The Hammond Foundation and its founders are true believers in the importance of education. Since the 2003/2004 school year, a total of seventy-six scholarships have been awarded to Loudoun County, VA and St. Johns County, FL high school seniors. Additionally, we are strong supporters of the public schools systems and the dedication and commitment made by excellent teachers and administrators. We've sponsored reading programs at a Loudoun County elementary school since 2004, and have supported the "Reading is Fundamental" program for several years.
"One of my primary mentors growing up was my Great Aunt Fannie, the first black female school principal of Sanford, Florida. She guided my brother and I through grade school and on through college and saw to it that we had all of the books, school supplies and clothes that we needed." - Verle Hammond
"Having taught for many years around the world, I've seen children who couldn't afford the things they needed to help them succeed - a tutor, a computer, or even parents who could be home from work long enough to help with homework As a young girl, I had so much encouragement from my grandparents, parents, aunts, and even my teachers." - Eleanor Hammond
"We want to do whatever we can to help minority children develop self esteem and an understanding of the importance of education - to give them the kind of 'kin' support that made such a difference for us." - Verle & Eleanor Hammond