Endowed Scholarships

UVA Wise Endowed Scholarship Funds

The 29th Annual Scholarship Luncheon, planned for Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the David J. Prior Convocation Center was  canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, we are deeply grateful to the generous scholarship donors for investing in the lives of our students. Below are the new endowed funds which were established between March 30, 2019 and March 25, 2020. We are proud to announce these new funds that will benefit future generations of students at UVA Wise.

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, we extend a hearty thanks to our donors who have made this fund possible!

Chancellor Henry

Valerie Edwards

Robert England

Amelia Harris

Endowed Scholarship Funds

The Brian K. Blanton & Daphne D. Blanton Scholarship was established in 2017 by graduates Brian and Daphne Blanton to provide scholarships for students who are majoring in Business Administration or Social Sciences and who are participating on an intercollegiate athletic team at the College.  First priority will be given to students who demonstrate academic promise and who have a financial need.

The Daris M. Clifton-Alloy Bicentennial Scholars Fund was established in 2019 by Daris Clifton-Alloy.  Scholarship awards will be made to worthy and deserving students with a preference of graduation from a high school within a 70-mile radius of UVA Wise.  A second preference is that scholarships be awarded to students participating in the Stem-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health) Program.

The Coeburn High School Alumni Scholarship was established in 2019 by J. B. Atwood, Jr. and Sue Fischer on behalf of the alumni of Coeburn High School Class of 1961.  Scholarships will be awarded to worthy and deserving students who graduated from Eastside High School.  Preference to students who demonstrate financial need and who are first-generation college students.

The Bill and Rick Collie Scholarship was established in 2019 by Jim and Sherry Collie in memory and honor of their two sons, Bill and Rick.  Preference given to students pursuing studies in nursing, physical therapy or pharmacy.  Preference given to students from Central High School, then Wise County, and then any high school in Southwest Virginia.

The Lisa Hamilton Davis Scholarship Fund in Theatre was established in 2019 by Lisa Hamilton Davis, a 1981 alumna of the College.  Lisa has devoted herself to education and theatre performances.   This fund will provide scholarships to worthy and deserving junior or senior students who have declared theatre as a major.  First preference will be given to students from the counties of Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, and Wise and the City of Norton.  May be renewable for students who maintain academic progress.

The Jim and June Dotson Scholarship was established in 2019 by Jim and June Dotson.  The scholarship was established to commemorate Jim’s lifelong appreciation of the game of football and the Dotson’s commitment to the UVA Wise athletics program.   Awarded to worthy and deserving male or female student athletes with preference given to students from Wise and Dickenson Counties and City of Norton.  Need will be considered.

The Nick England Golf Bicentennial Scholarship was established in February 2020 by the Nick England Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Robert and Jennifer England in honor and memory of their son Nick.  This fund will provide scholarships to undergraduate students attending UVA Wise with preference to students participating on the men’s and women’s golf teams.

The Nick England #LoveDeeper Bicentennial Scholarship Fund was established in February 2020 by the Nick England Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Robert and Jennifer England in honor and memory of their son Nick.  This fund will provide need-based scholarships to undergraduate students attending UVA Wise with preference given to students majoring in the Social Sciences discipline with a second preference given to students majoring in the Social Sciences discipline and residents of southwest Virginia.

The Robert and Jennifer England Education Bicentennial Scholarship Fund was established in February 2020 by the Nick England Memorial Scholarship Foundation and Robert and Jennifer England.  This fund will provide scholarships to worthy and deserving students at UVA Wise with preference given to students in the Education program.  Second preference given to students in the Education program who are residents of southwest Virginia.  If a master’s program in Education is approved in the future, it is the donors’ preference that the scholarship be awarded to students enrolled in the graduate program who are residents of southwest Virginia.

The Bill Gatton Foundation Bicentennial Scholarship was established in 2019 by the Bill Gatton Foundation.  The fund will provide need-based scholarships to undergraduate students at UVA Wise with a preference to students from Washington County, Virginia, including the towns of Abingdon, Bristol, Glade Springs, and Saltville.

The Gwen Gillenwater and Michelle Partin Scholarship was established in 2019 by two alumni who wish to remain anonymous in honor of Gwen Gillenwater and Michelle Partin, former College staff members, who made a positive impact on their lives during their time at Clinch Valley College of the University of Virginia.  Scholarships shall be awarded to worthy and deserving students at UVA Wise.

The Don M. Green Napoleon Hill Foundation Scholarship was established in 2019 by the Napoleon Hill Foundation in honor of Don Green. Scholarships will be awarded to students attending the College at Wise who have distinguished themselves as leaders, having been selected for membership in the Napoleon Hill Scholars Program at the College at Wise.

The Marguerite T. Kanto and William P. Kanto, Jr. MD Scholarship  was established by Marguerite and Bill Kanto in 2020 as part of their estate plan. Once the Nurse Practitioner Program is established, it will be used to provide merit-based scholarships for students enrolled in the Program.

The Charles W. Lewis Scholarship Fund in Theatre was established in 2019 by Robert D. and Amelia C. VanGundy in honor and memory of Charles W. Lewis, a longtime faculty member.  The scholarship will be awarded to worthy and deserving students majoring in Theatre or planning to pursue a career in theatre.

The Danny G. Mullins Memorial Women’s Basketball Scholarship was established in 2020 by Kim Mullins in honor and memory of her husband Danny.  Danny, a 1970 alumnus of the College, served as President of the Highland Cavalier Club and was a member of the UVA Wise Foundation Board.  He was an avid supporter of UVA Wise athletics and attended many athletic events.  This scholarship will be awarded to worthy and deserving student athletes participating in the women’s basketball program.

The Ralph W. Mullins Bicentennial Scholarship was established by Wayne Mullins in 2019 and shall be used to provide merit-based scholarships to undergraduate students attending the College at Wise. Once fully funded, preference will be given to students from Dickenson County, Virginia.

The Rapha Foundation Bicentennial Scholarship was established in 2020 to provide scholarship support to students from the City of Norton, Wise County, and Dickenson County, Virginia. It was established by The Rapha Foundation.

The Donna Green Sikorski Bicentennial Scholarship was established in 2019 by Don Green in honor of his daughter Donna.  Scholarships will be awarded to worthy and deserving students at UVA Wise, based on need.

The C. Bascom Slemp Experiential Bicentennial Scholarship was established in 2019 by the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation.  The Fund will provide need-based scholarships to undergraduate students at UVA Wise.  Preference will be given to students who have been selected to participate in experiential learning opportunities such as undergraduate research, study abroad, field research, and internships/externships.

The Florene Stovall Napoleon Hill Scholarship was established in 2020 by Don M. Green and the Napoleon Hill Foundation in memory of Florene Finn Stovall who passed away in November 2019. Preference will be given to students who participate in the music program. Her son, Jim Stovall, a world-renowned motivational speaker and author has collaborated with the Napoleon Hill Foundation on a number of projects and was one of the most popular featured speakers at the annual Napoleon Hill Day held each October at UVA Wise. Florene’s family recognized her musical talent early, and she started piano lessons at age 6. She would later play piano for her church for many decades.

The Robert F. Stallard Bicentennial Fellowship in STEM was established in 2019 by Robert and Jeannie Stallard.  The Stallard Fellowship will support undergraduate students at UVA Wise for students participating in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline.

The H. A. Street Honorary Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Bicentennial Scholarship was established in 2019 by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.  The fund will provide need-based scholarships to undergraduate students attending UVA Wise with a preference given to students from the distressed areas of Appalachia as identified by the Appalachian Regional Commission who are Reserve Officer Training Corps candidates.  Second preference is for students who are planning a career in law.

Operational Endowed Fund

The Twinleaf Society Helping Hand Fund was established by the Twinleaf Society, whose members are long-time and retired faculty and staff of the College at Wise. The Twinleaf Society Helping Hand Fund will be used for students who demonstrate financial needs which may include but not be limited to hunger, homelessness, clothing, shelter, books and supplies.

If you are interested in endowing a scholarship in honor or memory of someone, contact:

Valerie Lawson | Vice Chancellor for Advancement & Alumni Engagement | 276-393-8010
Bill Wendle | Senior Director of Advancement | 276-393-7241
Corey Sanchez | Assistant Director of Annual Giving | 276-870-0264
Sam Wharton | Assistant Director of Athletic Development | 276-870-0295