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The Roanoke County Public Schools Education Foundation held their annual scholarship awards presentation April 25 at Hidden Valley High School. In all, the Foundation awarded 91 scholarships totaling $76,600.

“These scholarships are being awarded to outstanding young men and women who are the pride of Roanoke County Public Schools,” said Foundation president Rob Hendren. “The scholarship selection committee had a very difficult time selecting the winners from many outstanding applications,” Hendren added.

“We would not be able to award these scholarships without the generous donations of our sponsors and individual donors,” said Hendren. “We very much appreciate all their support,” he added.

The Roanoke County Education Foundation was created in 1991 as a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization to help young people in Roanoke County Public Schools meet some of their educational and personal goals.

Their mission is to promote the advancement and further the aims and goals of Roanoke County Public Schools through the development and application of donated financial resources. The foundation provides student scholarships for graduating seniors; classroom grants for innovative teaching ideas; assists with student travel to attend state and national competitions; provides resources for international education;
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and assists students in remedial education and substance abuse programs.

Since its inception, the group has provided more than $1,000,000 in scholarships to more than 1,500 graduating seniors; more than $260,000 in classroom grants to more than 1,400 teachers; and more than $300,000 to support travel and educational programs. In all,
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that’s over $1.5 million in support the teachers and students at Roanoke County Public Schools.