Scholarships

More than 100 scholarships totaling more than $245,000 wer awarded to Dan River Region students by The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region recently.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has awarded 104 scholarships totaling more than $245,000 to area students.

Presentations from 51 different scholarship funds within the foundation were made at a scholarship reception held June 9.

  • The Adkerson-Dodson Special Education Scholarship


was established in 2012 in memory of Elsie Carolyn Adkerson and in memory of Robert Edward Adkerson and Elsie Herndon Adkerson. The scholarship supports deserving Danville/Pittsylvania residents who have a need for financial support and who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or licensure in special education.

  • Jordan Bennett (Averett University) received $955.
  • The William E. Barr Scholarship

was established in 2013 in memory of William E. Barr. The scholarship supports Danville-Pittsylvania County graduates attending Hampden-Sydney College.

  • Isaac Whitfield (Hampden-Sydney College) received $1,450.
  • The Bennett-Bushnell-Jones-Kaufman Scholarship

was established in 2008 to provide scholarships to second-year nursing students at Danville Community College.

  • Kennedy Cassell (Danville Community College) received $1,945.
  • The Deputy Frankie Lynn Betterton Scholarship

was established in 2012 in memory of Deputy Sheriff Frankie Lynn Betterton who was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on May 17, 2002. The scholarship is for Danville/Pittsylvania residents who have a financial need and who are pursuing a law enforcement career.

  • Breanna Mell (Chatham High School) received $875.
  • The Robert R. Blackwell & Virginia M. Blackwell Scholarship

was established in 2018 by the estate of Judge Robert R. Blackwell. The scholarship is for Bartlett Yancey High School graduates, with a preference for those attending Mars Hill University or Wake Forest University.

  • Kaleigh Graffton (Bartlett Yancey High School) received $840.
  • The James W. Bryant Sr. and James T. Collie Scholarship

was established in 2005 by a retired school teacher. The scholarship is for Pittsylvania County Public Schools graduates, with a preference for those pursuing education or nursing.

  • Taliah Chatten

(Gretna High School) received $2,500,

  • Kelsey Edmunds

(Averett University) received $2,500,

  • Morgan Jones

(Averett University) received $2,500 and

  • Ellery Moorefield (Gretna High School) received $2,500.
  • The Bernard C. Calvert Scholarship

was established in 2004 by the Brosville Council No. 51 of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics. The scholarship is restricted to Tunstall High School graduates, preferably students who attended either Brosville or Stony Mill schools.

  • Anna Catherine Kueng

(University of Lynchburg) received $1,000 and

  • Charles Setliff (Tunstall High School) received $1,000.
  • The Lawrence R. Dabbs Scholarship

was established in 2017 by the estate of George Earl Dabbs who wished to create an endowed scholarship fund to benefit Caswell County high school graduates in memory of his brother, Lawrence R. Dabbs. A scholarship in the amount of $930 was presented to

  • Doniel Bullock (Bartlett Yancey High School).
  • The John Watson Daniel Scholarship

was established by the JWD Retirement Club in 1997. A scholarship in the amount of $985 was presented to

  • Bennet Tambellini (Virginia Commonwealth University).
  • The Steven Bruce Daniels Jr. Scholarship

was established in 2014 in memory of Steven Bruce Daniels Jr. This scholarship is for Danville, Pittsylvania or Caswell county graduates attending either NC State University or Virginia Tech and plans to study in the field of agriculture (primary) or with a high school varsity athletics background (secondary). This scholarship is renewable.

  • Georgia Daniel

(George Washington High School),

  • Brent Jones

(North Carolina State University),

  • Macon Maxey

(Virginia Tech) and

  • Andrew Ward (North Carolina State University) each received $5,000.
  • The Danville Academic Boosters Club Scholarship

is awarded to the top five scholastic students in the Danville Public School system. The following students received scholarships —

  • Grace Holland

(George Washington High School) received $575,

  • Megan Padgett

(George Washington High School) received $475,

  • Emma Byrnes

(George Washington High School) received $325,

  • Jacob Black

(George Washington High School) received $250 and

  • Jenita Theodore (Galileo Magnet High School) received $200.
  • The Danville Lions Foundation

was established in 2016 to provide scholarships to Danville-Pittsylvania and Caswell County high school graduates who are pursuing a health related profession with a preference for those in a graduate level of study, especially those studying sight and speech/hearing professions.

  • Tanner Cooke

(University of Lynchburg School of Graduate Studies) received $1,495,

  • Taylor Jones

(University of Lynchburg School of Graduate Studies) received $1,650,

  • Ram Leandro Madejas

(Hampton University) received $2,200,

  • Mason Moorefield

(Longwood University) received $2,000 and

  • Lauren Yoder (Campbell University) received $2,000.
  • The Danville Regional Medical Center Auxiliary/Volunteers Scholarship

was established in 2007 for Danville Regional Medical Center (now Sovah Health-Danville) employees, volunteers and their immediate families, who are studying a medical field.

  • Grey Capozzoli

(Averett University) received $2,175,

  • Allison Davis

(Averett University) received $2,175,

  • Jack Garrett III

(Virginia Commonwealth University) received $2,175,

  • Katie Scarce

(Averett University) received $2,175 and

  • Conner Weaver (Virginia Tech) received $2,175.

The foundation has awarded 1,157 scholarships totaling more than $2.5 million since its beginning in 1996.

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