Howard Weisberg and Nancy Clark - Building better lives for Hampton Roads high school graduates

Howard Weisberg and Nancy Clark - Building better lives for Hampton Roads high school graduates

For decades Howard Weisberg and Nancy Clark specialized in building homes for Hampton Roads families. Starting in 1958 their company, Clark-Whitehill Enterprises, constructed single-family neighborhoods like Windsor Oaks in Virginia Beach and apartment communities like Greenbrier Woods on the Lake in Chesapeake. Weisberg and Clark were partners in the company with her late husband Barry.

Although Weisberg and Clark retired a few years ago, they remain in the building business. But instead of creating homes, they are building better lives for Hampton Roads high school graduates. The tool the retired developers rely on is the permanent Weisberg and Clark Scholarship Fund they started at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation in 2010.

Their interest in education dates to 1965 when their company became an early supporter of the new Tidewater Builders Association Scholarship Foundation. “We built the association’s first scholarship house in 1966,” recalls Weisberg, who has retired to Naples, Florida. Clark, who lives in Virginia Beach, credits Weisberg with encouraging their company to actively support scholarships.

“A lot of people have pet interests,” says Weisberg, former president of the Tidewater Builders Association, says. “Mine is making scholarship awards to help deserving youngsters go to college.”

His motivation stems from experience. Weisberg remembers how the G.I Bill changed his life after World War II by providing money that helped him earn his degree from New York University. “It took me 10 years,” he says, but without education grants he would not have been able to graduate.