Larry Thomas Joyner Memorial Scholarship


To promote continuing education by awarding scholarships for any course of study at institutions of higher education to individuals who demonstrate academic achievement, financial need and a commitment to community service. Priority may be given to a student residing in Hopewell who attends Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology.


This scholarship was established in August, 2016, to honor the memory of Larry Thomas Joyner, Assistant Director of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School at the time of his death. Larry was a Union Camp Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond. He also held a Master of Arts from Wake Forest University. Larry then embarked upon a 42-year career of public service. He had a distinguished 30-year career with the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons. In 2006 Larry joined the faculty of the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology (ARGS). He was named Assistant Director in 2007 and remained in that capacity until his death. He was a passionate advocate for the school and took a personal interest in each and every ARGS student. Larry’s commitment to public service and his passion for education also influenced his community involvement. He was particularly proud of his service to the Hopewell School Board, where he served from 1995-2002 and then again, from 2011-2014. Larry spent most of his life in Hopewell and had a deep and abiding affection for the City.


The scholarship program is available to seniors of The Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. Priority may be given to a student residing in Hopewell who attends Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. 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 which includes the ability to UPLOAD the required “attachments” requested on the application;
  3. Must have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better.

Criteria Scoring

  • (5) Letters of Recommendation
  • (10)Financial Need
  • (10)Academic
  • (5) Extracurricular Activities
  • (10)Statement and Essay
  • (10)Priority may be given to a student residing in Hopewell who attends Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology


The scholarship amount is $2,000 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 Larry Thomas Joyner 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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