Community Foundation awards 77 scholarships to area students

2013 Scholarship Winners

Danville, VA- The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has awarded 77 scholarships totaling more than $149,000 to area students. Presentations from 30 different scholarship funds within The Community Foundation were made at a scholarship reception held May 5, 2013 at The Community Center at Chatham.

The Bennett-Bushnell-Jones-Kaufman Scholarship was established from four individual scholarships to benefit outstanding nursing students at Danville Regional Medical Center School of Health Professions. These scholarships were transferred to The Community Foundation in 2008 by the Piedmont Health Foundation. Recipients will be announced May 17th.

The James W. Bryant, Sr. and James T. Collie Scholarship was established with The Community Foundation in 2005 by a retired school teacher. The scholarship is for Pittsylvania County Public Schools graduates, with a preference for those pursuing education or nursing. Three scholarships of $1,600 each were awarded to high school seniors Brittnie Cooke (Liberty University), Keona Guy (Dan River High School) and Lexus Khan (Tunstall High School).

The Bernard C. Calvert Scholarship was established in 2004 by the Brosville Council #51 of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. The scholarship is restricted to Tunstall High School graduates, preferably students who attended either Brosville or Stony Mill Schools. Nicole Miller (Tunstall High School) is receiving $1,400.

The John Watson Daniel Scholarship was established by the JWD Retirement Club in 1997. A scholarship in the amount of $600 was presented to Caroline Gilliam (George Washington High School).

The Danville Academic Boosters Club Scholarship is awarded to the top five scholastic students in Danville Public School system. The following students are receiving scholarships – Daniel Reddy (Galileo Magnet High School), Dondre Marable (Galileo Magnet High School), Katherine Campbell (GWHS), John Robinson III (GWHS) and Erica Dixon (Galileo Magnet High School).

The Danville Regional Medical Center Auxiliary/Volunteers Scholarship was established in 2007 for Danville Regional Medical Center employees, volunteers and their immediate families, who are studying a medical field. Nine scholarships of $2,300 each were awarded to Chloe Clarridge (Chatham High School), Melissa Corbin (Danville Community College), Pamela Cornell (Liberty University), Peyton Gill (Tunstall High School), Morgan Oakes (James Madison University), Ashlee Pickrel (Chatham High School), Brianna Ryan (James Madison University), Thaingoc Tran (Averett University) and Brittney Venable (Dan River High School).

The Roy L. and Mary G. Doss Scholarship was established in 2010 to benefit graduating seniors of Danville or Pittsylvania County. The following students received $5,500 each – Sierra Franklin (GWHS), Ram Leandro Madejas (GWHS) and John Robinson III (GWHS). 2011 scholarships were renewed for Calvin Bagby (St. John’s University), Joshua Estabrook (Liberty University), Claire Francisco (Liberty University), Latasha Jennings (University of Virginia), Kristen Light (Toccoa Falls College), Nathan Unger (University of Georgia) and Christopher Waters (University of Virginia). Each received $5,500.

The Susan L. Edwards Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Susan L. Edwards in 2012. The scholarship is awarded to students pursuing the field of radiologic technology. Susan Norton (Danville Regional Medical Center Radiologic Program) received $1,025.

One student received the John R. and Betty B. Eggleston Scholarship, established in memory of Dr. and Mrs. Eggleston in 2002. The scholarship was presented to Kaitlin Robertson (University of NC at Pembroke) in the amount of $650.

The Margaret Spruce Floyd Scholarship was established in memory of Mrs. Floyd and transferred to The Community Foundation in 2003. The scholarship is awarded to female high school students from Pittsylvania County. Brianna Hess (James Madison University) received $1,550.

The Gantsoudes Scholarship was established with The Community Foundation in 2008. The scholarship benefits George Washington High School students attending college in Virginia or North Carolina. De’anna Forbes (GWHS) received $1,550.

The Roy G. and Joan F. Gignac Scholarship was created in 2000 to benefit area students who may attend the Illinois Institute of Technology or pursue technical disciplines. Scholarships were awarded to Phillip Dumont (Virginia Tech), Cody Finch (Averett Univeristy), Ryan Ross (Virginia Tech) and Garnall Travis (GWHS). Each received $2,800.

The John B. Grubb Scholarship was established in 2007 in memory of Mr. Grubb to benefit Danville and Pittsylvania County Public School graduates. Ling Guo (Virginia Tech) received $625.

The GW Class of 1957 Scholarship was established in 2007 with The Community Foundation. The Class of 1957 created the scholarship for their 50th High School Reunion to benefit George Washington High School students. Shontell White (GWHS) received $1,475.

The Ray M. Harris Scholarship was created in memory of Mr. Harris and transferred to The Community Foundation in 2004. The scholarship gives primary consideration to Pittsylvania County high school graduates. Two Ray M. Harris scholarships were awarded this year. Victoria Cox (Virginia Tech) and Victoria Gentry (Liberty University) each received $2,150.

The Stuart Harris Drama Scholarship recognizes outstanding drama students in the Danville Public Schools. Angel Moore (Galileo Magnet High School) received $1,250.

The John L. Hurt, Jr. Scholarship supports students from Gretna High School, with a preference for students who have attended the John L. Hurt, Jr. Elementary School. Amanda Mayhew (Lynchburg College) received $1,625.

The Herman C. Kelly Scholarship is a temporary fund established in memory of Herman Kelly. The scholarship is awarded to students attending Chatham High School and will be paid out in full this year. Cassie Roark (Chatham High School) received $2,150.

The Robert and Bernice Milam Scholarship was transferred to the foundation in 2010 from Third Avenue Congregational Christian Church to benefit its active members. The following students each received $1,250 – Allison Case (Danville Regional Medical Center Radiologic Program), Kelsey Case (Danville Community College), Stuart Davis (Greensboro College), Carrie Hartgrove (University of Virginia), Tyler High (Tunstall High School), and Dustin Marshall (University of Virginia).

Three scholarships totaling $4,200 were awarded from the Onnie H. & Bertie W. Milloway Scholarship to assist area students who attend Averett University. Scholarships were presented to current Averett students Dennis Bouse II, Margaret Burnette and Jasmine Reid.

The Patrick H. Musick Scholarship was established to provide funding for deserving Averett University students who have a tennis-playing background. Kelsey Harris (Averett University) was awarded $675.

The Arnold B. Porter & Elizabeth J. Porter Scholarship was established in 2006 for students who are members of Fairview United Methodist Church. Two students, Kaitlyn Ferrell (Averett University) and Kevin Ferrell (Averett University), received $1,250 each.

Two students received scholarships for $1,375 each from the Irene L. Pritchett Scholarship, created years ago to benefit area black students. The Pritchett scholarship was transferred to The Community Foundation in 2001. Jazmine Willard (Longwood University) and Dondre Marable (Galileo Magnet High School) were the recipients.

The Alger Pugh Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Alger Pugh, GW High School football coach, after his death in 1984. The scholarship was then transferred to The Community Foundation and is given to deserving GW athletes. Two students were awarded scholarships of $1,400 each – Matthew Riddle (Virginia Tech) and Ali Stephens-Pickeral (Yale University).

Five Gretna High School seniors were awarded $1,300 each from the Richard Ramsey Scholarship. The Scholarship was created in memory of Mr. Ramsey, a Gretna High School teacher, many years ago and transferred to The Community Foundation in 2010. This scholarship was created to benefit Gretna High School students. The recipients are Mary Hammock, Keri Holt, Deonna Jennings, Rebecca Owens, and Andrea Vennable.

A scholarship in the amount of $2,025 was given from the Riddle-Francis Scholarship, which was created in 2005 by a former teacher to benefit Pittsylvania County students, with a preference for Tunstall and Dan River students. The scholarship was awarded to Erin Gusler (Dan River High School).

The Percy and Velna Scearce Scholarship was created in 2001 to benefit area students. Lindsey Roberts (Liberty University) received $1,250.

The Spiros Skenderis Memorial Scholarship was created by the Danville Bar Association in memory of Judge Spiros Skenderis. Judge Skenderis served as a compassionate judge of the Danville Juvenile and Domestic Relations District for 19 years. A $1,650 scholarship was awarded to Sarah Doss (Galileo Magnet High School).

The Eileen and Joseph Stendig Scholarship was created in 2005 to benefit area students. Audrey Savage (College of Charleston) was awarded $1,775.

The Louise P. Surles Scholarship supports area students who attend the University of Virginia. Keri Holt (Gretna High School) was awarded $2,325.

The Florence P. Wagner and Jennie Lee Wagner Scholarship was established in 2008 to provide scholarships to Pittsylvania County high school graduates. Rachel Brown (College of William and Mary) was awarded $1,175.

The Andy Warren Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of GW High School assistant football coach and is given to deserving GW athletes. William Browning (GWHS) and Ashley Riddle (Radford University) received $1,200 each.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a fully tax-exempt organization. Individuals or businesses may establish their own endowment or scholarship fund or may contribute any amount to existing funds. For more information, contact Debra L. Dodson at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA, 24541, (434) 793-0884, visit their web site or follow them on Facebook.