2015/16 Unrestricted Grants Cycle Underway

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If you have been invited to apply for a grant next year, you can download a current application here.

Please be sure to read the instructions carefully and send application and supporting documentation to:

Shenandoah Community Foundation
P.O. Box 31
Woodstock, VA 22664

Applications should be postmarked on or before 1 FEB 2016.

First Wilburn Scholarship to be Awarded in 2016

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Woodstock, VA (December 15, 2015) The Shenandoah Community Foundation and the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River (FNFSR) announced today that the first John Duncan Wilburn Adventure Scholarship will be awarded early next year. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a college or university student to participate in an outdoor or environmental learning program. Applications will be accepted from January through March with the first scholarship to be awarded in May.

The scholarship was created in memory of John Duncan Wilburn, a professional forester who grew up the Shenandoah Valley. Wilburn was an avid kayaker, traveler, mountain climber, and biker who had a passion for the great outdoors. This scholarship will honor his spirit of adventure and his commitment to learning about and preserving the environment that he loved. Wilburn died in 2014 when he was just 30 years old.

After his death, friends at the FNFSR approached his family and the Foundation to discuss the possibility of creating a scholarship in his name. “John loved learning and had a passion for the natural world,” said FNFSR’s Executive Director, John Eckman. “We wanted to honor his memory by supporting young people who have those same yearnings: to explore through adventure, and find their own ways to serve the environment.”

The scholarship is open to individuals who wish to participate in an outdoor adventure or environmental learning program and can be used for such program costs at a college or university, or for other non-profit outdoor learning institutions such as Outward Bound and the like.

“This scholarship is something new for us, in that the award money can be used for alternative programs that offer outdoor adventure or hands on environmental study in addition to more traditional college environmental programs.” said SCF Program Coordinator, Jeanne Russell. “It is also open to a wider geographic area than most of our scholarships. Since the fund was established, we have received donations from all over the country; and as the fund grows, so will the award amount.”

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Hail and Farewell at the SCF

Michael Funk Joins the Board

The Shenandoah Community Foundation announced the addition of W. Michael Funk to their Board of Directors today.

“With Michael’s banking background, his enthusiasm for our mission, and his previous board experience, we are lucky to have him,” said Foundation President, Jeff Dalke. “I look forward to working with Michael and can’t wait to see his contribution to our organization.”

Funk is a lifelong resident of Shenandoah County and a career community banker. Previously, he served as president, CEO and Director of Virginia Savings Bank retiring after 24 years in 2012. He presently serves on the board of First Bank and First National Corporation. He is also a member of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission Housing and Community Services Policy Board, the Strasburg Rotary Club, and the Town of Woodstock Economic Development Committee. In addition to his current activities, he has served on various civic and philanthropic organizations throughout his career.

“It’s been a privilege for me to serve on the First Bank Board with Michael,” said SCF Advisory Board member Elizabeth Cottrell. “He will bring a wonderful balance of heart and head to the Foundation.”

Funk will be replacing Donald Albright who has been a member of the SCF Board for several years and served as Secretary and an Executive Board member during his tenure. Albright will be moving out of the county early in the new year.

“In addition to being a Board member at the Shenandoah Community Foundation, Don has two funds with us, so he will continue to be involved with the Foundation even after leaving the Board,” said Program Coordinator, Jeanne Russell. “I have enjoyed working with Don. He is so positive and caring. I look forward to his continued involvement with our activities.”

New Fund for Strasburg Graduate !

The Curtis Willey Warrior Scholarship Fund

The 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. Gochenour

New CHS Scholarship to Honor former English teacher Bonnie B. Gochenour

Thanks 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 Williams

New SJHS Scholarship to Honor former Mount Jackson Mayor Joe Williams

Thanks 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

Woodstock, 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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