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The Scholarship

The Diane D. Anderson Scholarship was created upon Mrs. Anderson’s retirement in 2010 after 37 years of service to Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  The purpose of the Diane D. Anderson Scholarship is to provide assistance to students continuing their education who have shown integrity, a strong work ethic, and exemplary school/school system service while participating in student activities.  The scholarship amount awarded is currently $2000.


The Legacy

Diane Derrick Anderson, or “Mrs. A” as she is affectionately known, started her career in student leadership as a 9th grader at Frank W. Cox High School when her English teacher asked her to run for class office.  Mrs. A continued her involvement at Cox and also served as the SCA 2nd Vice President.  In 1967, she attended the very first leadership workshop held by Cox High School and directed by her SCA Adviser – Mr. Jerry F. Deviney.  

After graduating from Longwood College, Mrs. A began her teaching career in Danville, Virginia, before moving back to Virginia Beach to teach at Kempsville Junior High School where she also coached field hockey and gymnastics.  In 1977, she joined the central administration Student Activities Office and became the Coordinator of Student Leadership.  While in this position, she served as an adviser to City-Wide SCA, implemented the Elementary Leadership Workshop held every fall, and assisted in developing the Beach District Sportsmanship Award.  

In 1988, she was named National Workshop Director of the Year.  Moreover, she is a recipient of the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Regional Award of Merit, and in 1998 was named a VHSL Torch of Honor winner.  In addition to serving as the director of the Virginia Beach Leadership Workshops, Mrs. A was a member of the inaugural VHSL Student Leaders Conference Planning Committee and was a co-chairman of the 2002 NASC National Student Leaders Conference.

From 1967 to 2010, Mrs. A spent every summer “workin’ on a workshop” – it’s only fitting that this scholarship is awarded to a student leader who shows the same dedication, work ethic, and integrity that its namesake embodies.

Diane D. Anderson Scholarship Recipients

Year

Recipients

School

2011

Shenel Lambiro

Cox

2011

Alexander "Alex" Steckroth

Ocean Lakes

2012

Andrew Stone

Green Run

2013

Hailey Sabol

Salem

2014

Aaron Banasiewicz

Princess Anne

2015

Michael Horth

Ocean Lakes

2015

Natalie Napolitano

First Colonial

2016

Shaina Moondra

Bayside

2017

Delanie Peacott

Salem

2018

Amarah Gray

Kempsville

2019

Andrea "Andie" Pember

First Colonial

2019

Isabella Virtucio

Landstown

2020

Chase Brophy

Kempsville

2020

Reed Williams

Kellam

2021

Juliana "Julie" Conza

Kellam

2022

Ryan Sauer

Bayside

2023

Naomi Gedamu

Landstown


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