Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Legacy Continues

Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Legacy Continues

Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship Fund has awarded two scholarships in its debut year. Created in memorial to Gavin Rupp who died of cancer, July 30, 2013, at age 13, Gavin attended Eagle Ridge Middle School and loved the game of baseball.  His jersey was #15. The scholarship fund makes awards to students in the medical profession pursuing training and degrees with a particular emphasis in oncology. “Our entire family is so grateful for the wonderful medical team members that supported Gavin throughout his 30-month battle with cancer.  We hope that by providing a scholarship to students who will one day work with other pediatric cancer patients, the scholarship recipients can “Pay it Forward” to many others for years to come,” said Gavin’s parents, Chris and Sandy Rupp. Together with Gavin’s brother Ian and sister Abby, the Rupp’s intend to award at least one scholarship annually. Two students were selected to benefit in 2015: Caroline Nicotra (left), a Tuscarora High School graduate, will attend Virginia Tech with aspirations to study biological sciences on a pre-med track in oncology. Nicotra says she loves science, but was inspired by a friend in 4th grade who died of cancer. A second award was made to Brianna Jennings (right), a graduate of Loudoun County High. She will attend Michigan State University on a pre-med track after personal health issues sensitized her to the need for physicians with empathy and care. The Scholarship Fund also has a new benefactor from sales of a newly published children’s book, Overwhelming Underdogs, written by Jeanne Layman, sold online through Lulu.Com. A coming-of-age story about baseball, proceeds from the book will...
Calling All Student Grantmakers!

Calling All Student Grantmakers!

Piedmont Community Foundation (PCF) invites area students grades 9-12 from Loudoun and Fauquier Counties to join its student philanthropy project, Forward Turn. The program meets once per month between October and April to learn about great philanthropists, grantwriting, and the tough choices involving charitable grantmaking. “This is a program that teaches our youth participants how to ‘look under the hood’ of a nonprofit charity and gain an understanding of making good charitable choices. The goal is to enable our Forward Turn members to be equipped to be good charitable givers as they reach adulthood,” says Amy Owen, PCF executive director. Based on research conducted in Michigan where such programs were started, participants involved in long-term programs like Forward Turn report a 94% volunteer rate as opposed to other young adults in the same age bracket with a 15% volunteer rate. Participants in Forward Turn programs report a 88% giving rate; as opposed to other young adults in the same age bracket with a 42% givers rate. The program is supported by a permanent endowment fund held in the Piedmont Community Foundation created by the Rust family in honor of S. Murray Rust and Mary H.C. Rust. Additional funders include the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, Middleburg Bank, and Dominion Foundation. The orientation meeting will be held in Middleburg at 101 North Jay Street on October 19, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. For more information contact Amy Owen, (540) 687-5223 or visit ForwardTurn.org. Piedmont Community Foundation was founded in 1999 and serves Loudoun and northern Fauquier Counties. It provides financial stewardship for almost 30 endowment funds and holds approximately $1.3 million in...