The Stockdale Foundation was established in 2009 by Marty Stockdale (Coral Springs, FL) as a means to honor the memory of his daughter, Nicole. After consulting members of both sides of Nicole's family, it was decided the best way to honor her memory was to establish a scholarship fund. Once that was decided the next step was to determine who he wanted to help--those who were going to pursue a bachelor's degree at a four year college, or those who weren't going to a four year college, yet still needed additional education in order to follow their desired career path. At this point he consulted a number of professionals from the field of education: counselors, teachers and coaches. The feedback he received was overwhelmingly in favor of the non-four year college students. So, with that in mind, he formally established the Nicole Lynn Stockdale Memorial Vocational Scholarship in 2009 and four years later, in 2013, the Nicole Lynn Stockdale Memorial Firefighter Scholarship.
The Stockdale Foundation, at present, consists of five board members and an application review committee.
Nicole Lynn Stockdale, the only child of Marty and Julie Stockdale, was born September 3, 1988 in San Diego, CA at 10:19 PM. She weighed 8 lbs 7 oz and had a mohawk of dark hair. At the time of her birth her Dad was in the US Navy and stationed on the USS La Jolla (SSN 701), a nuclear powered submarine. When she was 20 months old she moved with her Mom and Dad to Vallejo, CA. One year later Nicole was on the move again, this time to Newport News, VA. A year later, she was on her way to the Summerville, SC area where she grew up, went to school, and made friends. Nicole Lynn Stockdale died April 15, 2008 at 4:46 PM.
Nicole was a vivacious young woman. She made friends easily, and when she did, she was usually that person's best friend. She loved to smile, she loved the camera, and she loved to dance. At the time of her death Nicole was 3 weeks away from walking across the stage to receive her high school diploma.
Nicole is missed every day by those that knew her; her absence in our lives will never be filled. But her love, her smile and her desire to help others will live on through this foundation.