Kristofer J. Hammond Scholarship Endowment Fund
Born on June 4, 1973, in Evanston, Ill., Kris moved to Indiana with his family and attended Mt. Vernon High School where he was recognized for excelling in academics, cross country, and jazz band. He possessed a love of music, history, reading, and writing that served him well throughout his educational pursuits. Kristofor received his degree in Political Science and Journalism from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, and continued his education at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from both institutions.
Kris’ dedication led to a career that allowed him to help others overcome life’s obstacles and he led by example. As a former civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., he fought passionately for equal rights. He then opened a private practice in Alexandria, Va., where he remained dedicated to the cause. Kris worked tirelessly to promote others and helped mentor and support others in their early campaigns for public office. Kris also ran for several public offices himself and served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in a District of Columbia neighborhood. Kris was a very active political commentator and regularly published blogs and articles with a balanced perspective of the current political climate. Kris was guided by a strong faith in God and was active across a wide range of denominations and religious organizations.
The Hammond family join his friends in honoring a special man who left a remarkable legacy of selflessness and kindness through the establishment of the Kristofor J. Hammond Scholarship. The scholarship will recognize an individual who demonstrates many of Kris’ attributes including those of integrity, volunteerism, athleticism, and a love of music. Qualified candidates must be graduates of Mt. Vernon High School pursuing a career in a profession that furthers the well-being of others including political science, social services, criminal justice, or journalism. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.