Joseph Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund
The Joseph Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship Fund provides a one-year $3,000 award to an Orange County High School graduate who plans to attend university, community college or trade school. Recipients must hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and must have been a member of the Orange County High School varsity soccer team. The scholarship may be used to pay for tuition only.
Joseph “Joe” Stanley began playing soccer at the age of five. He played several different positions, but he settled on the goalkeeper position as he entered his teen years. He attended soccer camps to hone his skills as a goalie, and he was playing on the Orange County High School Varsity Soccer Team in the spring of 2007. He was very much a team player.
Joe was selected to be a People-to-People Student Ambassador to Australia and would have made the journey during the summer of 2007. He was very enthusiastic about this upcoming adventure, and he was working diligently to raise money for the trip. “I will be representing my country as a young person who desires to know and understand other cultures,” Joe wrote in his application for the program. “I want to represent my country as one that loves peace. It’s also a wonderful opportunity for me to grow as an individual and explore other environments, cultures, and people.”>br clear=”all”>
Joe loved the family dogs and cats. He raised one of the dogs, Penny, as his own. Her temperament and demeanor speak well of his kindness and patience with her. He had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed doing funny things to make people laugh. He had a genuine interest in anyone who came across his path. Joe was an easy-going individual, the kind of person who always had time to notice people, animals or something in nature. His short life here made a lasting impression on many.
The Joseph Stanley Scholarship fund was established by Joe’s family following his death in an automobile accident in 2007. The first scholarship was awarded in 2008. Joe was a member of the Orange County High School Class of 2008.
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The 2014 Joe Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship, in the amount of $4,000, was awarded to Jamie Wachter by Uva and John Stanley.
“When I heard my name, I felt humbled. I’ve heard so many stories about Joe Stanley and his skill and dedication to (soccer) and life. He’s bigger than life to all of us at OCHS,” said Wachter. “You can be sure that I’ll put this scholarship to good use as I continue my studies at Christopher Newport University.”
John Bosworth, pictured with John and Uva Stanley, received the Joe Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship. John plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University. When asked how he felt about winning the award he responded, “Receiving this scholarship motivates me to continue my education. It makes me want to build a life around helping others. I want to use this award to honor Joe Stanley. I am so thankful for this scholarship.”
Jacob Sanner received the Joe Stanley Memorial Scholarship from Uva and John Stanley during the Orange County High School Senior Awards Night program on June 4, 2012. “I was honored to be chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Joseph Stanley Memorial Scholarship,” said Sanner. “I remember Joe and what he meant to the 2007 OCHS soccer team, and it is very flattering to be thought of as having brought some of those same great qualities to the 2012 team. The scholarship will help me achieve my goals at JMU, which include giving back to the community as the Stanley family has done and continues to do.”
2011 – Ryan Jenkins
Ryan Jenkins received the Joe Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship in the amount of $3000. He attended Randolph-Macon College.
2010 – Jonathan Moon
Jonathan Moon received the Joe Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship in the amount of $3000. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
2009 – Joshua Moon
Joshua Moon received the Joe Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship in the amount of $3000. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
2008 – Ben Sanner and Evan Bond
Ben Sanner and Evan Bond received the Joe Stanley Memorial Soccer Scholarship in the amount of $1500 each. Ben attended Virginia Commonwealth University and Evan attended Virginia Tech.
Total Scholarships to Date: $25,000