Mary H. and Paul L. Quarrels Memorial Scholarship


To promote continuing education for students pursuing a career in education by awarding scholarships for attendance at institutions of higher education to individuals who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement.


The Mary H. and Paul L. Quarrels Scholarship Fund was established on December 1, 2011 in honor of Paul Lawrence Quarrels and in memory of Mary H. Quarrels for their tireless efforts to the educational communities of Hopewell and Prince George.

Mary Henson Quarrels was born in Cochran, Virginia and reared in Hopewell. She graduated from Carter G. Woodson High School. Mrs. Quarrels received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia State College (University) in 1941 and her Master of Arts degree in 1960. Her first professional teaching experience was in 1941-1943 at the Buckingham Training School in Dillwyn, VA as the school librarian. Her tenure within the Hopewell/Prince George school systems started in July 1943, where she served several years as a teacher and acting principal of Arlington Elementary School before being named full-time principal. Mrs. Quarrels retired in 1976 after thirty-five years of faithful service. She was named in the Tenth Edition of Who’s Who of American Women (1977-1978).

Paul Lawrence Quarrels was born in Bedford, Virginia. He received his elementary, secondary and high school education at the Bedford Training School. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University in 1950 and his Master of Arts degree from New York University in 1956. His teaching experience started in his home town of Bedford in 1950. Mr. Quarrels taught for several years in the Hopewell school system. He started his tenure within the Prince George school system during 1960 as a teacher and was later promoted to principal of North Elementary, where he retired in 1984 after twenty years.


The scholarship program is available to residents of the City of Hopewell. 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 a need and desire for continued education by attending college as a full-time or part-time undergraduate (at least 6 hours per semester)
  2. Be a well-rounded individual with extracurricular activities;
  3. Demonstrate scholastic achievement (must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better);
  4. Demonstrate active participation in the community;
  5. Provide verification of financial need;
  6. Meet the remaining criteria as outlined in the application guidelines; and
  7. Submit a completed “John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Application” ONLINE to include the required documents which must be uploaded with the application.

Criteria Scoring

  • (5 Points) Letters of Recommendation
  • (10 Points)Financial Need
  • (10 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 Mary H. and Paul L. Quarrels Memorial 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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