(Woodstock, VA) The Shenandoah Community Foundation recently marked a major milestone in philanthropic giving. Since 2008 Foundation has awarded over $1 Million dollars and is continuing to give more in grants and scholarships each year.
“It is a testament to the generosity of this community that such a relatively young organization has been able to give so much,” said Program Coordinator, Jeanne Russell. “We are so grateful for the vision and the growing support from the citizens of Shenandoah County that enables us to really make a positive difference in local people’s lives.”
Founded in 1999 by a group of concerned citizens, The Shenandoah Community Foundation was the brain child of Warren French who thought Shenandoah County could benefit from a local community foundation. He hosted an informational meeting for interested people, and the Shenandoah Community Foundation was born.
Since that meeting, the Foundation has grown to hold assets of over $2.8 million at the end of 2015. The Foundation is home to over 57 active funds which awarded over $145,000 in grants and scholarships in last year alone. Their unrestricted grants program made possible by Woodstock Anonymous, benefits area non-profits, to the tune of $47,250 last year and is set to award the same amount again in May.
“We provide a vehicle for local donors to make their dreams for this community come true,” says Foundation President, Jeff Dalke. “Whether one wants to remember a loved one with a memorial scholarship or support a favorite cause, we help set up permanent funds to support those aims.”
What differentiates the Shenandoah Community Foundation from other non-profits is the ability to pool donor Funds, invest them, and then award the proceeds to support each fund’s aims, over and over again. As the fund grows so do the award amounts. And anyone can invest in any fund at any time.
New Fund for Strasburg Graduate !The Curtis Willey Warrior Scholarship Fund
Curtis Willey Warrior Scholarship Fund honors Curtis Willey who
perished in a swimming accident in 2011. Curtis was a Marine who served
in Operation Desert Storm, a fitness enthusiast and a graduate of
Strasburg High School He is remembered by friends and family as a
tenacious person who always strove to be the best that he could be in
everything he did and as a friend to all.
This scholarship will go to A Strasburg graduate who exemplifies these qualities. To Donate Click here
New Scholarship Honors Bonnie B. GochenourNew CHS Scholarship to Honor former English teacher Bonnie B. Gochenour
to the generosity of family and friends; we have a new scholarship at
Central High School this year this Year! This special scholarship was
created as a memorial to Bonnie B. Gochenour and is intended for a
student with an interest in English, English Literature, Education, or
Creative Writing. To donate click here.
New Scholarship Honors Mayor Joe WilliamsNew SJHS Scholarship to Honor former Mount Jackson Mayor Joe Williams
to the generosity of family, friends, and local philanthropist Karen
Fansler-Ryan; we have a new scholarship at Stonewall Jackson High
School this Year! This special scholarship was created as a memorial to
Mayor Joe Williams who passed away in 2013. To donate click here
Area Citizens Step Up!Area Citizens Step up to Help Local Graduates Pay for College
VA (May 26, 2015) – Graduates from Shenandoah County High Schools will have more scholarship awards this year thanks to the generosity of local citizens who stepped up to create new scholarship funds at each of the County’s high schools.
Stonewall Jackson High School will award a scholarship which honors former Mayor Joe Williams thanks to the hard work and generosity of local teacher Karen Fansler-Ryan, who created the Joe Williams Fund at the Shenandoah Community Foundation with money earned from her catering business.
“Her dedication in creating a business to support her philanthropic goals is so inspiring. She came to us after she decided to create a fund that would provide scholarships every year in honor of former Mayor Joe Williams.”
On the central campus, Central High School alumnus Tracy Miller and her husband, Rick stepped up to create the Central High School Alumni Scholarship to encourage and support Central High Graduates for years to come. The hope is that Alumni will donate to this scholarship as part of their reunion celebrations.
Finally, at the North end of the County the Shenandoah Community Foundation has established the Curtis Willey Warrior Scholarship Fund for graduates of Strasburg High School. This scholarship honors Curtis Willey who perished in a swimming accident in 2011. Curtis was a Marine who served in Operation Desert Storm, a fitness enthusiast and a graduate of Strasburg High School. This scholarship will be awarded to a student who exhibits Willey’s characteristics of tenacity and friendliness. His friend, Mario Ordonez with sisters Carla Scott and Crystal Keller set up this fund from proceeds of their annual Warrior Dash fund raiser.
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