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Scholarship applications offered through The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia are now open! The Foundation’s searchable database offers more than 60 scholarship opportunities for students living in the Central Virginia region. We’re sharing 5 tips to help jump-start your scholarship search:
2. Get Organized
Get out your calendar and mark the deadline dates of the scholarships on your list. Make sure letters of recommendation are requested early! Often the letters of recommendation play an integral role in the selection of award applicants – choose a teacher, faculty member or guidance counselor who knows you well. Scholarship committees want to get to know YOU, and a good letter of recommendation really helps!
3. Work smarter, not harder
Often scholarship applicants can “recycle” essays by tweaking a few sentences. There is no need to reinvent the wheel for every application. Scholarship committee members will not be reading your college applications, so consider recycling an essay if the scholarship application topic is similar. Additionally, make sure a teacher, parent or peer reviews your essay to check for spelling and grammatical mistakes.
4. Small awards add up
Don’t be discouraged by smaller award amounts – every scholarship helps! Guidance counselors are an invaluable resource to help identify scholarships that match your eligibility and financial need. Take advantage of the opportunities available and remember some scholarships can be renewed.
5. See the big picture
Scholarship committees take into consideration the entire application, reviewing community involvement, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc. If you meet all eligibility requirements for a specific scholarship but feel your test scores or GPA do not reflect your ability, for example, use your personal statement to explain and share more. The more you explain, the more committee members are able to get to know you and make the best decision for the scholarship award.
Ready to apply? Review our searchable database for 60+ scholarship opportunities.
The deadline for 2017 scholarship applications is 5:00 p.m., March 2, 2017.
We are pleased to share that 184 scholars were awarded scholarships totaling over $380,000 to continue their education journey. More than 60 scholarships are offered annually through The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia for graduating seniors and adult learners. Through establishing a scholarship fund at TCF, donors have the opportunity to help local students pursue their dreams of higher education based on merit or financial need.
At our recent scholarship celebration, donors and staff members recognized award recipients and celebrated their bright futures. Sr. Vice President of Philanthropy Services Molly Dean Bittner welcomed those in attendance and shared with the students: “Your aspirations are far reaching, and above all, your commitment to service sets you apart. Please accept our congratulations for your accomplishments to date, and for the many accomplishments that are promised in your futures.” The generosity of donors will continue to impact the lives of these students for years to come, and we wish them all the best.
Congratulations to all 2017 scholarship award recipients!
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The Community Foundation is announcing a change to our Community Impact grantmaking process. We will be moving from two competitive grant cycles to one cycle per year, beginning in January of 2018.
Under the new timeline, applications and reviews will occur in the first two quarters of the calendar year, with decisions announced in June.
Some of the rationale for this change includes:
Our website has been updated with a calendar of grant deadlines for 2018. Please refer to the website frequently, as this will serve as our primary method of updates. Nonprofits: please do not plan to make an application to The Community Foundation in 2017, but in early 2018.
This change will not affect grants awarded by the Jenkins Foundation. They will continue to offer bi-annual competitive grant cycles. The next Jenkins Foundation grant process will open October 2nd and applications are due November 6th.
Best wishes to all organizations as we work together to create a healthy, thriving community.
November 10, 2015
(RICHMOND, VA) – At an awards ceremony held Monday evening, The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation recognized 34 outstanding public school teachers selected as finalists for the 2015 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence. Considered among the best in their field, these exceptional instructors demonstrate a sincere passion for teaching while also serving as mentors, coaches and champions for their students. Selected from 102 teachers nominated by students, parents and colleagues, 16 winners and 18 finalists will receive cash grants totaling $185,100.
The R.E.B. Awards provide opportunities for area public school teachers to continue their own love of learning as they pursue adventures of a lifetime. For Evette Cartwright, a 5th grade teacher at G.W. Carver Elementary School in Richmond City, an R.E.B. Award of $11,900 will allow her to travel to Jamaica and Hawaii where she will take a deep dive into science topics covered by the 5th grade SOLs, including geology, oceanography and cultural anthropology.
Brian Letourneau, a history teacher at Hanover High School, goes above and beyond to embrace his students’ learning styles by supporting them on their terms – including late night emails, text reminders, and study sessions at Barnes & Noble. With his award of $11,900, Brian will deepen his understanding of our great nation by visiting the American Presidential Libraries and attending a history education workshop at Stanford University. Brian will share his experiences with students through videos, blogs and pictures of each historical site.
Culinary arts teacher at Chesterfield Technical Center, Sarah Jurewicz, engages her students by weaving art, science, math, reading and economics into her baking lessons. One of her students notes, “Ms. Jurewicz inspires me and challenges me in ways that no teacher has before.” With an award of $12,000, Sarah will explore the purity of ingredients and origins of pastry arts within the countries of Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.
Connected by a desire to make their lessons relevant, all of this year’s R.E.B. award recipients will have a chance to collect real-life experiences, stories and artifacts to refuel their passion for teaching and enhance their ability to bring subject matter to life for their students.
Robert Warren Benway - LC Bird High School (CH) $9,000
To visit the top Maker Spaces in the San Francisco Bay area and attend the international Maker Faire in Singapore; and to visit Cambodia to determine how students can build prosthetics to help the victims of land mine accidents.
Polly Lynne Bosse - Kaechele Elementary School (HE) $11,500
To travel to Hawaii, with a stop in Los Angeles, to gain hands-on experiences and create a multimedia journal of sea animals, marine plants, and island culture.
Mary Victoria Carll - Open High School (RI) $11,800
To travel to Peru and Cuba in order to compare a country that has maintained its historical legacy and cultural and linguistic identities in the face of the 21st century against a country that is just now emerging into the global sphere.
Evette Upshaw Cartwright - G.W. Carver Elementary School (RI) $11,900
To travel to Jamaica and Hawaii to explore the oceanic regions of the East and West Coasts and study geophysical flows, specifically the atmosphere and oceans.
Stephanie Gianni Cochrane - Woolridge Elementary School (CH) $8,200
To travel to the Scottish Lowlands, highlands, and islands seeking inspiration within the landscape, architecture and castles, and the cultural tradition of storytelling.
Teresa Ann Cole - Short Pump Middle School (HE) $12,000
To improve research and writing instruction by traveling to England, France, Germany and Italy to study ancestral culture and history.
Mark Evan Dillon - Bailey Bridge Middle School (CH) $7,400
To experience the Lewis and Clark expedition by retracing their journey from St. Louis, up the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, over the Continental Divide, down the Columbia River and to the Pacific Ocean.
Pamela M. Hall - Cosby High School (CH) $12,000
To lead her class in a virtual field trip/math project based learning activity that focuses on challenges faced by the youth in Richmond, Hawaii & Haiti; and to attend a National Geographic photo workshop.
Sarah Frances Jurewicz - Chesterfield Technical Center (CH) $12,000
To explore the purity of ingredients and origins of pastry arts within the countries of Austria, Switzerland, and Belgium.
Erik Siegfried Leise - Atlee High School (HA) $11,800
To visit Moscow, St. Petersburg and Paris to compare and contrast the Art Deco Movement and the Russian Constructivist Movement of the Early Modernist Period.
Brian Matthew Letourneau - Hanover High School (HA) $11,900
To create engaging U.S. history instructional materials based on information gleaned from the libraries of recent American presidents, a history education workshop at Stanford, and the International Society for Technology in Education conference.
Lauren Melton Lineweaver - Falling Creek Elementary School (CH) $8,100
To travel within the United States to experience cultural and historical landmarks which celebrate our country’s rich history.
Kelly Ann Pace - Atlee High School (HA) $10,800
To find writing inspiration by completing a street photography course and traveling to five U.S. cities, taking photographs of people and places in each location.
Kristen Mae Reynolds - Clover Hill Elementary School (CH) $9,200
To explore practical applications of student leadership by attending the Leader in Me Leadership Symposium; and to expand knowledge of global partnership/service leadership by touring Heifer International Global Village and working in Haitian communities.
Dawn Chentil Sherwood - Highland Springs High School (HE) $12,000
To travel to Antarctica and Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to photograph wildlife and learn about the effects of climate change and sustainability issues.
Joy Marie Siegel - Shady Grove Elementary School (HE) $12,000
To research historical and current points of view of the English, Irish, Northern Irish, and Scottish about colonization, independence, and cultural adaptations through on-site visits, conversation and dance.
All finalists not chosen for a professional development grant will receive a $750 unrestricted cash grant in recognition of their achievements in the classroom.
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At its 8th annual Big Give, Impact 100 Richmond presented two transformative grants of $100,000 each to CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center. This annual event marks the culmination of a year-long women’s giving initiative that brings together more than 300 women from across the Richmond region. Since 2009, members have collectively reinvested $1.2 million in community-based organizations that are either filling gaps in service or expanding programs to address the needs of local residents.
CARITAS is well-known for programs that help the most vulnerable members of our community overcome crisis through overnight shelter, the CARITAS Furniture Bank, the CARITAS Works employment training program and the Healing Place for men. It will use the Impact 100 grant to develop the CARITAS Center, which allows the organization to provide recovery services for women – through a new Healing Place for Women – and consolidate existing programs under one roof.
Founded in 1990, Sacred Heart Center revised its mission in 2011 to create a hub for the Latino community that opens opportunities for social and economic integration, family success and community leadership. In that spirit, the organization will use its award to launch the Family Protection Project. The goal of the project is to provide support, referrals and legal defense to immigrant families in Richmond with the goal to prevent the separation of families.
At the Big Give, held Tuesday evening at the Steward School, members heard presentations from five finalists and then conducted a live vote to determine the 2017 grant recipients. The other finalists included Groundwork RVA, Virginia Advanced Studies Strategies and Virginia Capitol Foundation.
“The Big Give reminds us of what we’re all about – to connect and be connected. As a collection of women philanthropists, we connect with our mission to transform lives through giving, with each other, and with our nonprofit partners,” said Jill Lemon, Chair of Impact 100. “We are excited to add two new partners tonight. Not only will CARITAS and Sacred Heart Center receive grants of $100,000 each tonight, but our members will continue to show support as advocates and volunteers in the year ahead.”
Impact 100 Richmond is a partnership with The Community Foundation that unites women around the simple idea that we can accomplish more together than we can alone. Members are diverse in age and background, but they share a common desire to learn about local issues and combine their resources for positive community change. Through member education, volunteer events and grantmaking, Impact 100 has supported more than a dozen projects ranging from a new teen art center, permanent housing for victims of abuse and increased access to fresh, healthy produce for residents living in food deserts.
“I’ve observed the leadership development in committee members and I’ve seen how our members’ expanded knowledge has continuously turned into actionable results. I love that we’re affecting change with and within each other,” Lemon said.
Impact 100 Richmond is one of three collective giving networks at The Community Foundation and part of a nationwide culture shift of rising women philanthropists. Impact 100 is based on at least 100 women giving $1,100 each to create one or more $100,000 grants – with $1,000 used to support the important work of grant recipients and $100 to support ongoing operations. Members also can pool resources through an Impact Circle – two or three individuals who combine efforts to reach a full $1,100 donation.
Impact 100 membership is open to all women throughout metro Richmond. Membership forms are available at www.impact100rva.org.
A generous $20M bequest will support nonprofits in Richmond and Mount Airy, NC.
James M. (“Jim”) Frye died in April 2015, leaving a philanthropic legacy to the communities he loved. The $20 million bequest to The Community FoundationServing Richmond and Central Virginia endows an unrestricted fund that will enhance local grantmaking, as well as restricted endowments that will provide ongoing support to over 30 eligible organizations in Richmond and Mt. Airy, NC. In addition to the bequest to The Community Foundation, his estate provided direct charitable bequests to a number of organizations.
At age 84, Jim looked back on a life of singular accomplishment. He rose from depression-era poverty in Mount Airy, North Carolina to become Director of Government Relations for Phillip Morris, one of the world's largest and most profitable public companies. After retirement in 1988, he served the company as a consultant for 19 more years, completing a remarkable 55 years of service. Jim and the many leaders who worked alongside him helped build the company into the leader in the tobacco industry.
Jim was known for his deep friendships, his good humor, and his integrity in business and in life. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 1953, gaining admission on a football scholarship. Then he joined his lifetime employer as a management trainee, earning an MBA from Richmond while working full-time. He served his country two years in the Army, including a year in Japan right after the Korean Conflict.
His potential for leadership was recognized in 1966 with a posting to the Brookings Institution as a Public Affairs Fellow, and there he served Congressman Gerald Ford, who would go on to be America's 38th President. That relationship would result in a lifelong friendship. The President's balanced and unselfish approach to problems influenced Jim in business and philanthropy.
Jim knew that both organizations and community needs change over time. This made him reluctant to set aside significant capital for a cause unless he could be assured that the organization would be monitored and his committed funds managed professionally. Jim learned of The Community Foundation in 1997 and, true to his creed, investigated it. He crafted a careful plan to give nearly all of his savings to charitable causes after the death of he and his wife, Virginia Nash Frye. In the meantime, he gave generously and always anonymously each year. His plan included meaningful capital gifts to selected charities including St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (his church), Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (board member for 15 years) and others in Mount Airy.
The balance of his estate was gifted to The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia to fund endowments for ongoing support of his chosen causes, but with 25% reserved to address community needs as identified by the Foundation. Of particular importance to Jim Frye was the duty of the Foundation to monitor the organizations selected and to move endowment support to other organizations if they failed to perform effectively or if the need served dwindled.
Always a very private person, Jim requested toward the end of his life that the details of his plan be publicized after his death. This was not for his aggrandizement ("After all I won't be around," Jim said with typical wry humor) but to encourage others to give.
Frye’s philanthropy was influenced by his life experience – growing up during the Depression when basic things were scarce; mentors during his life who coached and encouraged his talent and leadership; the loss of loved ones due to health considerations; and, his faith. His legacy of philanthropy is captured in the themes of helping children, promoting the dignity and well-being of less fortunate persons, supporting health and expressing faith through community outreach. Jim’s wife of 47 years, ‘Lucky’ as she was known to her close friends, died in 2010. In addition to his charitable gifts, Jim Frye left meaningful bequests to his and Lucky's extended family members and a few close friends.
During the time Jim worked with Philip Morris, the company was making its first charitable grants. Today, the company’s philanthropic legacy spans 50+ years, setting a corporate culture of giving and community engagement by company leaders and employees. Jim was fully invested in Philip Morris, and contributed significantly to the company’s strong performance during his career. In his eulogy to Frye, long-time friend Bill Leidinger exclaimed that “Jim just didn’t work for Philip Morris. Jim was Philip Morris! He was Philip Morris personified.”
Friends report that Frye never sold a share of Philip Morris and he would acquire the stock whenever he could. The Philip Morris Companies (now Altria) investment story has been an amazing one in its own right. A $360 investment in just 10 Altria shares in 1970 would have grown to more than $500,000 today, with reinvested dividends. But it was Frye’s investment acumen and discipline that Jim brought to actively managing his own money in retirement that proved to be brilliant and produced the wealth that enabled his philanthropy.
Jim’s loyalty to Altria, his entrepreneurial spirit and his compassion for others translated into millions for the communities he loved and will now benefit countless people through this bequest to The Community Foundation.
Organizations benefiting from Frye’s Estate are as follows:
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Peter Paul Development Center supports residents in the East End of Richmond and educates its students by equipping them to serve as positive contributors to their family, community and society. The grant will help complete the organization’s 5,000 square foot capital expansion campaign, nearly doubling the number of children served through its onsite academic program.
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