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Extraordinary Gift Enhances Scholarships

The Blowing Rock Community Foundation is excited to announce the receipt of an extraordinary gift from the Estate of Dan and Jane Wolfe.

Dan and Jane Wolfe were long time seasonal residents of Blowing Rock. Both Dan and Jane worked tirelessly for the Blowing Rock Community, especially the Blowing Rock Community Foundation, and the young people of our community. Following Dan’s death in 2004 and then Jane’s in 2013, the scholarship program through the Foundation was greatly enhanced by their generosity in their wills.

As a result of this $750,000 gift from the Wolfes, the Blowing Rock Community Foundation will be able to establish three new $15,000 scholarships. These additional scholarships will be named in honor of Jane and Dan Wolfe. Combined with the Ginny and Dave Stevens Scholarship, one $15,000 will be awarded each year and will be available for renewal for up to four years of undergraduate education. Four $2000 scholarships will also be awarded.

Currently 20 Blowing Rock students receive $2000 scholarships.

Dave and Ginny Stevens moved to Blowing Rock in 1985. Their involvement in community activities has made a huge positive impact in Blowing Rock. Their generosity enabled the Foundation to initially offer the first $10,000, four year scholarship for one student in 2002.

Other memorial and endowment gifts, such as the memorial gift from Richard McDonald in celebration of his wife Pat’s life and the memorial gift from Albert Yount in celebration of his wife Martha’s life, have also enriched the scholarship and grant portion of the Foundation whether in sums of $25, $50, $100 or more. All have enriched the experiences and allowed for additional opportunities for giving to the Blowing Rock Community.

The Blowing Rock Community Foundation, Inc. was formed in 1986 with the purpose, as stated in the bylaws, of: “to receive or solicit gifts, grants, devises or bequests of any type or value for such charitable purposes as will best make for the mental, educational, scientific, charitable, cultural, recreational, environmental and physical improvement of the people of Blowing Rock as defined by section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service.” This purpose is overseen and carried out by a volunteer board of 11 local citizens. To date over $410,000 has been contributed to the community in the form of scholarships and over $459,000 in grants to community 501(c)3 agencies.

Scholarship applications for 2014-2015 will be available on November 1st at Blowing Rock Town Hall, the Guidance Office of Watauga High School, or online at blowingrockcommunityfoundation.org. Questions may be addressed to Susie Greene, Scholarship Chair at greenesl@appstate.edu

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