Ten Years of Stuart Scholarships
From Lake Barcroft Newsletter July 2015 By Carol Donlan Barcroft News Staff
Ten years ago Sarah Khasawinah was an outstanding senior at JEB Stuart High School. With the money she received from the Stuart Educational Foundation and other grants Sarah attended Bryn Mawr College to study math and English. Then she went on to Johns Hopkins University to study bio-statistics. And in May, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Mental Health.
“I was the first member of my family to go away to college,” Sarah told a full crowd in the Stuart library. “This is where my journey began. The Stuart Educational Foundation scholarship helped me make my dreams a reality.”
In 2004, while Sarah was a junior, the former Stuart PTSA President Kaye Kory of Waterway Drive, and PSTA member and Stuart counselor Kari Kelly of Lakeview Drive were talking about why so many of
Stuart’s gifted students often from low-income families just didn’t have money for college.
From their conversation sprung the Stuart Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, which has been giving scholarships to deserving students for the last decade. The Foundation has seen scores of volunteers, an active board, hundreds of applications and thousands of donors.
On June 16, at a reception for the 2015 recipients, Foundation President Diane Kilbourne of Whispering
Lane announced that this year a record $145,000 went to 66 Stuart grads. (Last year $106,000 went to 48 recipients.) Many of the 2015 scholarship winners and their families were at the reception.
Diane thanked the cadre of volunteers and the Rotary Club for its continual support. She also recognized the Thurgood Marshall Fund, part of our own LBA Foundation, which also gives scholarships to deserving Stuart graduates. This year the Fund gave 10 additional new scholarships totaling $33,000.
Diane said, “So many parents and alumni have come together to make sure that there are no limits on our students.” New Stuart Principal Penny Gros was impressed with the outpouring of support for Stuart. “I have talked to other principals,” she said, “and no other school has a [scholarship] organization as strong as this.”
Virginia Delegate Kaye Kory added, “Tonight is an example of what is so unique about Stuart.”
To contribute to the Stuart Educational Foundation, go to http://stuartfund.com/contribute.html.
To contribute to the Thurgood Marshall Foundation, go to http://www.lakebarcroft.org/association/thurgood-marshall-fund.