|Donate||Boxerwood Education Foundation Fund
|Donate||Boys Home of Virginia Fund
A successful man has to start somewhere...
All successful men were once boys. But not all boys become successful men, whether it’s due to a lack of positive role models, quality living circumstances, or a welcoming school environment. We provide each so that boys can go on to be successful men. Men who will take care of their families. Men who will contribute their gifts. Men who will be role models for the next generation of men.
At Boys Home of Covington- Rockbridge, we show our boys that every day is a step toward that success.
|Donate||Brownsburg Community Fund
|Donate||Community Table for the Rockbridge Area Fund
The Community Table seeks to relieve hunger while building community in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County of Virginia. We serve everyone regardless of the ability to donate. Everyone in the community is invited to share a meal together family-style and enjoy a night out at a "restaurant without a cash register".
|Donate||Halestone Foundation Fund
|Donate||Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center Fund
"Horses helping people." It's been Hoofbeats's guiding principle since our founding in 1993. We offer accredited therapeutic horseback riding to adults and children in Rockbridge County and neighboring communities. Hoofbeats serves people with mental, physical, emotional and learning difficulties; trauma and chronic disease; and injury. We also serve a limited number of non-disabled riders. Find us at our cosy little farm at 662 Mt Atlas Road in Lexington, Virginia, where our staff, volunteers and horses serve more than 100 riders and their families every year. Our facility offers a mounting ramp, 2 arenas, a round pen and a wooded Labyrinth walking trail.
|Donate||Lexington Kiwanis Club Fund
|Donate||Meals for Lexington Fund
|Donate||Project Horizon Fund
Project Horizon began in 1982 as a grassroots effort to provide confidential services free of charge to battered women in the Rockbridge County area. What began as a small group of women around a kitchen table has grown into a comprehensive, accredited program serving the Rockbridge community. Project Horizon is a recognized leader in efforts locally and statewide to address the pervasive problem of domestic and sexual violence. Project Horizon offers services to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, place of origin, gender, gender identity/expression, age, faith, sexual orientation, or disability. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, shelter, counseling and advocacy, as well specialized programs for victims with disabilities, African American, Latinx and LGBTQIA+ survivors. All services are free and confidential and can be accessed by calling 540-463-2594.
|Donate||Rockbridge Area Conservation Council Fund
The mission of the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council is to promote the wise stewardship and sustainable use of our cultural heritage and natural resources through education, advocacy, and action in order to protect and enhance the quality of life for present and future inhabitants of Rockbridge. RACC is striving to ensure land use practices and policies to conserve our watershed, air quality, wildlife habitats and scenic forest and agricultural landscapes.
By giving to the RACC, you will help ensure the stewardship of natural and historic resources in the Rockbridge area through advocacy and actions such as the preservation of Natural Bridge for the benefit of all.
RACC has also established the Legacy program: the first way for you to ensure that your commitment to our environment is remembered. Legacy gives you the chance to bequest a portion of your estate, property, or financial account to RACC through your will in order to support our ongoing mission in any way that you specify. These bequests would serve to bolster your vision, alongside ours, for the future of Rockbridge’s cherished natural features.
RACC is an important front line organization for environmental advocacy and stewardship. Please make a provision in your estate planning for a gift to RACC.
|Donate||Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity Fund
|Donate||Rockbridge Area Health Center Fund
With over 6,800 patients, the Rockbridge Area Health Center (RAHC) is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit community health center that provides high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable healthcare services to anyone seeking access to care, regardless of income or insurance status. Medical, dental, behavioral health, and medication assistance is available to patients of all ages who are insured, uninsured, and to those with Medicaid and Medicare. RAHC also offers an income-based sliding fee discount program to both insured and uninsured patients for additional savings on services.
“The health center is the only place I’ve found where I can afford to take my kids.”
“I haven’t gone to the doctor or dentist in five years because I couldn’t afford health insurance. I’m so grateful for the affordable health care I receive here.”
“I’m a veteran and they take care of both me and my family. This place has been good for all of Rockbridge County.”
Click here for more information about the Rockbridge Area Health Center.
|Donate||Rockbridge Area Hospice (Endowment)
Rockbridge Area Hospice (RAH) is the only local non-profit hospice and palliative care organization serving Lexington, Buena Vista, Rockbridge County and the surrounding area.
We exist as a part of our community’s healthcare system to provide knowledge, reassurance and support focused on honoring people’s wishes as they approach an unknown part of life.
RAH’s quality of care continues to rank well above both state and national averages. In fact, Medicare surveys show that 96% of our patients’ family and friends would recommend our services to others. That is 12% higher than the national average and the highest of any hospice in our service area.
By supporting our organization, you are personally helping to provide care to neighbors in your local community. For every dollar spent, RAH receives 78 cents versus the budget of 82 cents. Thank you for being a neighbor helping a neighbor and allowing us to continue to provide the highest level of quality care to our neighbors who need it the most.
We are your hometown hospice, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, since 1984.
|Donate||Rockbridge Area Relief Association Fund
Founded in 1972, the Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) is the largest not-for-profit organization alleviating hunger and addressing poverty in the Rockbridge area. Headquartered in Lexington, Virginia, the Food Pantry and Helpline serve Rockbridge County and the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington. RARA’s mission is to aid Rockbridge area households in a time of emergency when help is needed to meet life’s basic needs.
|Donate||Rockbridge Area SPCA Fund
The Rockbridge SPCA is concerned with the welfare of all animals both domestic and wild. We are responsible for sheltering unwanted, abandoned, and stray animals for Rockbridge County, the City of Lexington, and the City of Buena Vista. We provide community services with our spay and neuter transports, annual rabies clinic and pet food pantry. Our SPCA relies on many fundraisers and events to achieve our mission each year. These include our Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament, Animal Adventure Camp, SPCA Golf Tournament, Birthday Parties, Art for Arf, Pet Luminaries and countless donations from members and supporters of the Rockbridge SPCA. Please visit our website at: www.rockbridgespca.net.
|Donate||Rockbridge Area YMCA Fund
|Donate||Rockbridge Christmas Baskets Fund
The mission of Rockbridge Christmas Baskets is to share the joy of the holiday season by providing food and toys to as many households-in-need as possible in Rockbridge County and the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, Virginia.
Through dozens of amazing business partners, RCB and its leagues of volunteer “elves” are able to help those struggling to put food on the table or to provide a new toy or book to a child. Rockbridge Christmas Baskets is also funded by grants and many generous donations, and operates entirely through volunteerism, which enables 96% of the funding to cover the contents of the boxes of nutritious food (the “baskets”) and toy bags.
While packing day is a wonderful event that raises the holiday spirits of everyone who comes to help (this year it will take place at the Virginia Horse Center on 12.11.21), needed financial support is welcome year-round.
Please visit the following sites for more information:
Our Instagram Page
Our Facebook Page
|Donate||Valley Program for Aging Services
Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) is the local area agency on aging. VPAS empowers adults 60 years and over with the resources and opportunities they need to lead engaged lives. With information and referral services, Medicare counseling, senior transportation, case management, recreational and educational programming, and meal delivery available throughout five counties in the Shenandoah Valley, VPAS has been serving older adults and their families for more than 40 years.
Your donations will help deliver hope and independence to our older neighbors. Together, we can build communities in which everyone can age well!
|Donate||Virginia Horse Center Fund
The Virginia Horse Center has stood at the forefront of Virginia’s $1.2B equine economy for over 35 years. Founded to promote all disciplines of equestrian sport, its 600 acres of picturesque grounds hold a 4,000 seat coliseum, 8 barns to accommodate 1,000 horses, 17 show rings including two large indoor arenas, cross-country and combined carriage driving courses, campgrounds, and full catering and café services. The VHCF manages 80 to 115 events annually, most free and open to the public. In addition to equestrian competitions, the VHCF also hosts many non-equine events like dog shows, BMX, agriculture programs, and fairs.
The Virginia Horse Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which owns and operates the Virginia Horse Center. The Virginia Horse Center Foundation’s mission is to provide a world-class facility hosting regional, national, and international equestrian events. The Virginia Horse Center Foundation envisions a unique, bucolic landmark to honor and celebrate the timeless, special bond between mankind and the horse through safe, fair and spirited equestrian competition.
A 2020 Economic Impact Study revealed that in 2019, the VHCF had a $47.7 million-dollar economic impact in Rockbridge County and a $94.9 million-dollar economic impact across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Committed to the well-being and safety of rider and horse, the Foundation is proud to be a part of the Rockbridge community, an asset to the state’s equine economy, and a resource to the East-Atlantic competition circuit.
|Donate||Alta Fowler Fund
The Alta F. Fowler memorial fund was established in 2007 by her late sister Jean Fowler Wolfe and her nephew Andy Wolfe, to honor her memory and her passion for the educational mission of the Episcopal Church. The earnings from the fund are presented annually to R. E. Lee Memorial Church for distribution to mission programs that they identify. Andy Wolfe said, “I wanted the Community Foundation to manage the fund so that it would grow in principal and continue distributions in perpetuity”.
The Fowler family came to Lexington from London, England, in 1940 following the Battle of Britain. Her father, Paul Fowler, remained in England, first with the British Army and then the American Army, for the duration of the war. Alta was among the first women admitted to W&L, as a summer student, in 1942. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Northwestern University in 1945, received her master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1950, and attended the National War College in 1977.
Alta enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State. She started at the bottom and worked her way to the top, beginning as a file clerk in the U.S. Embassy in London, England. She was assigned to posts in Tunisia, at the Middle East Institute, and in the CIA. Alta commissioned as a Foreign Service Officer in 1957 with postings in Dacca, Ireland, Malta, Belgium, Australia, and the Department of State (Washington, D.C.) and performed her final service as the U.S. Consul General, Curacao, and the U.S. representative to the Netherlands Antilles.
She retired to Lexington in 1983 and lived in the family home on Jackson Avenue. Alta was very active in the Rockbridge Historical Society and numerous organizations and clubs in Lexington.
|Donate||Jaclyn's Hope Fund
Jacyln Hostetter lost her life in January 2022. Prior to her passing, she had become a passionate advocate for domestic violence among health care workers. There had been four murders in her community, all were the result of domestic violence, and all the victims were health care workers. Jacyln felt that health care workers were vulnerable to be in relationships with men that would go as far as to kill them because they said that they loved them. She wanted to find a way to provide support, counseling and training to change the situation, and ultimately save lives. Jaclyn's Hope is a volunteer group of individuals formed in Jacky's memory. Our mission is to promote conditions that prevent and eliminate domestic violence among health care workers through education and community partners; providing informational resources; and advocating as a strong, unified voice for victims of domestic violence. “Maybe one day there won’t be a problem anymore because we’ve taught people how to handle it. That’s a legacy. That’s what I would like to leave for my community.” - the Jackie
|Donate||Lexington City Schools Fund (Koones)
|Donate||Lexington Sunrise Rotary Foundation Fund
|Donate||Nature Camp Financial Assistance Fund
|Donate||Ralph & Susan Caldroney Fund
|Donate||St. Lukes Episcopal Outreach Fund
|Donate||Anne Hamilton Moore Fund
|Donate||Big Hill Fund
|Donate||Branner Family Fund
|Donate||Carol and Buddy Bryan Endowment Fund
The Carol and Buddy Bryan Endowment Fund is currently unrestricted. Carol and Buddy may decide to direct it for a specific purpose at a later date.
|Donate||Clyde & Angelyn Moore Fund
|Donate||Corrington Family Fund
|Donate||Cox Family Fund
|Donate||Donald Brown & Kathleen Kain Fund
Fund Advisor after death - Daughter Tracy Baker 3808 Peakland Place Lynchburg, Va. 24503
|Donate||Dwight and Olivia Reed Fund
Dwight and Olivia Reed moved to Rockbridge County in 1997, having purchased and renovated an old farmhouse in Natural Bridge. They immediately came to love the natural beauty of the area, as well as the beauty of the people they met. The Reeds became active members of the community, including at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Glasgow where Olivia used her talent for decorating to brighten up several of the rooms at the church.
They later moved to a home near the Virginia Horse Center, a place they came to love and support. They attended many shows, and Olivia volunteered giving out ribbons and working hospitality. She always arrived with a smile on her face and left, after hours of work, with that same delightful smile. She occasionally stopped in with a cake and a kind word. Her passion was always evident and her zest for life more so, as she would stop by to say “hello” with her usual smile and grace. They often came to see their granddaughter ride in the Hoofbeats fundraiser and loved their time there.
Dwight Reed passed away suddenly in 2003, leaving an obvious void in Olivia’s life. She filled that void in part by coming to Rockbridge Area Hospice (RAH). As a volunteer in 2004, having been impressed by the compassionate hospice care her mother received the year before in Alabama. She welcomed callers and visitors to the Hospice office in her role as a receptionist, and she solicited gifts and donations from Lexington area businesses in support of the Hospice Hustle, the Golf Classic, and other RAH fundraisers. Eventually she served as a patient volunteer, where her true character as a caregiver shined. In her four-year service to Hospice, Olivia donated well over 2,330 hours of volunteer time and was recognized as the 2008 Hospice Hero award winner.
“Many in the area knew Olivia as that ‘gracious lady from Hospice.’ We were so grateful for the support and enthusiasm that she brought to the Hospice mission. She was a true joy to work with,” said Judy Mauck, RAH executive director. As a volunteer caregiver she was known to succeed in delivering compassionate care to even the most reluctant of patients, and was described by patients as warm, comforting, a jewel, and someone who brought ‘sunshine’ to their days,” added Mauck.
“My mom became a hospice patient in the last weeks of her life and I know their compassion and caring made those weeks much easier for her as well as for us. I knew they were doing everything they could to make her physically and emotionally comfortable,” said her daughter.
Although Olivia Reed passed away in 2011, she had the foresight and generosity to establish a Donor Advised Fund with the Community Foundation that would continue to support the people and the area she and Dwight had come to love.
|Donate||Eldridge & Mary Pultz Fund
|Donate||Gabe, Mary & Eliot Balazs Fund
Gabe, Mary and Bryan Balazs moved to Lexington in 1966 shortly after Gabe and Mary received their Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and Bryan was but a toddler. Gabe began his career as a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the Virginia Military Institute, and soon after became the Director of VMI’s Computer Center. Mary’s passion was poetry, and she taught English for many years, part-time at VMI and also at Washington and Lee University, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, and in the middle and high schools in Rockbridge County. Eliot Balazs was born in 1969, and he established his trade in the 1980s in general contracting and as a craftsman in historical restoration and preservation. Gabe and Mary retired in 1999, while Eliot continued to demonstrate his care and commitment to restoration projects in the community. Eliot loved archeology and devoted his free time to inspiring others in these endeavors.
Above all, the Balazs family demonstrated their belief in giving back to the community through supporting education, community service, and volunteer activities. To honor and recognize his parents’ and brother’s lives, and as a means of continuing the family legacy of giving back to the community, Bryan Balazs established this Memorial Fund to help sustain support for those community activities that the Balazs Family believed to be important.
|Donate||Gilliam Family Fund
|Donate||Grigsby Family Fund
The Grigsby Family Fund was established with the Community Foundation of Rockbridge, Bath & Alleghany (CFRBA) in 2015 by Ben and Carol Grigsby as an effective and efficient means to support in perpetuity some of the family’s local philanthropic interests. The Fund, which receives periodic contributions from the family, is structured as a Donor Advised fund, allowing the family to nominate annually various non-profit organizations as beneficiaries of that year’s Fund distributions by the CFRBA.
While the Grigsby family’s roots in Rockbridge County go back to the 1700’s, beginning shortly after their respective graduations from Washington & Lee and the University of Virginia in the 1970’s, Ben and Carol, and later with son John, have for over four decades regularly visited, invested, and lived in Lexington, Rockbridge & neighboring counties. They have enjoyed the pastoral beauty, the cordiality of its people, and the richness of the community’s intellectual, cultural, and social benefits. Ben and Carol first bought property in Lexington/Rockbridge in the 1980’s as part of a long-term plan, in keeping with careers that included 20 years overseas.
More recently, 10 years ago, the family returned to LexRock as permanent residents, with their son John graduating from W&L in 2012.
Philanthropy has always been an important part of the family’s DNA, and their personal financial planning. Indeed, the family motto is “Lux, Labor, Liberalitas” loosely translated as “Learn, Earn, Return," which provides an inspiration and framework for involvement with local community charities.
While living in England, where the philosophy of hospice was born, Carol became active in Britain’s Princess Alice Hospice organization as an R.N. by training and has transferred that enthusiasm to our local non-profit Rockbridge Area Hospice (RAH). She currently serves as its President of the Board and will complete her second term next year. The Fund’s support for RAH underscores the family’s belief in the exceptionally humanistic work of Hospice. Carol also currently serves as the Grants Committee Chairman of the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany, and is a dedicated volunteer and fund-raiser for the ‘Roots & Shoots’ elementary learning program at Waddell School.
In addition to other charitable Foundation and Museum boards, Ben has served on Washington & Lee’s Board of Trustees, and the family has included W&L’s ‘Friends of Rockbridge’ initiatives (including Campus Kitchen) as a significant part of their support to the University, underscoring a deep commitment to educational opportunities as an influence on young citizens giving back to their communities. Ben also serves as a founding Board member of the Lexington Police Foundation (LPF), reflecting the family’s belief that a healthy, civil and safe community is the result of an engaged and appreciative citizenry, one that, among other things, demonstrably supports our first responders. The Grigsby Family Fund’s support for the Lexington Police Department via the LPF helps our serving men and women with various non-Citybudgetary items, notably including tuition subsidies.
The compelling attraction for the Grigsby family of this special organization – our Community Foundation – is that the funds invested with CFRBA will grow and continue in perpetuity, under professional administration and investment management, which allows the Grigsby family to have a positive impact within this truly special community now and also leave a legacy of community support for generations to come.
|Donate||Luton Family Fund
|Donate||Margaret "Maggie" Thomas Diabetes Fund
|Donate||Marquerite Averitt Fund
|Donate||Mayerchak Family Fund
|Donate||Mimi & John Elrod Fund
Mimi Milner Elrod and John Elrod were both raised in families which promoted making the lives of others better and giving back to the community. John received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from Columbia University in 1971 and, while in New York City, Mimi taught at JHS 120 in Central Harlem. From New York they moved to Ames, Iowa, where John headed the philosophy department at Iowa State, and Mimi, after receiving her Masters and Ph.D. degrees, taught in the Psychology and Child development departments. She also consulted for Health and Human services in Washington, D.C. and worked with the Head Start program.
In 1984 John was named the Dean of the College at Washington and Lee University and, thus, the Elrods moved to Lexington. John became Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College in 1993 and then became Washington and Lee’s 22nd President in 1995. A president admired and loved, he served until 2001 when he died. John was well known for his scholarship on Soren Kierkegaard and, in addition to publishing many articles, published two books on Kierkegaard. Mimi also conducted research and published articles in refereed journals.
She worked at W&L in the admissions office and the office of special programs where she directed the Summer Scholars program. Both contributed a great deal to the community, John through his leadership at W&L and Mimi through her service to over ten boards, often serving as president. She served on the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia for eight years. In 2003, Mimi was appointed to complete an unfinished term on City Council and was elected to City Council in 2006. In 2008, she was elected Mayor and re-elected in 2012. In addition to serving as Mayor she continues to volunteer on several boards and committees. In November 2014, she was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to a four-year term on his five person task force on Local Government Mandate Review. She is an Elder at Lexington Presbyterian Church. Both sons, Adam and Joshua, practice law, Adam in Knoxville, TN, and Joshua in Lexington. Joshua and Fran have 3 children; Adam and Anne-Marie have two.
|Donate||Minor Family Fund
|Donate||Reggie & Lori Turner Fund
Reggie and Lori Turner opened this account in memory of Reggie's father Michael Lewis Turner.
|Donate||Robblee Family Fund
|Donate||Ron and Jan Perkins Fund
|Donate||Roswell & DorothyTruman Memorial Fund
|Donate||Stearns Family Fund
|Donate||The Thomas Family Fund
|Donate||Vance Family Foundation Fund
Sue Whitsitt and Fred Massey retired to Rockbridge County in 1998, following careers in Washington, D.C. After exploring various parts of the country for the ideal retirement community, they chose this area for its natural beauty, lively college-town atmosphere, and small-town feel.
As Sue notes, “This is just a great place to live, work, and retire. We’ve met so many wonderful people here and are truly grateful for all those who work tirelessly to make this an even better place for all of us.” Sue and Fred established this fund with CFRBA in order to help ensure, in some small way, that this area continues to be a caring and vibrant home to future generations.
|Donate||Woodson & Lorianne Sadler Fund
The Woodson and Lorraine Sadler Fund was set up by the donors to support social needs in Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany Counties. At the present time, it is an unrestricted fund, and the proceeds from the fund are allocated by the Board of Directors at CFRBA through their established annual grant-making process. This allows the fund to contribute to the most critical need in the community in a timely manner.
|Donate||Main Street Buena Vista Fund
Main Street Buena Vista actively facilitates and creates economic vibrancy in downtown Buena Vista via promotions and marketing, placemaking projects, events, and more. Use this link for a tax deductible donation.
|Donate||Walker Program Fund
The Harry Lee & Eliza Bannister Walker Entrepreneurship Program (“The Walker Program”) was established in August 2020, to provide training, funding, and community support for Black-owned businesses in Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge, Virginia.
The Walker Program is a volunteer initiative headed by a board representing local civic, business, and religious organizations, aimed at training, funding, and supporting new and expanding businesses owned by people of color in our area. The program uses a proven method of business development, combining professional training in small business management with grant funding and ongoing support during the critical start-up stage. The program maintains a website at WalkerProgram.com.
|Donate||Anastasia Dickinson Payne Memorial Scholarship
When Camp Mont Shenandoah’s Camp Spirit Scholarship reached its cap in 2014, the Anastasia Dickinson Payne Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Camp Mont Shenandoah alumna Anastasia “Stacy” Payne. “Stacy’s Fund” receives both direct funding and overflow funding from the Camp Spirit Scholarship Fund and serves to cover emergencies that arise for camp families after the application deadline for the Camp Spirit Scholarship Fund.
|Donate||Bethesda/McElwee Chapel Scholarship Fund
|Donate||Blair Family Scholarship
PURPOSE: To provide higher-education scholarship assistance to needy and deserving students graduating from Rockbridge County High School.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: The Applicant must:
1. Be a graduating senior or graduate of Rockbridge County High School;
2. Enroll full-time in an accredited two- or four year college or university in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
3. Demonstrate a capacity to satisfactorily complete college-level studies through high academic achievement;
4. Demonstrate good citizenship as evidenced in school and community activities; with strong preference to applicants with extensive leadership experience in 4H and athletic participation.
5. Demonstrate financial need.
6. Resident of Rockbridge Baths Area
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Eligible students should obtain an application packet from the school’s guidance office or the Foundation’s website. To apply for a scholarship from the Fund, applicants must complete and return an application packet by the deadline as fixed by the Foundation.
SELECTION PROCEDURES: The Foundation will appoint a Scholarship Advisory Committee. This committee will annually review and discuss all qualified applications. Scholarship recipients will be selected using a fair and objective process, and the eligibility criteria stated above will be applied equally to all applicants. The committee will notify the Foundation in writing as to its recommendation. Final approval must then come from the Foundation.
Scholarships from the Blair Family Scholarship Fund are awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, age, or national origin.
SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: The amount and number of scholarships awarded will be determined annually by the Foundation’s spending policy and future growth of the Fund.
LIMITATIONS: Scholarship funds may be used for tuition and fees, books, and other related educational expenses.
RENEWAL: The scholarship is renewable.
|Donate||Camp Mont Shenandoah Camp Spirit Scholarship Fund
Camp Mont Shenandoah, a traditional summer camp located in beautiful Bath County, Virginia, and one of the oldest girls’ camps in the country, was started in 1927 by Nannie West with fewer than thirty girls. Since that time, the camp has grown and developed to welcome close to 300 campers during the summer season. The camp is very fortunate to have many second, third and fourth generation girls attend as well as a high rate of returning campers, an attribute to her unique spirit.
Since its inception, the guiding principles of Camp Mont Shenandoah have been our Five Virtues of Love, Loyalty, Friendship, Sportsmanship and Spiritual Awareness, and the Twelve Laws of Woodcraft: Be Brave; Be Silent; Obey; Be Clean; Be Strong; Protect Wildlife Always; Speak True; Be Reverent; Play Fair As You Strive; Be Kind; Be Helpful; Be Glad That You Are Alive.
Traditions abound during the camp season, including the Green and Buff teams, initiation, Christmas, Songfest, Wishing Boats, Final Banquet, and the Final Honor Meet where the team with the most points accrued during the summer has the honor of carrying the ceremonial torch to Vesper Hill. At Final Honor Meet, one camper is selected by the campers and staff as “Camp Spirit,” the girl who best exemplifies the Five Virtues and Twelve Laws of Woodcraft.
Camp Mont Shenandoah continues to thrive through the remarkable love and strong commitment of her campers, staff and alumnae. The Camp Spirit Scholarship of CMS was established to honor and recognize the many lives that Camp Mont Shenandoah has touched and changed since 1927 as well as to perpetuate the value of the CMS experience.
|Donate||Camp Mont Shenandoah Diversity Fund
|Donate||Carter Goad Memorial Fund
The Carter Goad Memorial Fund’s purpose is to provide encouragement and enrichment to serious students of Latin by offering Rockbridge County High School students the opportunity to (1) engage in Latin oriented foreign or domestic travel, (2) participate in Latin Association sponsored activities, or (3) receive a one-time college scholarship grant as a student majoring in Latin.
|Donate||Charles H Lauck Memorial Fund
|Donate||Covington Woman's Club of GFWC - Margaret Gresham Scholarship Fund
The General Federation of Women's Clubs is an international organization dedicated to community involvement through volunteer service and to providing opportunities that strengthen the role of women. The purpose of the Covington Woman's Club is to strive through its various programs to unite as a whole the women of the community for the betterment of self, home, community and nation.
|Donate||Edward Turner Memorial Fund
|Donate||Eric Charles Bowyer Fund
The purpose of the Fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Bath County High School (BCHS) or its successor school who is continuing his or her education by attending vocational or technical training. Each year, one student will be recommended by the BCHS faculty, using selection procedures as developed by the school. A BCHS representative will provide that recommendation and information about the student in writing to the Foundation for final approval. Grants will be paid to the scholarship recipient’s educational institution and may be used for any costs related to the field of study. The scholarship will be for a minimum of $500.
|Donate||George Marshall Chapter of MOAA Scholarship
|Donate||Jacqueline Corbin Pleasants Democratic Fund
The Democratic Committees of Lexington and Rockbridge County set up the Jacqueline Corbin Pleasants Democratic Scholarship Fund in 2008. Since then, the fund has awarded yearly scholarships to deserving Rockbridge County High School graduates to honor the life of Jacqueline Corbin Pleasants.
The daughter of one of Southwest Virginia’s first black physicians, Jackie was born in 1916 and grew up in Virginia. She experienced firsthand the barriers to getting an education when Virginia racially segregated its schools and ended public education at the eighth grade. Benefiting from her father’s lifelong battle for civil rights and educational equality, she graduated from Virginia State College in Petersburg and raised and educated three children.
For nearly 70 years, Jackie actively engaged in the civic life of Lexington and Rockbridge, including as the long-serving Treasurer of the Rockbridge Country Democratic Committee. She was recognized and courted as an influential member of the Democratic Party in Virginia. When asked how she would like to be honored for her many years of community service, she replied, “Find a way to use my name to help young people to get a college education.”
Although Jackie died in 2013, we continue to honor her memory.
Each applicant must be a graduating senior from Rockbridge County High School and enroll in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. They must show an ability to complete college-level studies, have good citizenship and leadership qualities, and exhibit financial need. Eligible students may request an application packet from the RCHS Guidance Department in the spring. A special Scholarship Advisory Panel consisting of Democratic Committee and non-Committee members will then evaluate the student applications for this $1500 scholarship. The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath, and Alleghany (CFRBA) fixes application deadlines.
|Donate||Lexington HS Alumni Scholarship
|Donate||Louis Hodges Memorial Fund
|Donate||Nature Camp Scholarship Fund
The Nature Camp Scholarship was created with the recognition of the positive value that an experience at a nature camp can add to a young person’s development, especially for individuals in lower-income or underrepresented communities. This scholarship also honors the memory of Eliot L. Balazs who lived his entire life in the Rockbridge area and was an ardent supporter of nature conservation, archeology, historic preservation, and outdoor activities. Eliot donated countless hours to community organizations, including in particular the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council (RACC). Since 1976, the RACC has been a community leader in promoting the wise stewardship and sustainable use of the natural and cultural resources in Rockbridge County and has supported, on an ad hoc basis, the attendance of a younger person to attend the Nature Camp in Rockbridge County. The Nature Camp is a private, non-profit, residential, co-ed summer camp specializing in natural history and environmental science education. The initiation of this scholarship was through the efforts of Eliot’s brother, Bryan Balazs, and Eliot’s friend, Michael Van Ness, both of whom grew up in the Lexington area. Additional donations are welcome in that they will help us to expand this scholarship program.
|Donate||Rockbridge Latino Scholarship Fund
|Donate||StoneWall Jackson Hospital Ladies Auxilary Fund
|Donate||Alleghany Highlands Unrestricted Fund
|Donate||Rockbridge Area Unrestricted Fund