Things hadn’t always been easy for Robert E. Lee High School graduate Katie Giovine. Money was tight growing up and tensions were often high at home.
“To start, I am very thankful for my experiences growing up, though many events were hard to understand, they have shaped me into the person that I am today,” she said. “It was always a day by day kind of mind set in my home. To explain, as a family we did not know what was going to happen each day. Was there going to be food on the table, was there going to be enough money to pay bills? These questions were always horrifying.”
But, Giovine isn’t one to complain, she’s thankful for the little things in life. Also, she said she’s learned the true value of money. That’s what made the Barbara Hunter Grant Memorial Scholarship so appealing to her.
Thanks to a contribution of $600,000, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge will honor the memory and legacy of the late Barbara Hunter Grant, a life-long Stauntonian who died in June of 2016. The scholarship was announced in April.
The Barbara Hunter Grant Memorial Scholarship continues Grant’s legacy of philanthropy and commitment to enhancing the quality of life for Staunton residents, particularly the city’s children. The Community Foundation will use the new fund to award four-year scholarships, the first of which will be $12,000/year, for a total of $48,000, to a graduating senior at Robert E. Lee High School.
The Foundation will award the Barbara Hunter Grant Memorial Scholarship to students who not only have financial need, but who have also demonstrated great perseverance to overcome academic obstacles and achieve success in the classroom. The Foundation will select a new recipient once every two years.
“When I first found out about the Barbra Hunter Grant Memorial Scholarship, my heart skipped a beat,” Giovine said. “All I could think about was how much I needed it. I could only imagine how much weight would be lifted off of not only my shoulders but my grandmothers and fathers as well.”
Credit: Laura Peters, News Leader