Endowed Scholarships

Each spring, UVA Wise hosts the annual Spring Scholarship Luncheon where students meet their scholarship donors, enjoy conversations over a delicious meal, and celebrate the impact of scholarships. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to host the luncheon and instead have created a video series celebrating our scholarship donors and sharing a few student, faculty, and staff stories about the impact that scholarships make at UVA Wise.

Vice Chancellor of Advancement and Alumni Engagement Valerie Lawson will provide a warm welcome, share an overview of the week’s schedule, and announce our Tice Total Achievement Award recipients.

UVA Wise is pleased to announce the 2021 Tice Total Achievement Awards. The awards are presented to students who honor and encourage family values, community service, cooperation, creativity and scholarship. Students displaying these qualities are nominated by College faculty and staff members and selected by the Tice Award Committee. The award is made possible through a generous endowment created by Dr. Frederick Gordon Tice, a 1939 alumnus of the University of Virginia. 

Tice Total Achievement Recipients

  • Abigail S. Blankenship, a sophomore majoring in liberal arts and sciences from Kingsport, Tennessee.  Abigail is a Napoleon Hill Scholar and a member of the TRIO/Student Support Services program.
  • Gabrielle F. Collins, a senior majoring in biology from Coeburn, Virginia.  Gabrielle is a mentor for the TRIO/Student Support Services program and is active in the SGA and Greek Life on campus. 
  • McKenna J. Falwell, a junior majoring in business administration from Blackstone, Virginia.  McKenna is a member of the Highland Cavalier softball team, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Armani E. Hoffman, a freshman majoring in government from Culpeper, Virginia.  Armani is a member of the Highland Cavalier football team, a member of the TRIO/Student Support Services program, and a Special Olympics volunteer.
  • Joshua T. McCray, a senior majoring in biochemistry from Wise, Virginia.  Joshua is a Napoleon Hill Scholar, volunteers for the Remote Area Medical Clinic (RAM), and is a Student Advisory Committee Representative for the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV).
  • Colton L. Mills, a junior majoring in music from Elkton, Virginia.  Colton is a leader in the UVA Wise Marching Band, Concert Band and Wise Guys tuba euphonium ensemble, and volunteers with his high school band at East Rockingham High School.
  • Paytan A. Perkins, a junior majoring in nursing from Oakwood, Virginia.  Paytan is a mentor for the TRIO/Student Support Services program and is a member of the Tri Alpha First Generation Honor Society on campus.
  • Hailey A. Polly, a sophomore majoring in English from Wise, Virginia.  Hailey is a mentor for the TRIO/Student Support Services program and a student working in the Resource Center on campus.
  • Maranda A. Strouth, a junior majoring in psychology from Wise, Virginia.  Maranda volunteers with PAWS of Southwest Virginia, helped with Girls’ Day in STEM, and is a Pen Pal for residents at the Laurel retirement and assisted living facility in Norton, VA.
  • Emily S. Ward, a sophomore majoring in government from Pennington Gap, Virginia.  Emily has participated in mission trips to assist with rebuilding homes for those in need and is active in numerous community service projects.

UVA Wise sophomore Evan Blanton takes a moment to share his thanks to our generous scholarship donors. A member of the Highland Cavalier men’s golf team, Evan says that scholarships have allowed him to experience new opportunities and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Because of your support, we are able to provide students with an educational experience that will help them build a brighter future. Join Chancellor Donna P. Henry as she extends her sincere thanks to you, our endowed scholarship fund donors, and as she announces our newly endowed scholarship and operational funds.

UVA Wise senior Madelyn Lawrence shares her gratitude to our generous scholarship donors, whose support has allowed her to participate in extracurricular activities and compete as a member of the Highland Cavalier volleyball team during her time at Wise. These experiences have helped Madelyn prepare to continue her studies after graduation in dental school, so she can pursue her dream career.

Associate Professor of Biology Mike Shell shares his thanks to our generous scholarship donors and speaks about how undergraduate research can be life changing for students.

Director of Trio Student Support Services Marcia Mitchell provides her thanks to our scholarship donors, talks about serving low income and first-generation college students, and how scholarships impact our students at UVA Wise. Thank you to all of our scholarshipdonors and supporters! In the words of Marcia Mitchell, “Your generosity can make a difference for these students!”

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UVA Wise is pleased to announce the following newly endowed scholarship funds and the newly endowed operational funds as well as the donors who have made them possible.

2021 Newly Endowed Scholarship Funds

The 2020 B. F. Foundation Helping Hand Bicentennial Scholarship was endowed by an anonymous donor in 2020.  The Fund shall be used to provide need-based scholarships to undergraduate students attending UVA Wise.  Preference should be given to graduates of Buchanan County High Schools or to students from designated distressed areas of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The Daniel-Lamb Natural Science Bicentennial Scholarship was endowed by Van W. Daniel III. The Income of the Fund shall be used to provide merit-based scholarships to undergraduate students attending the College at Wise. Preference will be given to students majoring in a natural science with priority for students majoring in Chemistry.

The Fischer-Elseg-Williams Bicentennial Scholarship was endowed in 2020 by Alan Williams, Zachary Williams and Ann Fischer Williams in honor of Ann’s uncle Paul Fischer and her parents Frank Fischer and Rose Elseg Fischer for their remarkable achievements as children of immigrants.  The Fund shall provide need-based scholarships to worthy and deserving undergraduate students at UVA Wise.

The Hart-Amburgey Endowed Scholarship was endowed in 2020 by Elmer Franklin Hart, Sharon Hart Spencer, Rebecca Hart Mosolgo and K. David Hart in honor and memory of Elmer Bayse Hart and Nada Amburgey Hart.  Elmer and Nada moved to Wise, Virginia, in 1952 and were educators until their retirement.  They instilled in their children the importance of a college education and three of their children attended UVA Wise, as well as a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and a grandson and granddaughter-in-law.  The Fund shall be used to award scholarships to worthy and deserving students who have declared a major with priority given to students from Appalachian Regional Commission counties who work part-time while completing their education.

The Frankie Lynn Holbrook Scholarship in the Dramatic Arts was endowed in 2021 by Jo Stewart in honor of her sister, Frankie Holbrook, a 1977 alumna of Clinch Valley College.  Frankie was active in the performing arts throughout her college career and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre.  Scholarships shall be awarded to worthy and deserving students who demonstrate academic merit and financial need.  The donor prefers that the scholarships support Native Americans, but it is not a requirement.  

The Joseph S. Matney and Christinia Allen Matney Bicentennial Scholars Fund was endowed in 2021 by Kate Matney Cardone in honor and memory of her parents.  Joe was a 1963 graduate of Clinch Valley College.  Joe and Christinia are remembered for their strong faith and as people who truly touched many lives as spiritual mentors.  Scholarships shall be awarded to undergraduate students of UVA Wise who demonstrate need with a preference to graduates of Buchanan County High Schools.

The Bill and Mary Ramseyer Football Bicentennial Scholarship was endowed by the Ramseyer family, alumni and friends led by Mike Owens and Bruce Wasem.  Scholarships will be awarded to students who are members of the football program at the College, and who, in consultation with the head football coach, exemplify dedication in the classroom, passion on the field, and a commitment to excellence, as well as serving the community and being outstanding individuals.  

The Rachael Erinn White-Hollo Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2020 by an anonymous donor in honor and memory of Rachael who died in 2017 after a courageous battle with leukemia.  She attended UVA Wise from 2004-2006.  Scholarships shall be awarded to worthy and deserving students at UVA Wise with a preference given to graduates of John S. Battle High School with second preference given to students from far Southwest Virginia.  Priority is given to students majoring in a natural science or pursuing a medical research career path.

2021 Newly Endowed Operational Funds

The Pamela J. McKnight History Scholars Fund was endowed by Brian and Devin McKnight with support from Pam’s close friends, family members, and the campus community to which she was dedicated The McKnight History Scholars Fund supports students and faculty scholarship activities through awards in support of travel, equipment, incidental expenses, and scholarships. Pam, an alumna of the College and longtime member of the Academic Affairs team, is remembered as a dedicated supporter of the institution’s academic mission.  This fund will provide indispensable support for the kinds of endeavors that are sometimes overlooked and will also serve as a source for scholarships.  It will prioritize projects that address local and regional interests.

The Fern Salyer Memorial Volleyball Fund was endowed by Tom Costa and Kendall Rainey with support from family and friends. Established in honor and memory of current Head Volleyball Coach Kristen Salyer’s grandmother, Fern Salyer, who passed away at the age of 90 in February 2020. She was a lifelong resident of Scott County and was retired from Eastman where she played basketball on the company All-Star Team. She was a member of Mt Vernon United Methodist Church.  She had a lifelong lover for sports, especially volleyball, and she instilled that passion in her children and grandchildren. Annual distributions may be used for but not limited to scholarships, team apparel, equipment or any operational support deemed worthy. The head coach will administer the fund in consultation with the Athletic Director and in line with all College, conference and division regulations.

The Robert F. Stallard Fellowship in STEM Operational Fund was by Jeannie N. Stallard and Robert F. Stallard. The fund will provide support for the recipient(s) of the Robert F. Stallard Fellowship in STEM Bicentennial Fund. It is the donors’ wish that the recipient is provided stipend support throughout the year to enable the recipient(s) to focus on educational pursuits.

Valerie Lawson


Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Alumni Engagement
Bill Wendle


Senior Director of Advancement
Corey Sanchez


Director of Alumni Engagement
Sam Wharton


Assistant Director of Athletic Giving