Richard T. Schoonover II Memorial Scholarship

To honor the memory and service of Richard T. Schoonover II, the Rick “Schoonie” Schoonover Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to the most deserving high school senior with a family member that is part of Virginia Beach law enforcement. The $2500 scholarship is awarded to help defray the cost of continuing higher education.

Rick “Schoonie” Schoonover was a longtime resident of Virginia Beach who spent the majority of his adult life in service to his community as a Virginia Beach Police officer, Sheriff’s deputy, and volunteer. Schoonie joined the Virginia Beach Police Department in 1978, where he proudly served in several capacities and eventually rose to the rank of Sergeant. In 1999, he transitioned to the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department, from which he retired in 2006 as the Chief Deputy. Schoonie was also devoted to physical fitness, and was an integral member of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Committee, where he was a major contributor to the phenomenal success for which the annual Virginia Beach tradition is known today. Schoonie left this life too soon on November 1, 2012.

Previous Recipients

  • 2024

    Reese Crosby

    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 2023

    Michael McIntosh

    Virginia State University


  • 2022

    Riley Joyner

    Old Dominion University

  • 2021


    due to COVID-19


  • 2020

    Makayla Harvey

    University of Michigan

  • 2019

    Riley Conklin

    George Mason University


  • 2018

    Rachel Bibb

    Longwood University

  • 2017

    Lauren McBrien

    James Madison University


  • 2016

    Payton Haid

    Virginia Wesleyan University

  • 2015

    Maliek Baker


  • 2014

    Madison Adams

    Longwood University

  • 2013

    Kristopher Thompson

    Old Dominion University


Learn more about our events!

Live Events

Big Blue 5K
August 10, 2024

Virginia Beach 10 Miler
August 31-September 1, 2024

Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon
October 5-6, 2024

Wicked 10K
October 25-26, 2024

Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon
November 23-24, 2024

Surf N Santa 5 Miler
December 13-14, 2024

Shamrock Marathon
March 14-16, 2025