Salem Foundation awards
The Salem Education Foundation distributed $17,444 in scholarships and awards during 2016. The foundation offers scholarships to students in Culpeper and Rappahannock counties each year. For the past five years they have also recognized the positive impact of educators on the success of students with an award to the Teacher of the Year in Culpeper County and the recipient of the Above and Beyond award in Rappahannock.
In 2016, one scholarship was awarded to a graduate of Rappahannock County High School. Hannah Bennett received the Thornhill Family Scholarship.
In 2016, two students from Culpeper County High School received scholarships. The Bill Kyle Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Alexis Bates. Jordan Fincham received the Bill and Mary Strother Alphin Education Scholarship. Four Eastern View High School graduates were awarded scholarships. The Gallo Criminal Justice Scholarship went to Wyatt Fettig. Rebecca Kanaga received the “Big” Kenny Alphin Music Scholarship. The Simms Mustian Education Scholarship went to Mary Linn. The Ian and Mary Lou Phillips Leadership Scholarship was awarded to Mitchell Luckinbill.
The foundation also offers scholarships to students who have completed some postsecondary education, have an established academic record and need financial assistance to continue their studies. This year’s recipients of the Phoenix scholarship funds include David Belyea, Ashli Jamison and Zeb Weakley.
In recognition of the dedicated work and the positive influence of educators in the success of students, the 2016 educator awards were presented to Khaled El Nemr from Culpeper County and Beth Gall from Rappahannock County.
Salem Foundation recipients (from left) Mary Linn, Jordan Fincham, Alexis Bates, Beth Gall, Hannah Bennett and Wyatt Fettig.