June 2, 2011: Farmville, Va.—Ask anyone who knew him and they will tell you that Army Capt. Shane Adcock, Longwood ’98, was the epitome of a Phi Tau gentleman. He was charismatic, genuine, very involved with the Fraternity and a friend to everyone.
Five years ago, Adcock was killed in action while serving in Iraq. A grenade struck his Humvee during a convoy operation. From the tragedy came brotherhood within the current chapter and alumni circle, those who knew him and those who didn’t.
“Shane was a man of honor and great character,” said Drew Walker, Longwood ’99, He was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He was a loyal friend, a hard worker and a leader of men.”
Since Adcock’s death, Epsilon Lambda chapter has raised money in his memory for year-to-year scholarships. Recently, Adcock’s close friends, Walker; Jeromy French, Longwood ’99; Dave McWee, Longwood ’99; John Wiggins, Longwood ’99; Loren Hatcher, Walker’s wife, Dana; and French’s wife, Lisa, formed a committee to endow a Longwood University scholarship in his memory.
The university requires a $25,000 base, which must be raised within five years, to endow a scholarship. The committee hopes to double that goal in the five-year period.
“Because [Shane] had the courage to serve our country, he was deprived of his opportunity, at too early an age, to make a [bigger] mark on this world,” French said. “It’s our intention to make a meaningful mark on the world for him, to make sure his sacrifice and spirit are not forgotten.”
Once established, the Captain Shane T. Adcock Memorial Scholarship will be given annually. The scholarship will financially support a Longwood University student who most closely mirrors Adcock’s contributions to the Longwood community.
In March, the committee kicked off the fundraising by hosting a baseball game, “The Game for Shane,” between Atlee High School, Adcock’s alma mater, and Meadowbrook High School, where Walker coaches. Local families, Longwood alumni and undergraduates, and friends of the Adcock family turned out for the event, and the group raised $4,500 to start the fund.
In addition, Epsilon Lambda undergraduates hosted the annual Adcock Memorial Golf Tournament in April, which raised $1,350. Most recently, the chapter participated in a fundraiser called “LUau” at a local restaurant, which raised more than $3,000.
Throughout his short life, Adcock strived to be the best he could possibly be, and he expected nothing less from his chapter brothers. In Adcock's obituary printed in the Fall 2006 Laurel, Brian Davis, Longwood ’96, related a story about one of the first encounters Adam Sunukjian, Longwood ’01, had with Adcock:
“Shane explained that being a Phi Tau should confer confidence, and that [Adam] was now part of a brotherhood that was strong. Shane also told [Adam] to walk with his chest out and chin up high, because as an associate with Phi Kappa Tau, Adam was ‘the man.’
“Shane died a hero, and those that knew him will always remember him as ‘the man.’”
For more information about the Captain Shane T. Adcock Memorial Scholarship or to make a donation to the fund, e-mail