Denise Jolie Martin was a Virginia Beach native that graduated from Longwood University in May of 2018. She graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts, focusing on areas of set design and scenic painting. In her time at Longwood she joined the Iota Tau Cast of Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honors society chapter at Longwood University, her sophomore year. She served in many roles in her time there, including becoming president her senior year. She was an exemplary leader in our theatre department working in various roles on every show, as well as in Longwood’s work with the Virginia Theatre Association where she worked for three years. Denise was the perfect example of a citizen leader in this world. She was always there for anyone and everyone. Never hesitating to show love and compassion to anyone who seemed in need. It took a strong leader to be there for someone like Denise always was. She had incredible determination to make the world a better place and the work ethic to back it up. 

          Unfortunately, Denise passed away just a short month after graduation. And although her journey in life has ended, her story and her ability to help others will never end. Her close friends have a goal of creating a legacy in her honor that will help future theatre students like Denise. This is in the form of The Denise Jolie Martin Scholarship, that will go to a Longwood student majoring in theatre that is in great financial need. Denise fought to find ways to help others in any way she could and this scholarship would allow her legacy of helping others to live on. Our goal is to raise $25,000 in the next 5 years to fund the endowment of the Denise Jolie Martin Scholarship, Class of 2018, to make it available for all future generations of students like Denise.

          We are asking for your support and contributions to this cause. To make an online gift to The Denise Jolie Martin Scholarship go to and enter your giftamount. Select “other” from the drop-down menu and type in “The Denise Jolie Martin Scholarship”. Continue following instructions to fill out the form. Finally, click on the “donate now” button located at the bottom of your screen to complete your gift. To make a gift by mailplease make your check payable to “Longwood University Foundation” and mail it to LongwoodUniversity Foundation, 201 High Street, Farmville VA 23909. Please write in the memo section“The Denise Jolie Martin Scholarship” to ensure it is designated to the right place.


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