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Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears celebrates the awarding of scholarships to Phoebus students

Phoebus High School proudly welcomed Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears for an extraordinary event, where seven deserving JROTC students were honored with scholarship checks totaling over $2 million. These scholarships, made possible through the support of Stand & Serve, a dedicated non-profit organization, pave the way for our students' bright futures by fostering partnerships with HBCUs, public universities, and the military.

Lt. Governor Earle-Sears said to the students, “Look what you have done! We are all here to celebrate your accomplishments. You chose to live a certain way that resulted in us being here today to celebrate that choice.”

David Coccoli, executive principal of Phoebus High School, warmly welcomed families and special guests to witness this momentous occasion. He highlighted that these scholarships not only provide financial support but also serve as a testament to the students' exceptional abilities, unwavering character, and limitless potential.

In his address, Coccoli congratulated the scholarship recipients, acknowledging their daily commitment to greatness and their significant contributions to our school community. He remarked, “Congratulations to the students who were awarded scholarships during today's ceremony. These students truly demonstrate our purpose of greatness every day, in every way.”


Congratulations to the following students who received scholarships:


Andre Clarke

Morehouse College, Georgia

Marine ROTC $300k


Laurence Rene

Tuskegee University, AL

Marine ROTC $300k


Tahirah Tyler

Tuskegee University, AL

Navy ROTC $200k


Tarik Jones

Tuskegee University, AL

Navy ROTC $200k


Jason Johnson

Delaware State University, DE

Army ROTC Aviation Scholarship $300k


Derrick Rivera

Georgia Military College

Navy ROTC Prep Program


Tomari Johnson

Hampton University

Navy ROTC College Program


At the conclusion of the celebration, superintendent Dr. Raymond Haynes shared, “Today's event was a remarkable testament to the dedication and talent of our students. As seven outstanding seniors at Phoebus High School were awarded ROTC scholarships totaling over $2 million, we witnessed the fruition of their hard work and commitment to excellence. These students truly embody the characteristics outlined in Hampton's Portrait of a Graduate. We are thankful that Lt. Governor Earle-Sears was able to join us in recognizing these deserving students, highlighting the significance of their achievements. I extend my sincere appreciation to Stand and Serve, whose generosity made these scholarships possible, and to all our partners, including members of the School Board, Hampton City Council, and representatives from our military branches, for their ongoing support in shaping the future of our students.”


We are immensely proud of our students' accomplishments and grateful for the support of Stand & Serve in nurturing the future leaders, innovators, and defenders of our nation.