Grant and Scholarship Awards for 2012




The Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. is pleased to announce it has approved 30 grant awards for 2012. These awards totaling more than $50,000 represent the Foundationís 16th annual grant cycle supporting local nonprofit groups and community projects. With the inclusion of the 2012 awards, the Foundation has invested more than $875,000 in the area in grants and scholarships since its first grants cycle in 1997.


The Foundation appreciates the dedication of the Grants Committee, whose members Rich Bezjak, Phyllis Beaver-Horwitz, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Darryl Hudson, Doris Sue Kantor, Kermit Moore and  Susan Cooper-Snyder who labored diligently under the direction of Chairman Bob Perkinson to review applications and recommend grant awards the the Foundation Board of Directors for Approval.

The Board of Directors of the Foundation unanimously approved the following grants on September 11, 2011, and funded them through the Foundation Funds listed with each award: 

Donor Advised Fund Awards


Appalachian South Folklife Center - $2,000.00 - Learning Day Camp 2013 - Fund for Mercer County Ruth Creasy and A. Elmo Fleshman Fund

First Book Mercer County and Tazewell County, c/o the United Way  - $2,000.00 - to provide books to low-income children in Mercer and Tazewell Counties - Fund for Mercer County, BDT Literacy Fund, Unrestricted Fund

New Opportunity School for Women Foundation, Inc. - $2,000.00 - developing a partnership with Bluefield College for low-income women - Fund for Mercer County, Ghia Borg Fund, Ruth Creasy and A. Elmo Fleshman Fund

Whitethorn Primary School - $2,000.00 - materials for classroom - Fannie Kate and Betty Gardner Bailey Fund, Jeffrey Edward Shott Memorial Fund, Judge Jerome and Hilda R. Katz Fund, and the Bluefield Rotary Fund

Human Services

Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens - $2,000.00 - to purchase and install a new stove - AEP Community Service Fund, Unrestricted Fund

Buckskin Council Boy Scouts of America - $2,000.00 - continuation of Boy Scout Program in Mercer and Tazewell counties - Perkinson Family Fund, Unrestricted Fund

Center for Christian Action - $600.00 - purchase computers for the program - Unrestricted Fund

City of Bluefield Fire Department - $2,000.00 - training courses for the Gemtor External Harnesses and PETZEL EXO Personal Escape Systems - Rotary Club of Bluefield, Anonymous Fund, and Unrestricted Fund

Princeton Board of Parks and Recreation - $2,000.00 - handicapped accessible drinking fountains at the city park and playgrounds - Sandra Gayle Monk Memorial Fund

Princeton Elks Lodge - $1,000.00 - granite statue honoring all branches of the military - Unrestricted Fund

Princeton Police Department - $2,000.00 - DNA ID kits and 4-pack crayons with 911 information for 1,000 children - Unrestricted Fund

Richlands Athletic League - $2,000.00 - fund the purchase and delivery of an infield tarp - Unrestricted Fund

Royal Family Kids Camp - $2,000.00 - camp expenses - Fund for Mercer County

Second Chance for Cats - $500.00 - to provide veterinary services for cats - Fannie Kate and Betty Gardner Bailey Fund

Sunrise Center, Inc. - $2,000.00 - support for the purchase of books and supplies for classes and to upgrade computer - Ruth Creasy and A. Elmo Fleshman Fund, Community Action Grant Fund, Unrestricted Fund

The Wade Center  - $2,000.00 - program to fill backpacks with meals for the weekend to low-income children - Fund for Mercer County

Town of Bluefield, VA - $2,000.00 - to purchase audible pedestrian signals at the four-way intersection downtown - Sandra Gayle Monk Memorial Fund and the Unrestricted Fund


Arts & Humanities

4 PALS Productions - $2,000.00 - set construction and lighting expenses - Unrestricted Fund

Bailey Log House Graham Historical Society - $1,000.00 - Bailey Log House Reconstruction project  - Fannie Kate and Betty Gardner Bailey Fund and the Unrestricted Fund

Beautification Commission of Bluefield, VA - $1,700.00 - to replace picnic tables in Jack Asbury Square - Ammar Family Fund and the Unrestricted Fund

Bluefield Fine Arts Commission - $2,000.00 - to fund 5 free concerts for "Music in the Air at Chicory Square" at $400 each - Unrestricted Fund

Bluefield, WV Beautification Commission - $2,000.00 - to purchase two benches and one trash receptacle - Ammar Family Fund, Community Action Grant Fund, Unrestricted Fund

Blue Mountain Performing Arts - $2,000.00 - funding for final concert of the season - Judge Jerome and Hilda Katz Memorial Fund and the Unrestricted Fund

Bluewell Improvement Association, Inc.  - $2,000.00 - expansion of holiday lights - Charles A. and Marjorie M. Peters Fund and the Unrestricted Fund

Mercer County Fair - $1,500.00 - Agricadabra Magic Show - Warren Ashby and Elizabeth Featherstone Thornhill Memorial Fund and the Unrestricted Fund

Southwest Virginia Community College - $2,000.00 - to fund the concert by Camerata Virtuosi New York in Bluefield - Unrestricted Fund

Theatre Arts of West Virginia (dba Theatre West Virginia, Inc.) - $1,600.00 - to present "Miss Nelson is Missing" to school children - Unrestricted Fund


Donor-Designated Fund Awards

Education - Bible in the Schools of Mercer County - $1,242.12 - B. G. and Rachel Blalock Fund

Health - Mercer Charitable Clinic - $507.71 - Charles E. and Jerry Ann Myles Fund

Human Services - The Wade Center - $691.11 - Sylvester C. and Janice M. Myers Fund



The Community Foundation of the Virginias has awarded 56 scholarships from the nearly 100 students who applied in the 2012 Scholarship Cycle that concluded earlier this month. The Scholarships Committee evaluated more than 200 applications, and submitted its recommendations to the Board of Directors on May 8, and the Board approved awarding more than $52,000 to assist deserving area students in furthering their education.


The awards came from 17 individual scholarship funds, and benefit students from Bluefield, Graham, Hurley, Pikeview, Princeton, Tazewell, Richlands, and River View high schools, as well as several existing college students who qualified for awards to continue their education, and one home-schooled student.


The following funds awarded scholarships this year:

   The Alex Mahood, Jr. Scholarship Fund
   The Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Scholarship Fund
   The C. B. and Ora Hunter Hancock Memorial Scholarship
   The Doctor Jack Walter Witten Scholarship Fund
   The E.R. Gillespie Scholarship Fund
   The Maurice and Grace Hanna Weinberg Scholarship Fund
   The Graham High School Scholarship Fund
   The Harman Masonic Lodge #222 Scholarship Fund
   The James and Rebecca Steorts Fund
   The Joetta Collins Hooker Memorial Scholarship Fund
   The Joshua Lee Shutt Memorial Scholarship Fund
   The Kendrick Scholarship Fund
   The Lindsay Rebekah Haun Memorial Scholarship Fund
   The Max and Virginia Kammer Family Scholarship Fund
   The Rose Sinicrope Scholarship Fund
   The Roy R. Raub M.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund
   The William G. Skewes Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation thanks Scholarships Committee members Carole Dodson, Chair; Mary Azzo; Gene Bailey; Carl Gillespie; Eugenia Hancock; Mary Raub; Jim Steorts, Bettye VanDyke and Susan Whittaker, for their diligence in the scholarship application evaluation process.




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