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Community Foundation distributes nearly $50K in scholarships to area students

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge announces awards of nearly $50,000 in scholarships to 38 area students. Each scholarship has its own specific purpose, selection and eligibility criteria. The selection process is managed in a variety of ways, depending on the wishes of the donor.

“We are so thrilled and thankful to be able to offer these scholarships that will potentially open doors that may have otherwise remained closed. By minimizing the financial concerns of these young adults, they can focus on their studies and achieve what they set out to do,” said Becky Kohler, President/CEO of the Community Foundation.

The following students have been awarded a total of nearly $50,000 in Community Foundation scholarship awards this year:

Buffalo Gap High School

  • Charles Lawhorn, Martin Lightsey Scholarship for Technical Education

Fort Defiance High School

  • Kyle Harris, Ethel Driver Memorial Scholarship

Nelson County High School

  • Chelsea Shanklin, Montebello Scholarship

Riverheads High School

  • Catherine Buchanan, Morgan R. Funk Memorial Scholarship
  • Jill Jackson, Christopher D. Rockwell Memorial Scholarship
  • Kyle Armstrong, R.S. Yeago, Jr. Scholarship
  • Taylor Blackwell-Kershner, R.S. Yeago, Jr. Scholarship
  • Joshua Foster, R.S. Yeago, Jr. Scholarship

Robert E. Lee High School

  • Heather Johnson, Martin Lightsey Scholarship for Technical Education
  • Hope Kelliher, The McSwain Scholarship
  • Tara Morrison, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Danielle Nelson, Kenneth L. Jones Memorial Scholarship
  • Brenda Riojas, Ganelle Hargrove Cook Scholarship

Stuarts Draft High School

  • Lauren Ford, A. Gordon Houff Memorial Scholarship and Roy B. Martin Memorial Scholarship

Waynesboro High School

  • Meghan Anson, V.F. and Susan S. Reynolds Scholarship
  • Jordan Driskill, Community Scholarship for Excellence
  • Kylie Roberts, Roy B. Martin Memorial Scholarship
  • Benjamen Shrewsberry, Waynesboro High School Alumni Scholarship
  • Bethany Spencer, Louis and Emily M. Spilman Scholarship
  • Danielle Williams, Lindsay Ree Hyson Memorial Scholarship

Adult/Other Scholarships

  • Megan Garcia, Peter Veglahn Memorial Scholarship
  • Alex Hamborsky, Tyler James Grimm Memorial Scholarship
  • Michael Bower, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Eric Cox, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Trisha Durfee, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Whitney McCormick, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Amy Modlin, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Christopher Ott, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship
  • Darbi Sullivan, John W. Greene Memorial Scholarship

This dynamic group, composed mostly of 2011 high school graduates, will begin college in the fall–pursuing careers in a variety of fields including nursing, education, environmental studies and engineering.

The Community Foundation’s next scholarship award cycle will occur in 2012.


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