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Mark Tinsley Scholarship

Mark Tinsley

Mark Tinsley’s friends and family honor his drive, intelligence, steadfastness and big heart with this scholarship fund designed to do what Mark did throughout his life – give a little help to someone who is willing to work. Investment advisor, entrepreneur, friend, brother, son and father – Mark Tinsley filled many roles during his lifetime. With each role he filled, no role was more important to him than the one he performed the very moment he spent with you. Unfortunately, the treatments he endured successfully to overcome cancer in his twenties, manifested itself in his fifties as heart disease. But heart was something Mark had ‘and gave’ abundantly. Mark reached one more milestone in the last year of his life. He completed his undergraduate studies with a degree in business administration from Eastern Mennonite University just a few months before his 53rd birthday.


This scholarship is designed to assist a high school or college level applicant interested in the culinary arts, hospitality management, or business administration and related degrees in that order of priority. Previous recipients must re-apply each year on a competitive basis and will be selected based on the pool of qualified applicants.


  • An eligible applicant must reside in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County for a minimum of one year prior to the scholarship application due date. There is No age limitation.
  • An eligible applicant must have plans to study 1) the culinary arts, 2) hospitality management, or 3) business administration or business related degrees in that order of priority.
  • The applicant studying culinary arts is preferred. If one or more applicants express interest in business related degrees, applicants studying business administration or financial planning are preferred.
  • An eligible applicant must be enrolled or plan to enroll at an accredited two-year or four-year institution (“for profit” educational institutions do not qualify). Preference will be given to a candidate attending college in Virginia.

Selection Criteria Used by the Selection Committee

  • Academic Merit which includes:
    • scholastic achievement/academics, extra-curricular activities and/or sports, community involvement, leadership roles, and demonstrated initiative
  • May consider financial need, but not required
  • The candidate will be selected by a Community Foundation appointed scholarship selection committee for recommendation to the Community Foundation, in accordance with the Community Foundation’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

2022 Award Amount


Application Deadline

March 1, 2022

Please contact the Community Foundation at 540-213-2150 or for additional information and/or clarification.

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