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The Scholarship

The main purpose of the Richard J. Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship is to give students incentive to seek greater knowledge of leadership principles and skills, and to use that knowledge in the service of their school and community.  It also holds as its purpose the recognition of students who have excelled in student leadership while exemplifying high ideals, and providing assistance for the continuation of their education.  The recipient must have attended the Virginia Beach Leadership Workshop; criteria revolve around leadership, service, scholarship, citizenship, and creativity.  The current amount awarded each year for this scholarship is $2000.


The Legacy

The Richard Joseph Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship is named for a young man who was one of the finest leaders to pass through Virginia Beach City Public Schools.  He was a 1980 graduate of First Colonial High School where he was president of the SCA.  Among many other activities, he participated in the One-Act Play Festival and captained the soccer team.  He attended Virginia Boys’ State and Presidential Classroom, was selected for the National Honor Society and The Virginian Pilot Scholastic Team, and was named "Outstanding Senior" while at First Colonial.  

Richard Schlimgen was a student at the University of Virginia as a Rodman Scholar, attending on a four-year scholarship where he majored in computer science.  At UVA, he co-chaired the university’s activities committee, coached youth soccer, and played club soccer and racquetball.  He belonged to Zeta Psi Fraternity, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Fraternity and Sorority Christian Fellowship.

Richard was a major contributor to the work of the Virginia Beach Leadership Workshop Staff for three years.  He was a t-shirt designer, a playwright, a computer enthusiast, an accomplished sailor, an individual of great creativity, and a very warm and special person.  In 1983, he died in a plane crash at the age of 20; each year since, this scholarship has been given in his memory to honor the accomplishments of another outstanding student leader in Virginia Beach.

Richard J. Schlimgen Scholarship Recipients

Year

Recipients

School

1983

Jewell Lim

Bayside

1984

Matt Vester

First Colonial

1985

Clint Carroll

Kellam

1986

Scott Keeling

Cox

1987

Caddy Wood

Cox

1988

David Cooper

Bayside

1989

Ruth Damaso

Green Run

1990

Wayne Shackelford

First Colonial

1991

Tori Reinhold

Bayside

1992

Zach Long

Princess Anne

1993

Carrie Rhoads

Cox

1994

Mitzi Reinhold

Princess Anne

1995

Meg Buchanan

Cox

1996

Amy Kobelski

First Colonial

1997

Anthoney Lim

Tallwood

1998

Jen Allen

Kempsville

1999

Jeff Wu

Cox

2000

Amanda Logsdon

Cox

2001

Elizabeth Korbak

Ocean Lakes

2002

Molly Buchanan

Cox

2003

Allison Murphy

Ocean Lakes

2004

Missy Jenkins

Ocean Lakes

2005

Leslie Lehner

Salem

2006

Grace McGee

Kellam

2007

Ted Goldstein

Cox

2008

Auriel Johnson

Ocean Lakes

2009

Sheridan Fuller

Tallwood

2010

Ann Laurence Baumer

Cox

2011

Katharine Sadowski

First Colonial

2012

Andrew Stone

Green Run

2013

Hailey Sabol

Salem

2014

Evan Turner

Ocean Lakes

2015

Lukas Pietrzak

First Colonial

2016

Joshua Bensink

Kempsville

2017

Charlie Prince

Cox

2018

Abigail Ramsay

Bayside

2019

Andrea Pember

First Colonial

2020

Cheryll Caalim

Bayside

2021

Brooke Kent

Kempsville

2022

Aaron ArlanzaFirst Colonial
2023Ainsley ShewbridgeKellam
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