The Foundation's Board of Directors met on September 13 and approved 37 grant applications and three donor-designated awards totaling more than $74,000. Human Services grants led the list, with 17 awards, followed by 13 Arts and Humanities awards, 9 Education awards, and 1 Health award. Six applications were not funded, due to a shortage of available funding.


The Grants Committee, chaired by Bob Perkinson, includes Board Members Mary Jo Babbitt, Marie Blackwell, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Kermit Moore, and Community Member Cathy Zimmerman.


The recipients are:



Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, $2,800.00, "Free to Be Me" Program

Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, $2,000.00, Mercer and Tazewell Reading Bee

Oakvale Elementary School, $2,000.00, To purchase Lego building kits

Appalachian South Folklife Center's Learning Day Camp,  $1,000.00, Learning Day Camp

Bluefield College New Opportunity School for Women Program, $640.00, Program expense

Career Connections:  Mercer County Schools,  $1,500.00, 7th/8th graders visit colleges and technical schools

Explore!, $2,000.00, Three hands-on exhibits at the Explore! Science Center

Satira, Inc. , $1,500.00, The Science Addiction Program

Bible in the Schools, $904.28, Donor-Designated


Human Services

American Red Cross, $1,000.00, emergencey services to Mercer county residents

Bluefield Police Department, $5,000.00, Purchase five officer safety partitions for vehicles

Bluefield WV Fire Department, $7,250.00, Jacket and trousers for 8 firefighters

Child Protect of Mercer County, $2,000.00, Well-being and health of families

Childlaw Services, Inc., $2,000.00, curriculum and service project materials

Children's Home Society of WV, $2,000.00, Twelve monthly group sessions

City of Princeton Fire Dept, $2,000.00, Senior citizen fire and fall prevention program

Family Refuge Center, $1,000.00, general support for the Mercer county office

Feeding America Southwest Virginia, $2,000.00, Food distribution program for Tazewell County

Make a Wish Foundation of Greater PA and WV, $2,000.00, Mercer County Make A Wish

Mercer County Spay Association, $1,000.00, Program costs

Princeton Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners, $1,500.00, fitness equipment and dog waste stations for new 2-mile walking trail

Save A Pet Food Bank, $3,000.00, cat food and dog food distribution

Second Chance for Cats, $2,500.00, to spay, neuter and vaccinate 40 cats

The Wade Center, $2,000.00, Help Wade Kids Thrive Program

Toys for Tots, $2,000.00, Program cost

The Wade Center, $376.03, Donor-Designated


Arts & Humanities

4 Pals Productions, $2,000.00, Annual Theatre Festival for local high schools

Alliance for the Arts, Inc., $1,500.00, Refurbish restrooms

Blue Mountain Performing Arts, $2,000.00, Birth of the Beat" opening show

Bluefield Preservation Society, $1,000.00, to purchase ten tents

Bluefield State College Foundation, $2,000.00, Pole banners and hardware

Bluewell Improvement Associates, $1,000.00, Installation of proper equipment for 60 poles used for holiday lights

Bluewell Lions Club ,$2,000.00, 42 new flags, poles and brackets for the Town of  Bluewell

City of Bluefield Beautification Commission, $2,000.00, One bench and one trash receptacle

Community Connections, $1,000.00, Paint and supplies for revitalization program

Mercer County Historical Society, $1,500.00, Expenses associated with Mercer County Heritage Festival

The Trails at Bluefield City Park, $1,690.00, Add a new children's station to the family friendly trail

Town of Bluefield, Beautification Commission, $2,000.00, Banners and seasonal decorations for downtown

Town of Bluefield, IDA, $1,500.00, Tables for the annual quilt show



Mercer Charitable Clinic, $265.19, Donor-Designated



The Community Foundation of the Virginias has awarded scholarships to 86 applicants who applied in the 2016 Scholarship Cycle that concluded earlier this month. The Board of Directors approved awarding $101,250 to assist deserving area students in furthering their education on May 10.

The awards came from 22 individual scholarship funds, and benefit students from Bluefield, Graham, Pikeview, Pipestem Christian, Princeton, Tazewell, Richlands, and River View high schools, as well as several existing college students who qualified for awards to continue their education. The scholarships help students attending 17 colleges and universities.

The following funds awarded scholarships this year:

The Alex Mahood, Jr. Scholarship Fund

The Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Scholarship Fund

The Bluefield High Schools' Alumni Scholarship

The C. B. and Ora Hunter Hancock Memorial Scholarship

The Doctor Jack Walter Witten Scholarship Fund

The East River Mountain Harley Owners Group #5432

The E.R. Gillespie Scholarship Fund

The Maurice and Grace Hanna Weinberg Scholarship Fund

The Graham High School Scholarship Fund, in memory of Donald E. Neal

The Grants Supermarket Fund

The Harman Masonic Lodge #222 Scholarship Fund

The James C. Ramey, Sr. Memorial Scholarship

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 Margaret "Trika" Smith-Burke Scholarship Fund

The Marsha A. Mead, PhD. Scholarship Endowment

The Robert Austin Family Scholarship

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; Gene Bailey; George Brooks; Lisa Lineberry; Kermit Moore; Mary Raub; Bettye VanDyke; and Cathy Zimmerman for their diligence in the scholarship application evaluation process.

 Information about Foundation scholarships and funds is available through a link in the right column of this page.

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