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Coach Gary Kessler Scholarship

Gary Kessler was a beloved teacher and coach.  He taught Mathematics and Physics for more than 30 years at Fishburne Military School and in Augusta County Public Schools, mainly at Wilson Memorial High School.  He coached Football, Wrestling, and was particularly passionate about Cross Country and Track and Field, leading teams to numerous District, Regional, and State championships throughout the years.  Coach Kessler died unexpectedly on April 3, 2020.  Tom and Diana Beam established the Coach Gary Kessler Scholarship in 2021 to honor his memory.


  • An eligible student must be a female graduating senior at Wilson Memorial High School.
  • First preference will be given to athletes involved in cross country running or track and field and those who plan to continue their participation in the sport after high school.
  • An eligible student must be a candidate for high school graduation at the end of the current academic year and plan to enroll at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or vocational program in the continental United States the following academic year.

2022 Award Amount

$2,000 (may reapply annually for three additional years totaling $8,000)

Application Deadline

March 1, 2022

Donations to the Coach Gary Kessler Scholarship may be made online or by check made payable to the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge and mailed to P.O. Box 515, Staunton, VA 24402.  Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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