Eva McGehee, Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Bragg Scholarship Recipient
PRESS RELEASE – March 15, 2018
Fluvanna County High School is pleased to announce the availability of the Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund application. Established by Mr. Bragg’s will, and managed by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, the scholarship is meant “to provide undergraduate college assistance based on both need and merit to graduates of Fluvanna County High School.” The Paul W. Bragg
Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee was formed to develop the eligibility rules, to develop the number of scholarships to be awarded in a given year and the amounts, to develop the application and submission procedures including deadlines, and to develop a brochure to publicize this scholarship fund.
Paul W. Bragg was a life-long resident of Fluvanna County, Virginia. He was born in Fluvanna in 1916 and lived his entire life in the family home at 1710 Middle Ford Road, where he died at age 87 on October 9, 2003. Mr. Bragg was a hard-working farmer, and he saved and invested wisely during his long life. He bequeathed the bulk of his considerable estate to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and directed the Foundation to establish a scholarship fund to benefit young people graduating from Fluvanna County High School.
The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Paul W. Bragg Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee are dedicated to carrying out Mr. Bragg’s wishes in perpetuity. The Foundation manages the Bragg Scholarship Fund as part of its permanent endowment and each year notifies the Committee as to how much income is available to provide for scholarships in that year. The Committee then selects recipients from among that year’s applicants. Since the first scholarship was awarded in 2006, there have been 143 recipients and over one million dollars in awards. These recipients have attended Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, University of New Mexico, University of South Carolina, Oberlin College & Conservatory, McGill University Schulich School of Music, Vanderbilt, JMU, Lynchburg College, Mary Washington, PVCC, UVA, Virginia Tech, VCU, William and Mary, Longwood, Shenandoah, Tulane, Johnson and Wales, VMI, Liberty, University of Richmond, Amherst, and Christopher Newport.
This year $93,000 will be available in scholarship money to members of the Class of 2018. One $40,000 scholarship, four $10,000 scholarships, six $5,000 scholarships, six $2,000 scholarships, and two $500 scholarships will be announced at the awards night on May 22, 2018. Applications and scholarship requirements will be available in the Fluvanna County High School School Counseling Office and on their website – www.flucoguidance.weebly.com. The deadline for receipt of completed application packets is Friday, April 13, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. The application and supplemental information should be sent to: Meghan Garrett, Fluvanna County High School, 1918 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, VA 22963.