Fred C. and Bertha C. Morene Scholarship


To promote continuing education for any course of study by awarding scholarships for attendance at institutions of higher education to individuals who demonstrate financial need, community involvement, academic achievement and desire.


In 2011, Fred and Bertha Morene established the Fred C. and Bertha C. Morene Scholarship to assist students who were pursuing their educational dreams. With the ever-increasing need in this area and the cost of college tuition steadily climbing over the past few years, it has become very difficult for families to send their children to college. The Fred C. and Bertha C. Morene scholarship will help make a difference in the lives of these families. This gift of a scholarship is reflective in the way the Morene’s live their lives in this community.

Fred and Bertha Morene have lived in Hopewell all of their lives. They are very devoted to the Hopewell community. It means much more to them then a place to call home. The Morene’s have three daughters, Brenda, Joyce and Diane and three grandchildren.

Fred Morene joined Ford Insurance and Real Estate Agency in July, 1948. He started in the Insurance Department and served as the President of the Petersburg, Hopewell Insurance Agents Association. In 1966, he was placed in charge of the Real Estate Department. By serving on many Realtor committees, he soon became president of the Southside Virginia Association of Realtors and in 1968, earned Realtor of the Year. Mr. Morene gained the positions of regional vice-president, educational chairman, VAR-VREB chairman, by-laws chairman, president of the Virginia Real Estate Education Foundation. Because of all his achievements, he was named Virginia Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year in 1995, which is the highest honor bestowed on a Realtor. He also served as a Director from Virginia for the National Association of Realtors as well as a member of several National committees.

Community service rounds out Mr. Morene’s very busy life. He served as president of the Hopewell Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of the Hopewell Jaycees, a trustee and deacon as well as moderator, Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, usher and other positions at First Baptist Church, a director of First Colonial Bank. a member of the Hopewell United Way, Hopewell Volunteer of the Year 1999, chairman of the Hopewell Post Office Advisory Council, Hopewell Business Man of the Year 1989, director and president of the Hopewell Emergency Crew and director of the Hopewell/Prince George Crime Solvers, member/chairman of the Hopewell Planning Commission, member of the Southside Virginia Homebuilders Association, a member of the Hopewell Traffic Commission, a member of the Tri-City International Management Council and the public address announcer of Hopewell High School sports for over 45 years.

Bertha Morene is a devoted wife and mother. She is a member of First Baptist Church where she has sung in the choir for 72 years and has served as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, and Girls Auxiliary Counselor. She has also been active in community activities including Chairman of the Tri-City Christian Women’s Club and member of the Junior Women’s Club. In addition, she served as a secretary in the office at Hopewell High School.


The scholarship program 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; and
  4. Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better

Criteria Scoring

  • (5 Points) Letters of Recommendation
  • (10 Points)Financial Need
  • (10 Points)Academics
  • (10 Points)Extracurricular Activities
  • (5 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.)
  • 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 Fred C. and Bertha C. Morene 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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