Endowed Scholarships

UVa-Wise Endowed Scholarship Funds

The 23rd Annual Scholarship Luncheon was held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, in the David J. Prior Convocation Center. A record number of scholarship donors and scholarship recipients attended the annual event.

This year’s student speaker was sophomore Kathelyn M. Sutherland, recipient of the the David Preston "D.P." & Leta F. Davis Scholarship, Longs Fork Elementary School PTO Scholarship, Columbus Phipps Foundation Scholarship, Poor Farm Society - Retirees Scholarship and the Benjamin F. & Sarah C. Sutherland Scholarship. Offering a special thanks on the behalf of the students, she thanked the scholarship fund donors for their generous support. Katie said that she had completely changed her career path because of the wonderful education that she is receiving from UVa-Wise.

Dirk P. Davis, Class of 1985, spoke on behalf of the scholarship fund donors and told a moving story about the impact of scholarship on his life. He said that he had calculated the lenth of time it would have taken his parents to repay the scholarships and other assistance he received and it would have been the year that his dad passed away. He was thankful that his children got to spend time with his dad rather than having to toil additional years to help him. He also spoke of his proud parents who worked hard to provide the opportunity. Several were brought to tears by his remarks. Because of his experience with scholarships, he and his family endowed the Dwaine Davis, Sr. Scholarship in memory of his dad.

A record number of new endowed scholarship funds (established from March 1 2013-March 1, 2014) were announced at the luncheon including:

Endowed Scholarship Funds
(Established March 2013 - March 2014)

  • Ben E. & Dorothy A. Allen and James J. & Doris June Seay Scholarship
  • Michael G. Basham Memorial Scholarship
  • Pat Bevins Scholarship
  • John I. Burton Class of 1958 Scholarship
  • M & M Gilliam CAVS Scholarship
  • Lauren Wallace Fields Scholarship
  • David Wayne Fuller Scholarship
  • Hantzmon Wiebel LLP Scholarship
  • Charles H. Henderson III, M.D. and Mary M. Henderson Family Scholarship
  • Industrial Development Authority of Dickenson County, Virginia Scholarship
  • Georgia Eller Jones and Gusteva Wallen Scott Scholarship
  • William P. Kanto and Lila O. Kanto Scholarship
  • O’D/Michael E. O’Donnell Scholarship
  • Bruce K. and Patsy Robinette Scholarship
  • Phil Shelton Scholarship in Environmental Science
  • Simms Family Biology Scholarship
  • Southwest Virginia Angus Association Scholarship
  • Laura Danielle Wampler Scholarship
  • Stan Willis Scholarship in History
  • Starnes-Thompson Scholarship
  • Jo Stewart Scholarship
  • Virgil E. Straughan Scholarship

If you are interested in endowing a scholarship in honor or memory of someone, please contact the Office of Development.

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Office of Development and College Relations
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Wise, VA 24293
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