County Grad Nabs U.Va. Scholarship
16, 1999 -- Greene
County resident Jeanie Lynn Schoolcraft has received the University
of Virginias 1999-2000 Faculty/Staff Scholarship, given to
the child of a U.Va. employee who is offered admission to the school.
Schoolcraft is only the second person to receive this $2,000 undergraduate
scholarship, established in January 1997.
an 18-year-old June graduate of William Monroe High School, chose
U.Va. due to its national reputation and because shes familiar
with the school, she said.
mother, Valerie, has worked full-time at U.Va. since 1986. Currently,
shes an administrative assistant at the Learning Needs and
Evaluation Center, a post shes held since 1991. Shes
also a student at the University, pursuing a bachelors degree
in psychology, part-time, which she hopes to earn in December 2000.
mother, like daughter: Jeanie plans to take psychology courses,
along with her other favorite subject, Spanish, when she begins
her studies this fall. She wants to explore U.Va.s Study Abroad
program, too. "Id like to visit Spain," she said.
children of U.Va. employees applied for the scholarship, which is
awarded based on the applicants financial need and academic
and extra-curricular criteria, said James Ramsey Jr., associate
director of financial aid. The Admissions Office provides information
on the students, said Ramsey, who called Jeanies record "incredibly
of her high school class, Schoolcraft attended the Governors
School for the Humanities last summer and was named in "Whos
Who" among American high school students. She was also 1998-99
president of her schools chapter of the Beta Club, a national
organization dedicated to academic excellence and community service;
a member of the band and chorus throughout high school; and second-place
winner in this years regional science fair competition.
attributes her academic success, in part, to several public school
teachers, who "made the effort to get to know you and pushed
you to learn and think for yourself," she said. Two she cited
were high school science teachers George Haney and Liz Hunter. Jeanie
also gives credit to her family. In addition to her mother, Jeanie
lives in Ruckersville with her younger sister, Katie, and her father,
Gary, who works at Sears and is a chaplains assistant in the
National Guard. The Schoolcrafts have lived in Greene for 16 years.
the scholarship was established, U.Va. President John T. Casteen
III pledged the University would match, dollar for dollar, up to
$100,000 contributed by employees. Noting that many other colleges
have long offered tuition relief to employees children, Casteen
said this new scholarship program "helps assure the opportunity
is there for those who have grown up in this community."
employs 470 Greene County residents. A U.Va. workforce of 9,030
live in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, which includes the surrounding
counties of Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange.
Schoolcraft said she hopes sharing the word about her familys
good fortune will generate more contributions to the endowment so
more children can receive these scholarships.
employees whose children are planning to apply to the University
next year should contact the Financial Aid Office in December
to receive a brochure and application describing the scholarship.
Financial Aid can be reached by phone at 982-6000 or via e-mail
undergraduate scholarship is a University-wide goal of the Faculty
and Staff Campaign, a component of the $1 billion Campaign for
the University. A brochure, titled "For Our Children,"
explains the scholarship and is available by calling 924-7314.
further information Valerie and Jeanie Schoolcraft can be reached
at home at (804) 985-3463. Valerie may also be contacted at work
at (804) 243-5184.
Rebecca Arrington, (804) 924-7189.