Marques Hampton Memorial Scholarship
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The Marques Hampton Memorial Scholarship is now a fully funded endowment!!!
March 9, 2001
From the Tidewater Hokie Club, a special thank you goes out to everyone in the Virginia Tech family that contributed! You really came through again.
Now only a short 20 months after the passing of Marques and his mother Antoinette, this endowment will allow their memory to always be kept alive in the life of Virginia Tech and will be awarded to a walk-on football player at Virginia Tech who exemplifies the characteristics of academic success, athletic promise and a strong sense of family and faith.
Wednesday, July 19, 2000
In Memory of Marques Hampton, 1981
One year ago today, incoming Virginia Tech football recruit, Marques Hampton and his mother, Antoinette Hampton, were tragically killed in an automobile accident on I-81 near Roanoke, Virginia. The Hamptons had been to freshman orientation at Virginia Tech, and were returning home to Virginia Beach when the accident occurred.
Marques Hampton, a standout athlete at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, where he earned the 1998 All-Tidewater Football Player of the Year award following his senior year, had been offered numerous full football scholarships from Div 1-AA schools. He was also being actively recruited by Virginia Tech Assistant Coach Bryan Stinespring. Due to scholarship number limitations, Coach Stinespring didn't have a full grant-in-aid to offer Marques. He did, however, have an opportunity. The opportunity was to come to Virginia Tech as a "recruited walk-on" and compete as a member of a major Div 1-A football program, and earn his full scholarship. This opportunity would allow Marques to pursue his dream of playing Div 1-A college football, and he wanted deeply to pursue that dream at Virginia Tech. In his heart, his soul, and his dreams, Marques Hampton knew he was meant to be a Hokie.
Every source I've spoken with regarding Marques Hampton were all in complete agreement that this young man definitely would have earned that scholarship, and would have been a significant contributor to the success of the football team, as well as a fine student-athlete and ambassador for Virginia Tech.
Following the tragic accident last year, the Marques Hampton Memorial Scholarship was established by Virginia Tech. The endowed scholarship will be awarded this year to a football player at Virginia Tech who exemplifies the characteristics of academic success, athletic promise and a strong sense of family and faith. The memorial scholarship has been active for approximately one year, and has been funded in part by donations, as well as individual game and walk-up ticket sales from the Hokies football game last year against James Madison.
However, the scholarship is only approximately one-third funded after one year. I have been assured by the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund that the scholarship will be awarded this year to a current player, but the need to completely fund the memorial scholarship remains a top priority.
Please consider taking the opportunity to make a donation to the Marques Hampton Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be made to the scholarship through the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund, 504 Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va., 24061. For more detailed information, contact Lu Merritt, Director of Development for the VTAF, at (540)231-6618, or by e-mail.
And finally, please take a moment, if you are so inclined, to send out a little thought of prayer for the surviving Hampton family members to help them find the strength to make it through this most difficult time of year.
And to Marques and Antoinette, you're gone but you will never be forgotten by your Virginia Tech family.
Tech To Endow Scholarship In Memory Of Hamptons
The Marques Hampton Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a walk-on football player.
July 23, 1999
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech announced plans Thursday to endow a football scholarship named in honor and memory of Marques Hampton and his mother Antoinette.
Hampton, who was named the 1998 All-Tidewater Football Player of the Year following his senior season at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, was a recruited walk-on for Tech's football team. He and his mother were returning home from a freshman orientation program at Tech when they were killed in an automobile crash Monday on Interstate 81 in Buchanan.
"We all share in the tragedy of the accident involving Marques Hampton," said Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver. "We believe the creation of an endowed scholarship will allow his memory and that of his mother to be kept alive in the Hokie spirit."
The Marques Hampton Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a walk-on football player at Virginia Tech who exemplifies the characteristics of academic success, athletic promise and a strong sense of family and faith.
"Marques' life ended way too soon," said Tech head football coach Frank Beamer. "We only knew him a short time, but he really made a great impression. We want that impression to always be a part of Virginia Tech football. Therefore, I am extremely pleased that we can endow a scholarship to honor both his memory and the memory of his mother."
The scholarship will be given by the Virginia Tech Athletic Family. It will be funded in part by individual game and walk-up ticket sales from the Hokies' season-opening football game against James Madison on Sept. 4 and from donations made to the Marques Hampton Memorial Scholarship through the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund, 504 Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va., 24061.
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