Community Foundation opens nominations for Dawbarn Education Awards

community foundationSince 1993, the Community Foundation has bestowed its Dawbarn Education Awards to individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving education in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County public schools.

Over the course of 24 years, 237 recipients have been awarded over $1.6 million.

The Community Foundation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Dawbarn Education Awards program, established by H. Dunlop “Buz” Dawbarn, on November 28, 2018, with the announcement of 10 award winners who have most successfully met the following criteria:

  • Inspired young people to set educational goals,
  • Encouraged students to reach their full potential, and
  • Fostered a lifelong appreciation of learning in young people below the college level.

Mr. Dawbarn also had concerns about the region’s teen pregnancy rates and an interest in effective mentoring and tutoring for young women.

If you know someone in our community who goes above and beyond to support the education of our youth, please nominate them by visiting The Foundation will select ten Dawbarn Education Award winners, each of whom will receive a cash award of $10,000.

Along with exceptional teachers, some of the best educators are guidance counselors, coaches, secretaries, administrators, custodians, volunteers, bus drivers, mentors, parents, community leaders, and others.

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge will accept nominations for the 25th annual Dawbarn Education Awards through Friday, September 7, 2018.  For additional information, please contact Cristina Casado at (540) 213-2150 or

About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge enriches the quality of life by responding to needs and inspiring philanthropy in our region.  Please visit to learn more about how we connect donors to opportunities for meaningful change.

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