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 son or daughter of a Virginia Beach law enforcement official. 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

  • 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

Wicked 10K
October 29-30, 2021

Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon
November 20-21, 2021

Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler
December 17-18, 2021

Shamrock Marathon
March 18-20, 2022

Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon
October 1-2, 2022