Kendall Carroll Wilmot Starfish Memorial Scholarship Endowment



To promote continuing education for any course of study by awarding scholarships to a deserving Hopewell High School student-athlete in memory of Kendall Carroll Wilmot, Class of 2010, who passed away on June 8, 2013 during her senior year at Virginia Tech. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement, generally viewed and accepted as a natural team leader by coaches and teammates, good citizenship and plan on attending institutions which may include technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges/universities.


Kendall welcomed all of life’s challenges with determination and genuine compassion. Kendall was a four-year member of the Hopewell High School varsity tennis team from 2006 to 2010. Kendall also played JV Field Hockey for two years and Varsity Field Hockey for two years. She served as team captain her senior year during which she consistently demonstrated natural leadership abilities, academic excellence, outstanding athleticism, and true dedication to her sport and teammates. Kendall was the 2010 Valedictorian of Hopewell High School. Her commencement speech told the story of the starfish in which Kendall believed everyone can make a difference.

The story goes as follows: There was a man taking a morning walk on the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide came hundreds of starfish. When the tide receded, they were left behind and with the sun’s rays they would die. The tide was fresh and the starfish were alive. The man took a few steps, picked up one, and threw it into the water. He did that repeatedly. Right behind him was another person who couldn’t understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, what are you trying to accomplish? There are hundreds of starfish. How can you help? What difference does it make? The man did not reply. He took two more steps, picked up another starfish and said, “It makes a difference to this one.”

Kendall continued to make a difference when she attended Virginia Tech. She was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Hospitality Management Association, Eta Sigma Delta Honors Hospitality Fraternity and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Kendall also served on the student advisory committee to the undergraduate representatives to the Board of Visitors, and volunteered for several charities. Since Kendall was on the dean’s list for three years and in good academic standing, Virginia Tech granted her a diploma- Bachelor of Science in Business-Hospitality and Tourism Management-Magnum Cum Laude.

Kendall believed everyone can make a difference no matter how small. Kendall’s most important gifts were her genuine love, infectious smile, and spontaneous sense of humor, which she generously shared with all who knew her. Kendall’s strength and spirit set a standard of excellence for all those who follow after her.


This scholarship will be available to seniors or graduates of Hopewell High School with priority given to a student who is a student athlete. Students may continue to reapply for this scholarship as they continue through their educational experience. However, receipt of this scholarship does not guarantee future awards.

Scholarship Applicants Must

  1. Candidates for the Kendall Carroll Wilmot Starfish Memorial Scholarship Endowment will be student-athletes who best exemplify Kendall’s love of life, fun loving attitude, and dedication. Candidates will also be expected to meet the following minimum criteria:
  2. Be Attending or Express an interest in attending technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year colleges/universities as a full-time or part-time undergraduate student (at least 6 hours per semester);
  3. Generally viewed and accepted as a natural team leader by coaches and teammates.
  4. Submit a completed “John Randolph Foundation Scholarship Application” ONLINE to include the required documents which must be uploaded with the application;and
  5. Must have a G.P.A of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (exceptions allowed for extraordinary circumstances or extenuating reasons).

Criteria Scoring

  • (5 Points) Letters of Recommendation
  • (10 Points)Academics
  • (10 Points)Extracurricular Activities
  • (10 Points)Statement & Essay
  • (10 Points) Student-Athletics


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 Kendall Carroll Wilmot Starfish Memorial Scholarship Endowment. 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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