The Virginia Federation of Republican Women (VFRW) is an organization devoted to empowering women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds in the political process, To honor and memorialize beloved Past President Kendall Rhodes (2004 – 2006), the Kendall Westbrook Rhodes Memorial Scholarship was established in 2016. It pays tribute to her highly esteemed career as an educator.
Applicants must: Be a female with US citizenship and a resident of Virginia for the last 2 years; Be registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia; Either be currently attending or committed to attend (in the Fall of the year you apply for this scholarship) a college or university in the Commonwealth of Virginia; Have a minimum GPA of 2.5; Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member mentioning the applicant’s character and moral standing; Submit a 1-page (only) resume; Complete application, answer all essays and submit documents with the application. Winning students should plan on attending lunch on Saturday of the VFRW convention in Harrisonburg, VA and Must give written approval to the VFRW to use their name and photo for VFRW Scholarship Promotions. Completed applications must be received by midnight on Friday, April 14th. Applicants must not be in their final year of study.
Mrs. Rhodes taught at the Court Street Academy in Portsmouth, retiring after 32 years. She served as Faculty Coordinator, co-sponsored the yearbook, and tutored students privately for most of those years. It is not surprising that she was a member of "Who's Who Among American Teachers," nominated by several former students. During her tenure as VFRW President, she established VFRW's first scholarship program promoting public affairs and politics. The first scholarships were awarded in 2006. It is in this spirit that the VFRW seeks to annually dedicated this scholarship to Kendall Rhodes for graduating high school female seniors or current female college students who will follow in her footsteps in the field of education.