Loudoun Laurels announced the selection of its 2017 Loudoun Laureates during its Founders Committee meeting this month. The honorees are Betsy Davis and Bill Harrison. Ms. Davis is Mayor of Middleburg and well-known for her fire and rescue work and support of numerous non-profit organizations. Mr. Harrison is a founder of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum and a supporter of many groups that have helped sustain and develop agriculture and support preservation and conservation in Loudoun County.
The non-profit organization also awarded two scholarships to Loudoun County Public School students who participated in LCPS’ College Achievement Minority Program for Unique Students (CAMPUS) before graduating in June 2017. The scholarship recipients are Zyonne Martin, a graduate of Stone Bridge High School and Haydee Portillo, a graduate of Park View High School. The Loudoun Laurels Stewardship trust awards scholarships in the amount of $40,000 that are dispersed in the amount of $10,000 each year of the students’ four-year undergraduate studies.
Founded in 2008 by a committee convened by Inova Loudoun Hospital and its Inova Health Foundation, the Loudoun Laurels now comprise three activities: an independent non-profit honorary foundation; a scholarship granting trust; and a mentoring resource for LCPS students. Its mission is twofold: to honor and preserve for history the stories of extraordinary people whose lives and work make Loudoun County an exceptional place; and to award scholarships to students in historically underrepresented groups in higher education and prospective first-generation college students in Loudoun County.
Through Loudoun Laurels’ partnerships with the Thomas Balch Memorial Library and other organizations, the stories of the Laureates become part of a permanent research collection on the history of the county and a resource for future generations. Its scholarship and mentorship programs support young people who have the potential to become future leaders.
Each year, Loudoun Laurels host a gala to honor its Laureates and the scholarship recipients. The gala will be held on September 29th at 6:30 at Belmont Country Club this year. For more information, please visit our web site at www.loudounlaurels.org.