Each year, the Justice HS Scholarship Fund (JHSSF) awards scholarships to Justice High School seniors unable to afford post-secondary education without financial assistance. The number and value of the scholarships vary depending on the generosity of our wonderful donors.
In addition to the general JHSSF scholarships, some of our donors give money each year in honor of specific individuals. These named scholarships include the Harriet "Ozzi", Mask, Norene Thomas, Svendsen Memorial, and Jeremy Munga Scholarships. (The name “Stuart” is included for individuals associated with the high school before the name change.)
This award is made possible by alumni of Stuart and Justice who wanted to give back to their school by generously donating funds to our organization to provide a scholarship for a student from this year’s class.
This scholarship began in 2022 and is made possible by a gift from one of our donor families. It supports a $3,000 annually renewable scholarship and is the only four-year scholarship the Justice High School Scholarship Fund offers. The Ambassador Scholarship is given to a student who has the talent and ambition to complete a four-year degree and will be a good ambassador for the JHSSF and the greater Justice High School community.
This scholarship honors the mission of the Decorate A Vet organization to engage the community in honoring Northern Virginia veterans, whose service allows us all to lead freer lives. Their donation funds an annual scholarship for accomplished JHS seniors with demonstrated financial need, a connection to the military, and a commitment to the ideals of liberty, duty, and service.
This scholarship honors Jennifer Discua Hernandez, a Justice HS alumna who passed away from leukemia in 2020. Inspired by Jenny’s grace and indomitable spirit, Justice High School faculty and staff created a new scholarship in her memory. Jenny was a light to all of those around her and her positive outlook inspired others to not give up on their dreams regardless of their current situation. This scholarship will support an English Learner who embodies Jennifer’s spirit and who will attend Northern Virginia Community College.
The Ms. Ozzi Mask scholarship was established by former students to honor the retired Stuart teacher who taught English and Journalism, and was also a sponsor of Raiders’ Digest, cheerleading and drama.
In 2017, a scholarship was created to honor the memory of Jeremy Munga. Jeremy was a beloved member of the Stuart student body whose energy and passion touched many at the school, whether through sports, music, cheer squad, or just his general good-naturedness and ever-present smile. A drowning accident in the summer of 2016 took his life weeks before his senior year at Stuart HS was to have begun.
The Step It Up Foundation (https://tsiuf.org/), started in 2016, is a Northern Virginia-based philanthropic organization with the mission of “Helping People Help Themselves.” The sponsors of this award want to provide financial assistance to students planning to attend Northern Virginia Community College.
The JHSSF awards scholarships in honor of the late Nancy and Eric Svendsen, who were married for 38 years and devoted their lives to helping people in the international community. From 1968 to 1970, the two served together in the Peace Corps. Nancy Svendsen was a member of Stuart’s ESOL faculty for sixteen years. She was also a longtime sponsor of the Raiders Readers Program.
Since 2009, the Foundation has awarded a scholarship in honor of the late Norene Thomas, who was a committed Stuart parent, PTSA member and Band Booster volunteer.
In 2021, this scholarship was established by the Weisgerber family to honor Nancy Weisgerber, who served as the principal of JEB Stuart High School (now Justice High School) for the eight years prior to her retirement in June 1997. Nancy was known for her commitment to education as teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator. As expressed to her by two former Stuart teachers, “Your formula for success was simple—lead with your heart, make decisions based on sincere concern and belief in the goodness of others. While you will never know about every life you have positively affected, we can assure you they number in the thousands.”
In addition to awarding scholarships with contributions made to the JHSSF, we partner with several other local entities to make additional funds available to support Justice High School graduates who aspire to attend college. Our partner scholarship organizations include the Bailey’s Crossroads Rotary Club, the Casey Schulman Foundation, and the Lake Barcroft Community’s Thurgood Marshall Fund.
The Rotary Club of Bailey’s Crossroads awards scholarships in collaboration with the JHSSF in recognition of the recipients' community service and involvement with Interact Club, the Rotary International’s service club for young people.
The Thurgood Marshall Fund awards scholarships to graduating Justice HS seniors who excel both in and outside the classroom. The Fund was established in honor of one of Lake Barcroft’s most distinguished residents, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The Thurgood Marshall Scholarships are awarded every year by the Lake Barcroft community.
The Casey Schulman Foundation awards scholarships to students who will carry on the kindness, positivity and interest in the world around them, as Casey Schulman had done in her lifetime. These students are representatives of the Casey Schulman Foundation for their intellectual motivation, overcoming individual challenges, and their concern and interest in others. To learn more about the Casey Schulman Scholarship, please click ShineOnCasey.org.
Over the years, people have donated funds for a one-time scholarship to honor an individual or a class of Stuart graduates. Past scholarships include:
Ellen Davidson was a special education student at Stuart High School several years ago. After her graduation from the Pulley Career Center, she went on to a long-term successful career in the Federal Government at Fort Belvoir. She passed away in 2014 and named the Stuart Educational Foundation as a beneficiary of her retirement savings plan.
The Classes of 1966, 1967 and 1977 funded scholarships in celebration of their 50th and 40th reunions. They sought to give back to their high school by supporting the higher education dreams of current seniors.
Inspired? If you would like to donate funds towards a scholarship in honor of an individual, alumni class, or organization, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.