Pictured above: Rotary Club of Richmond Past Presidents Mac Bates, Kenny Janes (Student Fellow Award Recipient) Paul Nardo, Paul Levengood and Danny Plaugher present scholarship at 100 year celebration dinner.
Rotary Club of Richmond Foundation Grant
The Rotary Club of Richmond Foundation was started over thirty years ago by a dedicated group of Rotarians lead by members John Patton and Bob Hicks. They along with many other prominent members of the club over the years have raised an endowment of over $960,000 today. The purpose of the foundation is to provide grants that make a significant impact to community non-profit organizations in Richmond. The most recent project has been a five year project starting in the club's 100th Anniversary in 2013. The club decided to make a $150,000 centennial celebration grant payable over multiple years.
Working with Partnership For the Future, the club, and several member organizations, have provided paid summer internships to 8 Richmond Public School students who will be first generation college students. During each of their three years in the work program, the students complete a seven-week internship four days a week, and on Fridays participate in career readiness workshops at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Through the internships the students gain valuable workplace job skills and are mentored by caring adults. The students have also received scholarship money for their college education in recent years.
This year a newly implemented grant program seeks to award a single grant of $25,000 from the Rotary Club of Richmond Foundation Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation on an annual basis. For more information click here.