Juanita and Wilson Chambers Scholarship


To promote continuing education by awarding scholarships for any course of study at institutions of higher education to individuals who demonstrate academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, financial need and desire. These institutions may include technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges/universities.


The Juanita and Wilson Chambers Scholarship Program was established in July 2005. It is dedicated to the memory of Juanita Coles Chambers and Wilson Chambers, Jr., for their tireless efforts to the educational community of Hopewell.

Juanita Coles Chambers was a life-long resident of Hopewell. She graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School in 1949 as the class valedictorian. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education and her master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Virginia State University. Mrs. Chambers worked in the Hopewell Public School System for over 50 years. She was a respected and well-liked teacher for many years. She also served as a school principal and was the supervisor of secondary education when she retired in 1988. Mrs. Chambers worked diligently for the school system by serving on Hopewell’s School Board until 2010. Wilson Chambers, Jr. was also dedicated to the education of Hopewell’s children. Mr. Chambers grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also received his master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Virginia State University. He worked as a teacher and administrator for 32 years. In addition, Mr. Chambers taught drivers’ education on a part-time basis for a number of years, and many students remember him fondly as the person who patiently taught them to drive. Upon his retirement, Mr. Chambers served as the director of student services for Hopewell Public Schools.


This $1,000 scholarship is available to seniors attending Hopewell High School. Student interns working for John Randolph Foundation are eligible to apply; however, foundation trustees, other foundation employees and their immediate families (parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, and anyone claimed as a dependent for tax purposes) are not eligible to apply.

Scholarship Applicants Must

  1. Express an interest in attending college as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student (at least 6 hours per semester);
  2. Submit a completed “John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Application” ONLINE to include the required documents which must be uploaded with the application;
  3. Demonstrate financial need;
  4. Must have a G.P.A of 3.0 or better

Criteria Scoring

  • (5 Points) Letters of Recommendation
  • (15 Points)Financial Need
  • (5 Points) Academics
  • (5 Points) Extracurricular Activities
  • (10 Points)Statement & Essay


The scholarship amount is $1,000 and will be paid directly to the school for current year tuition, fees, books purchased through the institution attended, and on-campus dormitory and meal plan expenses. The scholarship committee will review and evaluate all applications and announce awards each spring. The committee will also review and revise the scholarship policy and criteria as necessary.

Required Documents

All required documents must be uploaded with the application. Any mailed or hand-delivered documents will not be accepted.

  • Academic Transcript(s) (High School or College whichever applies.)
  • SAT Scores or Relevant Test Scores (GRE's, ACT, MCATS, etc.) - Check to see if SAT Test Scores are listed on your official high school transcript. If so, no need to submit separately.
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) – Submit pages 1 & 2 of the SAR Report which provides the EFC# (Expected Family Contribution) and Student’s Information – SAR and EFC# is generated from the completed FAFSA Application
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Current)

Failure to submit the online application with all documents attached to the application by the deadline will disqualify an applicant from consideration for the Juanita and Wilson Chambers Scholarship. The John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Committee reserves the right to interview applicants in the final stages of selection.

The decision of the scholarship committee in all matters regarding scholarships is final. Canvassing a scholarship benefactor, any John Randolph Foundation trustee or employee shall result in immediate disqualification. Scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds, meeting the criteria as outlined in the guidelines of the individual scholarship program and contingent upon acceptance and enrollment in an approved program.

John Randolph Foundation respects the privacy of scholarship applicants. Any personal or financial information will be used for the purpose of assessing the scholarship application and will be made available solely to the Foundation's staff and scholarship selection committee. We make every effort to maintain your confidentiality.

John Randolph Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Organization

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