Foundation awards nearly 100 scholarships
Foundation of the Virginias, Inc. will assist dozens of area
students pursue their goal of a college education this fall with 93
Scholarship awards in the 2018 Scholarship Cycle.
These awards total
$142,200 from 26 individual scholarship funds. Graduating seniors
from the following high schools benefited from Foundation
scholarship funds: Bluefield, Graham, Montcalm, Pikeview, Princeton,
Richlands and Tazewell.
acknowledges and appreciates the devotion to their task of the members
of the Scholarships Committee: Carole Dodson, Chair, and Members Gene
Bailey, George Brooks, Tom Chaffins, Harry Kammer, Lisa Lineberry, Mary
Raub, Becky Steorts, Bettye VanDyke, and Cathy Zimmerman.
Foundation grant funds fireworks event
celebrate the Fourth of July
A large and enthusiastic crowd was on hand for
fireworks after the Bluefield Blue Jays game on July 3rd, which was
funded by a Foundation grant from the Payne-Cofer Fund for Bluefield.
Thank you Bluefield Baseball Club for the wonderful acknowledgement of
the Foundation's grant for this event!
Foundation presents award to Bluefield High School Theater
Department for stage production
The Bluefield High
School Foundation Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of
the Virginias, Inc., recently granted an award of $7,000. The grant
was presented to the BHS Theater Department, and will be used to
fund the production of "Grease," with two showings, on Saturday, May
5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m.
Pictured, left to right,
Michael Collins, Bluefield High School Principal; Steve Hopta, Chairman
of the Bluefield High School Foundation; Shawn Williams, English and
Drama instructor; and Kermit Moore, President of the Community
Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.
The Community Foundation
is pleased to be able to support educational activities and the arts in
the Mercer/Tazewell area through endowments interested individuals and
groups have funded at the Foundation.
Foundation funds Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce
Mercer-Tazewell Reading Bee project with grant award
Shown above receiving
the $2,000 grant for the Mercer-Tazewell Reading Bee are (l to r)
Becky Ritter, GBCC Board Chair and Michael Johnson, Community Life
Division Chair. Gene Bailey (at right), Vice President of the Community
Foundation of the Virginias, Inc., made the presentation at the
March Chamber meeting.
The Reading Bee project is
one of the annual projects that the Foundation has been funding for
several years, and one of the ways the Foundation supports education in
of Bluefield, Virginia receives grants
Community Foundation of the
Virginias, Inc. Executive Director James Shott recently presented two
grant awards to the Town of Bluefield from the 2017 Grants Cycle.
In photo at right, Executive
Assistant Kim Hernandez receives the $2,100 award to the Beautification
Commission to install basketball goals at the Pinehill Park Playground.
In the left photo, Community
Development Coordinator Billie Roberts receives the second award for
$730 which went to the IDA for banners and cards for marketing purposes.
Young Life receives Foundation grant
Erin White, a staff
associate with Young Life, receives a Foundation grant in support of the
organization's 2018 camp for Graham High School students from Foundation
Executive Director James Shott.
The grant will help defray
transportation costs, and thereby reduce the costs for participants to
attend the camp. About 40 students will attend the camp in Goshen,
recipients acknowledged Foundation grants
Abel Crisis Pregnancy Center
employees and clients were on hand November 9th to display
items purchased with a $1,900 grant.
These items are sold to
clients to help them take care of their newborn children, and are paid
for with "dollars" earned by attending educational classes at the
Four members of the East
River Amateur Radio Club came to the Foundation office on November 13th
to receive a $2,800 award.
The award will help the Club
update its equipment to be used in emergencies to provide emergency
communications when other methods are unavailable, such as in power
Foundation grant assists
Bluefield State College
Foundation awarded the Bluefield State College Foundation $3,530 for
the purchase of five gonfalons (banners and poles), one for each of
the five schools on campus, to assist the College in its rebranding
Pictured at right, BSC
President Dr. Marsha Krotseng receives the award from Foundation
Executive Director James Shott.
Bluefield College ACE receives Foundation Grant
Wayne Pelts, Assistant
Director of the Academic Center for Excellence at Bluefield College,
receives a grant from The Community Foundation's Executive Director,
James Shott, for funding for improvements to the Center.
The $1,995 grant will
be used to provide furniture for outdoor study spaces just outside
of the Center.
Foundation Board Approves Grant Requests
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.
Bluefield Chamber of Commerce Reading Bee for Mercer and Tazewell,
Elementary School, $1,699.00, Playground equipment
Elementary School, $1,946.11,STEM (science, technology, engineering
Center for Excellence - Bluefield College, $1,995.00, Outdoor
furniture for student study
Appalachian South Folklife Center's Learning Day Camp, $2,000.00,
free cultural, educational and
social opportunities to low income
College - The Rampage, $2,000.00, Printing costs of the student
High School, $3,981.93, To purchase two water cooler and bottle
State College Foundation, $3,530.00, to purchase 5 banners and poles
Elementary School, $1,155.00, Microphones for musical performances
County Bible in the Schools, $1950.75, Donor-Designated
Bluefield Community Center, $2,445.00, To purchase a new upright
Dental Association Foundation, $2,000.00, Mobile dental clinic
services in Wise and
Foundation, Inc. / Children's Vision Rehabilitation Program,
$2,000.00, Low vision clinics
Charitable Clinic, $565.76, Donor-Designated
Crisis Pregnancy Center, $1,900.00, Cribs, mattresses, pack'n plays,
and car seats
Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, $1,867.26, Daycare supplies
Police Department, $2,000.00, Radar units for new police cruisers
WV Fire Dept., $3,124.00, New gloves and hoods for 16 firefighters
Protect of Mercer County, Inc., $2,000.00, Items for the Family
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
students living in poverty
Connections, $2,000.00, Camp Mariposa
River Amateur Radio Club, $2,800.00, Two amateur radios for
Unlimited, $3,000.00, 2018 Spring Prom for disabled adults
Wish Foundation of Greater PA and WV, $2,200.00, To help fulfill a
Mercer County wish
County Royal Family Kid Camp, $2,000.00, Kids Camp
County Spay Association, $2,000.00, Help with spay and neutering
costs for low income
Board of Parks and Recreation, $1,063.00, Golf course kiosk and disc
Police Department, $1,740.00, Promote positive interaction of police
and youth program
pet Food Bank, $2,000.00, Pet food to be distributed to low income
Chance for Cats, $1,500.00, Spay and neuter 45 cats
Salvation Army - Princeton, $2,000.00, Spring break and Summer Day
Camp for 2018
Center, $2,000.00, Purchase Ipads for homework
$1,000.00, Training material only for workshops
Life, $2,000.00, Transportation for summer camp 2018
Center, $854.35, Donor-Designated
Productions, Inc., $3,000.00, Support for the 6th Annual 4Pals
for the Arts, $1,500.00, Repair and refinish the stage in the Summit
Mountain Performing Arts, $2,000.00, To help defray costs of Irish
Beautification Commission, $2,000.00, One bench and trash receptacle
Preservation Society, $2,000.00, Repair of two garage doors
Improvemt Assoc., $3,000.00, LED Information town sign
Lions Club, $3,000.00, Town Directory Sign
T. "Chuck" Mathena II Foundation, Inc., $2,000.00, To help subsidize
reduced rental rates
for schools and non-profits in Mercer County
Historical Society, $2,000.00, Repair, seal and cap the chimneys on
the Sanders House.
County Fair, $1,000.00, Train or other exhibit for 2018 fair
County Historical Society, $2,000.00, Installation of
County Historical Society Heritage Festival, $2,000.00, Professional
storyteller fees for
County Tourism, $2,000.00, A sign for the new Welcome Center
Bluefield, VA Beautification Commission, $2,100.00, Two basketball
goals at the Pinehill
Bluefield, VA IDA, $730.00, Banners and cards for marketing
Bluefield City Park, $2,000.00, Children's music station
scholarships in 2017
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
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
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.
upgrades to Earl Muse Park completed
The Community Foundation of the Virginias,
Inc. provided a $16,500 grant to the City of Princeton Park and
Recreation Department last year through its Community Impact Program for
upgrades to Earl Muse Memorial Park.
The Park is located in a low income
neighborhood, and is well utilized by residents as a playground for
children, and also for birthday parties, family reunions and church
The grant helped to fund a playground
unit, two benches and a trash receptacle in the $19,076 project to
upgrade the Park, according to Amanda McCabe, Executive Director of the
Park and Recreation Department. Additional funding came from the Mercer
County Commission and Mountaineer Lifelines.
Police Department receives
The Community Foundation of
the Virginias grant to the Bluefield, WV Police Department was acknowledged at
the March 14 meeting of the Bluefield City Board of Directors. The award to help
fund safety partitions for five police cruisers in the amount of $5,000
presented to Police Chief Dennis Dillow by Foundation Treasurer Julie Johnson.
Pictured above, front row, l to r: Director
Light, City Ambassador Marie Blackwell, Police Chief
Dennis Dillow, Jr.,
Foundation Treasurer Julie Johnson.
Back row, l to r: City Manager Dane Rideout, Director Chuck McGonagle, Mayor Tom Cole, Director Mike
Gibson, and Vice Mayor
supports Mercer/Tazewell Reading Bee
Foundation President Kermit Moore
(second from left) presents a grant award to Michael Johnson, Chair of the
Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce's "Mercer/Tazewell Reading Bee." Bud
Clapp, Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors, is pictured at the far left,
and Kim Allen, Immediate Past Chair of the Chamber Board, is at the far
The $2,000 grant used funds from
the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Literacy Fund and the Foundation's Unrestricted
"Toys For Tots" Presents Plaque to
Rod Mayberry came by the Foundation office January
10 to express the thanks of the Mountaineer Marine Corps League Detachment 957
for its support of the "Toys For Tots" program for 2016.
The Foundation has helped the "Toys For Tots"
program for several years, and in 2016 awarded a $2,000 grant in support of the
The Foundation appreciates this acknowledgement
from the local Marine Corps League.
Community Foundation Honored for
Support of Child Protect
Celebrating its 15th
year, Child Protect of Mercer County held a ceremony recognizing that milestone
and recognized 15 individuals and organizations who had provided significant
support for its mission. Foundation President Kermit Moore received the
certificate of appreciation at the event on August 11.
appreciates this recognition of its service to Mercer County and Tazewell County
College Foundation Receives Award
for Student Center
Pictured above, BSC
President Dr. Marsha Krotseng (left) receives a $2,500 grant award from
Community Foundation President Kermit Moore at the Othello Harris-Jefferson
The grant helped to fund
improvements to the Center's patio area, including landscape shrubs,
trees, mulch, solar landscape lighting, and patio pavers and substructure. The
Student Center and patio are a high traffic area, used by students, faculty,
staff and visitors.
This improvement will
help the appearance of the outer area of the Student Center, and create a more
inviting "feel" for students, college personnel and visitors.
College Students Spend Spring Break Helping the Wade Center
adults and two adult supervisors from St. Joseph's University in
Philadelphia, PA traveled to Bluefield, and spent their spring break
working with children at the Wade Center. This activity is part of
SJU's "Appalachian Experience," where
students and associates travel to communities in Appalachia to work
with local organizations to support community initiatives. The
"Appalachian Experience" is guided by the mission of Saint Joseph’s
University and the Catholic Jesuit tradition, and is in its 24th
students and the children of the Wade Center are shown enjoying
after school activities, including a wholesome snack.
trips like the one the SJU students participated in are a key
element in spiritual growth the Wade Center provides, offering
opportunities both in community improvement and relational ministry
to mission trip participants.
Center exists to nurture Bluefield’s children, youth and their
families spiritually, physically, emotionally and intellectually
through practical programs and mentoring relationships. The Center
seeks to be a centerpiece in the community for spiritual,
educational, recreational, and cultural resources.
grant from the Community Foundation helped fund the Center's
Blessings in a Backpack program. The grant was funded by the
Community Action Grant Fund, the Jeffrey Edward Shott Memorial Fund,
the American Electric Power Community Services Fund, and the Judge
Jerome and Hilda R. Katz Memorial Fund.
of Appreciation and Photos Received from Grant Recipients
Mercer County WE CAN Outings ―
As part of
its "In Our Own Backyard" monthly activities, WE CAN sponsored
activities for Mentors to share with their Mentees. Activities
included the Pumpkin Patch, the Ridge Runner, Chestnut Springs, Tate
Lohr Fishing, Pipestem State Park, Wolf Creek, Back to School, and
four other activities.
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