Celebrating the Life of Corey Hood

The Hoody Memorial Fund was established in 2016 in memory of Master Sergeant Corey Hood. The Hoody Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Lakota student who possesses the same positive qualities that Hood exhibited throughout his life – a strong will, a desire to succeed, and “a little bit of grit.”

Hood was a proud Lakota West graduate who played football and wrestled for the school. Corey was a tough athlete both mentally and physically with a lot of heart and energy. After graduating, Hood enlisted in the Army and reported to boot camp just months before 9/11/2001. Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd & 101st Airborne and the 25th Infantry Division, earning numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. He was selected to The US Army Golden Knights, the US Army’s elite parachute team, in 2014.

The Selection Committee of the scholarship is comprised of Hood’s family and friends that grew up with him in West Chester. Even though he traveled all over the world, Corey would always tell people how great West Chester is. Hood loved the town and the school he was from. He would be proud to know that his fund is helping someone from Lakota take the next step in their life. The amount of the scholarship will be $7,500.00. Applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they receive an award. Checks are made payable to the schools’ financial aid office and will be sent directly to the applicant’s selected school.


The Hoody Memorial Fund is a charitable fund established at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty created to raise funds that will positively impact the community aligned in memoriam of Master Sergeant Corey Hood’s character and community impact.


Yearly scholarship to graduate(s) of the Lakota Local School District.

Our goal is to create a fund exceeding $100,000 by 9/1/2021, the five-year anniversary of the Mission, allowing the Fund’s capital to yield contributions for years to come. We also want to expand our goals to honor Corey Hood’s name.