Through fundraisers and generous donations, the Alumni Association has, since 1996, awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships and stipends to eligible students. The amount of the scholarships and stipends is dependent upon funds available and the number of eligible applicants.

From the time of its organization, the alumni association has maintained a commitment to continuing education through scholarships and stipends to support our legacies as they pursue post-high school education. Fundraisers, donations pledges and a portion of banquet ticket sales
support this project.



Applicant must be an “active financial member” of the John J. Wright Alumni Association, or the offspring of an “active financial member” of the Alumni Association (offspring may be a biological, step, adopted or foster child or a grandchild). The member, upon whom the applicant is basing his or her eligibility, must be an “active financial” and “current year” member
of the Alumni Association AND have been a member for at least two consecutive years prior to the year of application (for 2023: years 2021 and 2022). Membership dues must be paid by April 15 of the current year.

1. Applicants applying for a scholarship, must be a senior high school student graduating from an accredited secondary educational institution.
2. Applicants applying for a stipend, must be a full-time student returning to a technical school, community college, or four-year college or university.
3. High School applicants and first-time applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Returning student applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
4. All high school applicants and first time applicants must provide two (2) recommendations from an official of one or more of the following: current school, community organization, church, or employer. One (1) of the two recommendations must be from a high school teacher or administrator.
5. A small high school picture and a brief bio for high school and first time applicants are required. The bio can be included on the application form.
6. A personal interview, consisting of an oral presentation of the applicant’s essay and a question/response period, may be required.
7. A sealed official transcript must be provided to the Scholarship Committee with the applicant package.
8. Applicant must provide proof they are enrolled in school for the fall semester before receipt of scholarship/stipend check.
9. Beginning in 2019, returning students applicants must show they participated in at least one JJWAA event, meeting, or activity during the previous year i.e., April 2022 through April 2023. See the website for opportunities to join the association, engage with membership, support events, conduct community service, etc.
10. Applicant must agree to return any scholarship award or stipend if the applicant does not attend an educational institution or technical school in fall 2023.

The complete application package must be mailed/postmarked to the scholarship committee no later than April 15, 2023.

JJW Alumni Association, PO Box 1061, Spotsylvania, VA 22553-1061


With help of our dedicated members and pledges, 2 scholarships of $1,500 and 2 stipends of $1,000 were awarded for the 2021– 2022 school year. The recipients were:

2022 Scholarship Recipients ($1,500)

  • Shamari Paige – Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • Jordan Smith – Richard Bland College, Prince George, VA

2022 Stipend Recipient ($1,000)

  • Christiana McCurdy – George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • Shatiera Walker – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

For information contact:
Sandy Coleman
Scholarship Committee Chair
P.O. Box 1061
Spotsylvania, VA 22553-1061

                                                                                          Subj; JJWAA Scholarship/Stipend