Scholarship Fund Created in Memory of Loudoun County Supervisor Henry Stowers

Scholarship Fund Created in Memory of Loudoun County Supervisor Henry Stowers

The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties (CF) is honored to announced that a newly gifted scholarship fund has been created to benefit graduates of Loudoun County High School (LCHS). Henry C. Stowers’s estate created the Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund with a $665,000 endowment and will make an annual award of approximately $20,000 per year to four students. The award will be renewable for four years for a potential of $20,000 in total support to each LCHS graduate recipient. The first scholarship was awarded to Danning Bisaga, a 2018 graduate of LCHS who plans to attend the University of Virginia this fall and pursue her interest in studying psychiatry or psychology.  “This is a wonderful opportunity. Thank you,” stated Bisaga. “This fund is a substantial gift to Loudoun County. We are honored to have been chosen to steward its growth to ensure hundreds of graduates of Loudoun County High School benefit from this incredibly generous gift,” said Amy Owen, president of the Community Foundation. “By all accounts, Henry was a very kind soul who was a ‘giver, not a taker.’ This scholarship fund is an example of his spirit of giving.” Stowers was a lifelong farmer and an avid photographer. He served on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors from 1972 to 1979 and on the Loudoun County Soil and Water Conservation District from 1980 to 1986. He also held leadership positions in many Loudoun County and regional organizations, including service on the boards of the Loudoun County Farm Bureau, the Southern States Cooperative, the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee, and the Planters’ Club. He...
Follow Ben Franklin

Follow Ben Franklin

I like Ben Franklin a lot. He invented things. Like the Franklin Stove and bifocals. He also said cheeky and sage things. Like, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Or, “Instead of cursing the darkness, light a candle.” And, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” That last one really works for me. It’s all about my work here in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County . . . to work with folks who get the value of community saving . . . building permanent endowment that says here at home. Ben got it. He was the first American to create an endowment.  He is the guy on the $100 bill. Local permanent assets mean that our community has a healthy outlook and resources. It enriches our schools, fosters community arts and culture, ensures parks and open space. It means that, as a community, we’re good at offering folks a hand up when it’s needed. Now, today, and in the future. Like Ben said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Community Needs. Community Assets. Let’s follow Ben here in Loudoun and Northern Fauquier County. 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 endowment. Community foundations number more than 700 across America and 29 in Virginia and attract gifts and bequests to benefit local communities to build everlasting...