The Richard J. Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship

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Richard J. Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship
The Richard J. Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship

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

Schlimgen Scholarship

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.

Schlimgen Scholarship
Richard J. Schlimgen Memorial Scholarship

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.

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Scholarship Documents

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Scholarship Information
Scholarship Application
Recommendation Form

Richard J. Schlimgen Scholarship Recipients

1983Jewell LimBayside
1984Matt VesterFirst Colonial
1985Clint CarrollKellam
1986Scott KeelingCox
1987Caddy WoodCox
1988David CooperBayside
1989Ruth DamasoGreen Run
1990Wayne ShackelfordFirst Colonial
1991Tori ReinholdBayside
1992Zach LongPrincess Anne
1993Carrie RhoadsCox
1994Mitzi ReinholdPrincess Anne
1995Meg BuchananCox
1996Amy KobelskiFirst Colonial
1997Anthoney LimTallwood
1998Jen AllenKempsville
1999Jeff WuCox
2000Amanda LogsdonCox
2001Elizabeth KorbakOcean Lakes
2002Molly BuchananCox
2003Allison MurphyOcean Lakes
2004Missy JenkinsOcean Lakes
2005Leslie LehnerSalem
2006Grace McGeeKellam
2007Ted GoldsteinCox
2008Auriel JohnsonOcean Lakes
2009Sheridan FullerTallwood
2010Ann Laurence BaumerCox
2011Katharine SadowskiFirst Colonial
2012Andrew StoneGreen Run
2013Hailey SabolSalem
2014Evan TurnerOcean Lakes
2015Lukas PietrzakFirst Colonial
2016Joshua BensinkKempsville
2017Charlie PrinceCox
2018Abigail RamsayBayside
2019Andrea PemberFirst Colonial
2020Cheryll CaalimBayside
2021Brooke KentKempsville
2022Aaron ArlanzaFirst Colonial
2023Ainsley ShewbridgeKellam
2024Kirsten EspinozaLandstown
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