Two long-time Loudoun community leaders will be added to the roster of Loudoun Laureates during a gala in September. Betsy Davis and Bill Harrison will be the 2017 Loudoun Laurels honorees.
Davis is mayor of Middleburg and well-known for her fire and rescue work and support of numerous nonprofit organizations. Harrison is a founder of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum and a supporter of many groups that have helped sustain and develop agriculture and support preservation and conservation in Loudoun County.
Loudoun Laurels also awarded two scholarships to Loudoun County Public Schools students who participated in the school system’s program College Achievement Minority Program for Unique Students (CAMPUS) before their graduation in June. The scholarship recipients are Zyonne Martin, a graduate of Stone Bridge High School and Haydee Portillo, a graduate of Park View High School. The Loudoun Laurels Stewardship trust awards scholarships in the amount of $40,000 that are dispersed in the amount of $10,000 each year of the students’ four-year undergraduate studies.
Founded in 2008 by a committee convened by Inova Loudoun Hospital and its Inova Health Foundation, the Loudoun Laurels now comprise three activities: an independent nonprofit honorary foundation; a scholarship granting trust; and a mentoring resource for Loudoun County students. Its mission is to honor and preserve for history the stories of extraordinary people whose lives and work make Loudoun County an exceptional place; and to award scholarships to historically underrepresented groups of students in higher education and prospective first-generation college students in Loudoun County.
Through Loudoun Laurels’ partnerships with the Thomas Balch Memorial Library and other organizations, the stories of the Laureates become part of a permanent research collection on the history of the county and a resource for future generations. Its scholarship and mentorship programs support young people who have the potential to become future leaders.
This year’s gala to honor the new laureates and the scholarship recipients will be held Sept. 29 at the Belmont Country Club.
For more information, go to loudounlaurels.org.