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Fauquier foundation gives $225,000 of scholarships to graduating seniors

Thursday, May. 30 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Melissa Dargis presents a Northern Piedmont Community Foundation scholarship to Tanya Thompson. - Courtesy photo by Kent Potter
The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation will give 16 graduating seniors from Fauquier, Liberty and Kettle Run High Schools $225,000 of scholarship money over the next four years.

The money comes from the estate of the late Fauquier residents Alice and William Johnson. When the Johnsons passed away in 2010, their entire estate—totaling about $4 million—was transformed into scholarship funds for county students.

Three students were awarded $10,000 renewable scholarships, for a total of $40,000 each. Marco Tcheukado (FHS), Tanya Thompson (LHS) and Edward Yates (KRHS) will be able to attend the College of William and Mary, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Alabama, respectively, thanks to these scholarship funds.

Christina Brown, Jennifer LaBranche, Aubrey Munoz, and Courtney Rice of FHS and Michelle Farmer and Travis Williams of KRHS each received $10,000 while Brandy Leonard, Asma Noman, and Kevin Sanford (FHS), Hannah Murray and Sarah Pfeiffer (KRHS) and Katie Bacon and Kyle Walker (LHS) each received $5,000.

Sarah Yakel, Board of Trustee member for the Johnson Foundation Scholarship, knew the Johnsons personally and can testify to the couple’s passion to help young people in the county. “This is a large and significant fund,” she says, adding that the goal in coming years is to make all scholarships renewable.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation administers several other scholarship funds for college-bound high school seniors. Application information, including deadlines and scholarship criteria, can be found online at http://www.npcf.org or by calling (540) 349-0631.
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