Date Posted: 3/18/2011 

The NCFADS is Pleased To Announce The Funding of The Hawke-Petit Scholarship By the Petit Family Foundation. This Scholarship Honors Murder Victims of The Hawke-Petit Family

A memorial scholarship fund has been established with the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies (NCFADS) for Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and Hayley, and Michaela Petit. These three women were murdered in a home invasion in Cheshire, Connecticut just prior to the start of the 2007 Summer School. This Hawke-Petit Scholarship will be awarded annually for a female student to attend the NCFADS’s Summer School, held in Wilmington, N.C. 

Jennifer is the sister and sister-in-law of Cindy and Bill Renn. Hayley, 17 and Michaela, 11 were Bill and Cindy’s nieces and cousins to Evan and Lydia Renn. Bill Renn has served on the NCFADS Board for 8 years and been teaching and attending since 1986. Jennifer Hawke-Petit was Cindy’s only sister. 

Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her kids loved visiting Carolina Beach, often during the week of the Summer School. She knew she would find Bill and Cindy at the Summer School that week. Cynthia and her sister were planning the week together at Carolina Beach on the very evening that Jennifer and her daughters were murdered. 

Jennifer Hawke-Petit’s husband, Dr. William Petit, survived a vicious beating and house fire caused by the two robbers. “If there is anything to be gained by the senseless deaths of my beautiful family, it’s for all of us to go forward with the inclination to live with a faith that embodies action: help a neighbor, fight for a cause, love your family,” Dr. William Petit said during the memorial eulogy. 

The annual Hawke- Petit Summer School Scholarship will benefit a female student who has financial need, a passion for this field, and an interest in the care and welfare of children suffering from the effects of addiction. 

The Board of Directors of the NC Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies will select the recipient, with the first scholarship being awarded during the Summer School -- 2008. 

If you would like to donate to the Hawke-Petit Scholarship fund, contact Jim Edmundson at (910) 799- 6594; or email to The criminal case against the two men that killed Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters has resulted in a death penalty sentence for the first career criminal while the second criminal awaits trial. 

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The FAX Number is 910-799-9550