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.
Mackenzie Seebo (James River High School)won the Pat Simmons and Sally Eads Scholarship ($250 awarded)
Abbagail Link (James River High School) & Ethan Webster (Lord Botetourt High School) won the Elizabeth and Israel Christian Scholarship ($500 awarded to each student)
|List of Past Scholarship Recipients (dating to 1999)|
|HFI Israel and Elibeth Christian Scholarship Winners||Total Amount of HFI Scholarship Awards|
|2002||Derek WileyKim Sharp||$1000$500||$4,500|
|2003||Rob CampbellAbigail Weddle||$500$500||Memory of H.W. Kessler||$5,500|
|2004||Dustin King||$1,000||Memory of Emily Honts||$6,500|
|2006||Joshua Demaury||$1,000||Memory of Leslie B. Kinion||$8,500|
|2007||Hunter Simmons||$500||Memory of Eugene Downs||$9,000|
|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|
|2014||Christopher Halsey (LBHS)Lucas Arney (JRHS)||$500$500||Memory of Ronald Lucas and Margaret (Peg) Wysong||$14,000|
|2015||Kara Brads (LBHS) Jill Tucker (JRHS)||$500$500||TOTAL through 2016 $17,500|
|2016||Abigail Rigatti(LBHS) Rebecca Theimer(JRHS)||$500$500|
|Alexandra Lesniak(LBHS) Zachery Keith(JRHS) (Simmons/Eads Scholarship)||$250$250|
|2017||Elizabeth and Israel Christian Scholarship: Nate Brinkley(JRHS) Mary -Hannah Jackson(LBHS)||$500 $500|
|2017||Pat Simmons and Sally Eads Volunteer Scholarship: Riley Marshall(JRHS) and Mackenzie Oesterreich(LBHS)||$250 $250||$19,000|
|2018||Elizabeth and Israel Christian Scholarship: Lydia Sydnor(JRHS) Claire Seibel (LBHS)||$500 $500|
|2018||Pat Simmons and Sally Eads Scholarship: William Fowler (JRHS) Catherine Farris (LBHS)||$250 $250||$20,500|
|2019||Elizabeth and Israel Christian Scholarship: Bailey Marshall (JRHS) Carlissa Martin (LBHS)||$500 $500|
|2019||Pat Simmons and Sally Eads Scholarship: Emma Butler (JRHS) Sydney Robinson (LBHS)||$250 $250||$22,000|
|2020||Elizabeth and Israel Christian Scholarship: Abbagail Link (JRHS) Ethan Webster(LBHS)||$500 $500|
|2020||Pat Simmons and Sally Eads Scholarship: Mackenzie Seebo (JRHS)||$250||$23,250|
|HFI has awarded over $23,000 in scholarships to college bound students. Funds are made possible by membership donations and fundraising events such as Holiday Home Tour and Marketplace.|