The Deana Kendrick Foundation was created in September 2003 to honor the memory of the late Deana Kendrick. Deana was born in Texas, raised in Missouri and traveled abroad during her time in the Navy. She was stationed in Rota Spain and used that time to explore Europe and Northern Africa. After the left the Navy, she moved to the San Jose area and worked in the medical community. She quit her full time job to go back to school to follow her dream and become a writer. Living without insurance, she died from poor medical treatment on November 30, 2001. At the time of her death, she had recently joined the Navy Reserves and signed up for the Soldiers and Sailors Life Insurance Group. A portion of the monies from that insurance policy was used to form this foundation. As of 2011, over 30 scholarships have been awarded.