The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. has approved 51 applications for Grant Awards totaling more than $120,000.


The awards are broken down into the following Areas of Interest:

22 - Human Services

15 - Arts & Humanities

10 - Education

  4 - Health


The Grants Committee consists of Bob Perkinson, Chairman, and Board members Mary Jo Babbitt, Marie Blackwell, Kathleen Blaydes, Carole Dodson, Kermit Moore, Peter Taylor and Community member Cathy Zimmerman.




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

Oakvale Elementary School, $1,699.00, Playground equipment

Oakvale Elementary School, $1,946.11,STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics)

Academic Center for Excellence - Bluefield College, $1,995.00, Outdoor furniture for student study area

Appalachian South Folklife Center's Learning Day Camp, $2,000.00, free cultural, educational and social opportunities to low income

Bluefield College - The Rampage, $2,000.00, Printing costs of the student newspaper

Bluefield High School, $3,981.93, To purchase two water cooler and bottle filling stations

Bluefield State College Foundation, $3,530.00, to purchase 5 banners and poles

Richlands Elementary School, $1,155.00, Microphones for musical performances

Mercer County Bible in the Schools, $1950.75, Donor-Designated




Greater Bluefield Community Center, $2,445.00, To purchase a new upright bike

Virginia Dental Association Foundation, $2,000.00, Mobile dental clinic services in Wise and Grundy

WVU Foundation, Inc. / Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program, $2,000.00, Low vision clinics in Mercer County

Mercer Charitable Clinic, $565.76, Donor-Designated


Human Services


Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center, $1,900.00, Cribs, mattresses, pack'n plays, and car seats

Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, $1,867.26, Daycare supplies

Bluefield Police Department, $2,000.00, Radar units for new police cruisers

Bluefield WV Fire Dept., $3,124.00, New gloves and hoods for 16 firefighters

Child Protect of Mercer County, Inc., $2,000.00, Items for the Family Resource Center

Children's Home Society of West Virginia, $2,000.00, Fostering Families Support Group

Communities in Schools of Southwest Virginia, $2,500.00, Hidden Closet for Richlands High School students living in poverty

Community Connections, $2,000.00, Camp Mariposa

East River Amateur Radio Club, $2,800.00, Two amateur radios for emergency situations

Friends Unlimited, $3,000.00, 2018 Spring Prom for disabled adults

Make a Wish Foundation of Greater PA and WV, $2,200.00, To help fulfill a Mercer County wish

Mercer County Royal Family Kid Camp, $2,000.00, Kids Camp

Mercer County Spay Association, $2,000.00, Help with spay and neutering costs for low income

Princeton Board of Parks and Recreation, $1,063.00, Golf course kiosk and disc sets

Princeton Police Department, $1,740.00, Promote positive interaction of police and youth program

Save a pet Food Bank, $2,000.00, Pet food to be distributed to low income families

Second Chance for Cats, $1,500.00, Spay and neuter 45 cats

The Salvation Army - Princeton, $2,000.00, Spring break and Summer Day Camp for 2018

Wade Center, $2,000.00, Purchase Ipads for homework

WISE, $1,000.00, Training material only for workshops

Young Life, $2,000.00, Transportation for summer camp 2018

Wade Center, $854.35, Donor-Designated


Arts & Humanities


4 Pals Productions, Inc., $3,000.00, Support for the 6th Annual 4Pals Theatre Festival

Alliance for the Arts, $1,500.00, Repair and refinish the stage in the Summit Theater

Blue Mountain Performing Arts, $2,000.00, To help defray costs of Irish Celebration"

Bluefield Beautification Commission, $2,000.00, One bench and trash receptacle for Durhing Street

Bluefield Preservation Society, $2,000.00, Repair of two garage doors

Bluewell Improvemt Assoc., $3,000.00, LED Information town sign

Bluewell Lions Club, $3,000.00, Town Directory Sign

Charles T. "Chuck" Mathena II Foundation, Inc., $2,000.00, To help subsidize reduced rental rates for schools and non-profits in Mercer County

Graham Historical Society, $2,000.00, Repair, seal and cap the chimneys on the Sanders House.

Mercer County Fair, $1,000.00, Train or other exhibit for 2018 fair

Mercer County Historical Society, $2,000.00, Installation of air-conditioning units

Mercer County Historical Society Heritage Festival, $2,000.00, Professional storyteller fees for 2018

Tazewell County Tourism, $2,000.00, A sign for the new Welcome Center

Town of Bluefield, VA Beautification Commission, $2,100.00, Two basketball goals at the Pinehill Park Playground

Town of Bluefield, VA IDA, $730.00, Banners and cards for marketing

Trails at Bluefield City Park, $2,000.00, Children's music station






The Community Foundation Board of Directors met May 9, and voted to approve scholarship recommendations for 2017. Awards were made from 26 separate funds to 82 individuals, totaling more than $95,000.


The funds are listed below, and those that awarded multiple scholarships are indicated by the number of scholarships awarded.


Alex B. Mahood, Jr. Scholarship - 2 Awards

Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Scholarship

BHS Alumni Scholarship - 4 Awards

BHS Class of '63

C.B. and Ora Hunter Hancock Memorial Scholarship

Cyrus Leroy and Blanche Mae Nicholson Scholarship

Dr. Jack Walter Witten Scholarship - 5 Awards

E. R. Gillespie Scholarship - 3 Awards

East River Mountain H.O.G. #5432 - 3 Awards, 2 for prior recipients

Graham High School Scholarship - 3 Awards

Grants Supermarket Scholarship

Harman Masonic Lodge Scholarship

James and Rebecca Steorts Fund

James C. Ramey, Sr. Memorial Scholarship - 6 Awards

Joshua Lee Shutt Memorial Scholarship - 3 Awards

Kendrick  Scholarship - 4 Awards

Larry and Patsy Douglas Scholarship - 2 Awards

Lauren Alexis Perdue Memorial Scholarship

Margaret "Trika" Smith-Burke Scholarship - 6 Awards, 3 to prior recipients

Marsha A. Mead, Phd Scholarship

Maurice and Grace Weinberg Scholarship - 5 Awards

Max L. and Virginia S. Kammer Family Scholarship - 2 Awards

Ralph and Shirley D. Kiser Family Scholarship

Robert Austin Family Scholarship - 4 Awards to prior recipients

Rose Sinicrope Scholarship - 3 Awards to prior recipients

Roy R. Raub, MD Memorial Scholarship - 17 Awards, 12 to prior recipients


Members of the Foundation's Scholarships Committee are: Carole Dodson, Chair; Gene Bailey; George Brooks; Harry Kammer; Lisa Lineberry; Mary Raub; Bettye VanDyke; and Cathy Zimmerman.