Kenneth Leary Taylor Scholarship Fund
Kenneth Taylor, born and raised in Newport News, is a graduate of Newport News High and Virginia Tech. His parents, Virginia Leary and Winston Taylor worked very hard to send Kenneth to school and were very proud of his accomplishments at becoming a college graduate. Following graduation, he was hired by Hampton City Schools as a 9th grade physical science teacher at Spratley Jr. High. After 36 years as an educator, his career concluded as an 8th grade physical science teacher at Davis Middle School.
Mr. Taylor found physical science to be an exciting course to teach, devoting one semester to chemistry and another semester to physics. He was able to perform many classroom demonstrations and also provide many hands on activities to enhance the experience for his students. He wanted his students to enjoy coming to science class and gaining scientific knowledge about our world.
In March of 2022, he established the Kenneth Leary Taylor Scholarship at the Peninsula Community Foundation in hopes of helping a student who enjoys science and has considered teaching science to middle or high school students.
- Must be a high school graduate from the Virginia Peninsula.
- Must be a high school senior or college student that is pursuing a teaching degree and is considering teaching science in middle or high school.
- Must have achieved a cumulative GPA minimum of 2.5 or higher.
- Student must be in need of financial assistance for college.
- Two students will each receive this one-time award of $2,500, divided equally between the first and second semester of college. *Should funding allow, an opportunity to renew the scholarship for an additional year may be possible.
- The deadline to apply is May 8, 2023.
For more information about establishing a fund, please contact Michael Monteith, Email/757.327.0862