The Elizabeth and Israel Christian Scholarship was created in 1999 and is offered annually by Historic Fincastle, Inc.(HFI) as a way to commemorate the history of Fincastle and encourage and support students from our local community. The mission of HFI is to support the preservation of the historical, physical and cultural resources of Fincastle, Virginia and its surroundings.
The Pat Simmons and Sally Eads Volunteer Scholarship was created in 2016 as a way to honor these two women and their long history of volunteerism to the Town of Fincastle and HFI. Pat Simmons was a long-time educator in Botetourt County Public Schools and Virginia Western Community College. Sally Eads was a history professor at Virginia Western Community College and served on the Botetourt County School Board.
Scholarship applications are available in the School Counseling Departments of Lord Botetourt and James River each year in January.
The Scholarship Program Criteria:
• Current senior at Lord Botetourt High School or James River High School
• Community service, work/intern experiences, academic achievement
• Planned enrollment as an undergraduate in the fall semester
• Two letters of reference
• Current official transcript in a sealed envelope (Christian only)
• Current resume or list including honors, activities, and work experience
• An essay of not more than 500 words.
Essay Topic changes each year
The HFI Scholarship Program is facilitated and managed by Historic Fincastle, Inc. Scholarship Committee and HFI Board of Directors.
List of Past Scholarship Recipients (dating to 1999)
|HFI Israel and Elizabeth Christian Scholarship Winners||Total Amount of HFI Scholarship Awards|
|2002||Derek WileyKim Sharp||$1000$500||$4500|
|2003||Rob CampbellAbigail Weddle||$500$500||Memory of H.W. Kessler||$5500|
|2004||Dustin King||$1000||Memory of Emily Honts||$6500|
|2006||Joshua Demaury||$1000||Memory of Leslie B. Kinion||$8500|
|2007||Hunter Simmons||$500||Memory of Eugene Downs||$9000|
|2011||Mallory White (LBHS)Shannon Kessler (JRHS)||$500$500||$11,000|
|2012||Bennett Witcher (LBHS)Zachariah Ewen (JRHS)||$500$500||$12,000|
|2013||R. Catherine Nash (LBHS)Hannah Austin (JRHS)||$500$500||$13,000|
|Christopher Halsey (LBHS)Lucas Arney (JRHS)
Kara Brads (LBHS) Jill Tucker (JRHS)
Abigail Rigatti(LBHS) Rebecca Theimer(JRHS)
Alexandra Lesniak(LBHS) Zachery Keith(JRHS) (Simmons/Eads Scholarship)
|Memory of Ronald Lucas and Margaret (Peg) Wysong||$14,000
TOTAL Through 2016 $17,500