Warren County Seeking Assistance to Rebuild Scholarship Fund
Warren County is actively seeking grant funding and donations to assist with the rebuilding of the Warren County Education Foundation Scholarship Fund. The fund was set up by the Warren County Board of Supervisors in 1986 and originally awarded $5,000 scholarships to the top male and female graduates of Warren County High School. Since that time, the program has been expanded to include Skyline High School’s top performers as well. With the expansion to two high schools and falling interest rates, the Board was only able to provide one $3,000 scholarship in 2010, with the Warren County Public School System providing the remaining three using funds from the Carl and Emily Thompson Charitable Trust. Until the principal balance of the account can be increased through donations and grant funding, Warren County will not be able to award $5,000 scholarships in the future.
For the last two years, Warren County has worked to rebuild the Scholarship Fund so that the area’s best and brightest students can again be recognized for their outstanding academic achievements. In August 2010, Warren County received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to assist in their rebuilding efforts. An additional $2,350 was also raised through donations from area businesses and members of the community. “Warren County has called upon our citizens and businesses for assistance in the past and have always found generous donors that believe in investing in our youth as much as we do,” said Brandy Rosser, Warren County’s Grants and Special Projects Coordinator. “It is my sincere hope that anyone that is interesting in supporting a local cause will consider donating to this program. The future of Warren County rests with the students that are in our schools and this is a wonderful opportunity to help recognize the rising stars of our community.”
To raise funds, the County is also offering the ability to place a codicil on one’s existing will to leave a bequest to the fund when one passes away. County Administrator Doug Stanley added, “This is a great way to help us build the fund to a sustaining leve and support public education through your estate. Through the County Attorney’s Office we can draft the document at not cost to the donor.”