ford from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach. He is attending Virginia Tech. Jean Luc was lead attorney for the Model Judiciary in his Legal Studies Academy and was president of the Spanish Club and DECA, a marketing club. In fact, he has held leadership positions in almost all the clubs in which he participated. In addition, he coordinated an event at his school to combat teen depression and suicide and was chair of his school's Relay for Life committee.

His guidance counselor says "I am so impressed by Jean Luc's commitment, his positive attitude, his ability to overcome obstacles, his resilience and his compassion." His Legal Studies Academy Administrator had this to say: "He is a role model of the finest degree. Jean Luc is going to make amazing contributions to our society. The Scholarship Committee could not choose a finer candidate.He wants to one day attend law school.

Nikko Tanap (2010)

Nikko Tanap is a recent graduate of Landstown High School. This fall he will matriculate at Virginia Tech to study Electrical Engineering. At Landstown, he was commanding officer of his Navy Junior ROTC unit, was captain of the Varsity Golf team and played Varsity Soccer all while writing for the school’s literary art magazine. He was ranked 6th in his class of over 500 with a grade point average of 4.1. His guidance counselor wrote, “With Nikko you get one hundred percent commitment. He never gives up.” We are proud to offer this year's D.A. Taylor memorial scholarship to Nikko.

Jaclyn Smith (2009)

Jaclyn Smith, a recent graduate and valedictorian of Green Run High School, was this year's D.A. Taylor Memorial Scholarship winner. A member of the National Honor Society and a Brickell Scholar, Jaclyn plans to attend James Madison University to pursue a degree in graphic design. At Green Run, Jaclyn was active in the Student Cooperative Association and became its Vice President. She was also captain of the gymnastics team and cheerleading squad. Jaclyn is the first in her family ever to attend college.

Vernell A. Woods, III (2008)


Vernell A. Woods, III is 7th in his class at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk with a 4.2 grade point average. He is captain of both the wrestling team and the debate team, participates in the academic challenge team, chess club and Key Club. He is an officer in both the school and state chapters of the Technology Students Association and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

This truly impressive young man plans to major in computer engineering at Georgia Tech.

Ricardo Boulware (2007)


Ricardo Boulware, a senior at Great Bridge High School, had a GPA of 4.38 and will attend Virginia Tech. He intends to major in education and Spanish. He has held leadership positions such as Lt. Governor of the Key Club, senior class president, and Youth Advisory Board member. His academic abilities have been recognized in membership in the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He was also active on the varsity cross country and varsity tennis teams.