Senior Chief Scott DeCoste was born in Framingham, Mass and raised in Woonsocket, Rhode Island . After his 1984 graduation from Woonsocket High School, he proudly served his country from 1984 until his retirement in January, 2007. He then started a new career as a Sales Manager with the Southern Auto Group in Chesapeake, Virginia that continued until his death in 2015.
Scott loved his family, CrossFit Krypton, and not only was a New England Patriots season ticketholder, but also their biggest fan. He was also known as a "go big or go home" type of guy and everything he did, he gave his all.
Scott died on August 31, 2015 after a short 8 week battle with a service connected cancer. He had just turned 49 years old. He leaves behind his wife Lisa, children and grandchildren.
We are a 501(c)3 organization that was formed June 13, 2016, with the mission of keeping Scott's memory alive by helping others.
We award yearly scholarships to high school seniors in both Rhode Island and the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia. Our RI award is given to a graduate of Woonsocket High School, where Scott graduated. In keeping with Scott's love of the Navy, the Hampton Roads winner is a child of a military parent. This parent can be either active duty, a veteran, or deceased.
In 2017, we also began a "Pay It Forward" initiative in Scott's memory on his birthday, July 21st. The ask is for people to do a good deed in honor of his birthday. To date, we have had numerous states and several countries participate.
Overcoming an academic or personal obstacle prior to graduation.