Dr. Gwendolyn Moss

Dr. Gwendolyn Moss

Ever since Dr. Gwendolyn Moss’ mom Joyce passed away in 1998 she had pondered the best way to permanently honor her mom’s memory. After she lost her dad James in the summer of 2015, Moss decided the timing was right to create the Rev. Dr. Joyce G. Moss Theological Scholarship at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation in memory of her mother.

Moss, assistant principal at Deep Creek Middle School in Chesapeake, is no stranger to the power of scholarships. Scholarships helped her graduate debt-free from Norfolk State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. When she was a high school guidance counselor, Moss saw how scholarships changed lives of seniors heading off to college.

“I am excited to be able to do this. I think my mom would have a big smile on her face right now,” Moss says of her mother who was secretary of First Baptist Church West Munden in Chesapeake for 20 years and after earning her degrees became associate pastor. The scholarship is for students attending either Richmond Virginia Seminary, her mother’s alma mater, or Regent University School of Divinity. Gwen earned her master’s degree from Regent. Moss Scholars will be students who dream of pursuing a full-time career in Christian ministry like Moss’ mom did.

Rev. Dr. Joyce Moss grew up in Norfolk County, which is now Chesapeake and graduated from night school when Moss, the youngest of her three daughters, was in junior high. Joyce Moss earned two bachelor’s, a master’s and honorary doctorate of divinity degrees. Joyce Moss later taught at her seminary and served as president of Tidewater Alumni Association of Richmond Virginia Seminary.