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The Gloucester Daffodil Festival Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners

The Coronavirus has caused many plans to be altered in the past five months. Unfortunately, the Annual Daffodil Festival had to be canceled. Gloucester County high school seniors have proved to be a very resilient group of young people. This was the largest number of applications we have received in the past 15 years. The whole process of judging the applications had to be changed. Each application was scanned and sent electronically to the head judge in Isle of Wight County. He in turn sent them to two of his colleagues for review. They narrowed the applications down to the top five and then meet by zoom to discuss the applications.

Each year the scholarship committee awards a $1,000 renewable scholarship for 4 years. It is with great pleasure the committee awards this scholarship to Farren Winter. She is the daughter of Patrick and Anne Winter. Farren will be attending Shenandoah University to pursue a degree in Music Therapy. Farren has appeared in school musicals and performed at Donk’s.

Two people who have been a vital part of the Daffodil Festival passed away this year. The Daffodil Festival Committee wanted to remember these individual by awarding a one-time $500 scholarship to two students. Monroe Keene was the magician who provided entertainment for young children for over 20 years. Monroe was a teacher in Gloucester Gloucester County for many years and then later in Newport News Public Schools. The Daffodil Festival committee would like announce a special $500 scholarship was awarded to Mary Waclo. She is the daughter of Rev. Ken and Mary Waclo. She is planning to go to Rappahannock Community College and then transfer to a four year college to pursue a degree in education.

Earl Evans, Jr. was a festival committee member for over 15 years. He could be seen riding throughout the festival on his little scooter. He was always available to do anything that was needed. The second $500 scholarship was awarded to Ainsley Miller, daughter of Brad and Jennifer Miller. Ainsley will be attending Christopher Newport University where she will play field hockey and participate in track. Ainsley exhibits the same kind of talent of being able to do so many things just like Earl. She wants to become a dentist.

The Daffodil Festival Committee wishes all three of these outstanding young people much success in college. We look forward to watching them achieve their dreams and hope they will always remember how important they are to the County of Gloucester.