Suffolk Foundation announces scholarships

Published 5:36 pm Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Suffolk Foundation has announced the 2013 availability of two scholarships it administers — the Howard D. Mast Memorial Scholarship and the Fred V. Cherry Scholarship.

The Mast scholarship was established in honor of Howard D. Mast, who was director of Parks and Recreation in Suffolk for 17 years, coached tennis at Nansemond River High School, organized and directed the Suffolk Tennis Association and more.

The 2013 Mast scholarship will be between $2,000 and $3,000 and will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university.

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Each applicant for the Mast scholarship must be, at the time of the award, a current resident of the city of Suffolk and either a graduating senior or alumnus of one of the public or private high schools in the city or an accredited home school program conducted in Suffolk. If the applicant is an alumnus, he or she must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or university.

The Cherry Scholarship is named after Col. Fred V. Cherry, a decorated Vietnam prisoner of war. Born in 1928 and educated in Suffolk, he graduated from Virginia Union University in 1951 and entered the U.S. Air Force the same year. He was shot down on his 52nd mission in Vietnam and captured Oct. 22, 1965. He remained a POW until February 1973. He earned numerous awards, including two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.

The 2013 Cherry scholarship will be between $2,000 and $3,000.

Applicants for the Cherry scholarship must be a Suffolk resident, attend a high school in Suffolk, have financial need and have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

Applications for both scholarships are due March 29 and are available on the foundation website, For more information or to receive an application, contact William Hill, executive director of the Suffolk Foundation, at or by calling 923-9090.