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 during the first Gulf War and used that time to explore Europe, Russia, and Northern Africa. After she 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. She died suddenly on November 30, 2001 from a pulmonary embolism. 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 2017, over 46 scholarships have been awarded.