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Apply Now for 2022 Dawbarn Education Awards – Virginia


Nominations are open for the 2022 Dawbarn Education Awards. The Awards Committee selects those nominees who go above and beyond their formal job responsibilities to make a real and lasting impact on the life of a student.

Donor Name: Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

State:  Virginia

Counties:  Staunton city (VA), Augusta County (VA), Waynesboro city (VA)

Type of Grant:

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/05/2022

Size of the Grant: $10,000


In 1992, H. Dunlop “Buz” Dawbarn established a fund at the Community Foundation to improve education in his local community by providing cash awards to individuals who have most successfully inspired young people to set educational goals, encouraged them to reach their full potential, and fostered a lifelong appreciation of learning, in the public school systems of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County.

This year, ten remarkable individuals will be chosen from the public schools of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, to honor with the distinction of being named a Dawbarn Education Award recipient and a $10,000 cash award.

Dawbarn Education Award recipients have included many teachers, but also guidance counselors, coaches, administrators, staff, custodians, volunteers, bus drivers, mentors, parents, and community leaders. Each recipient has made a real and lasting difference in the life of a student. They each achieve that objective in different ways. Their Award recipients don’t simply do their jobs very well, they go beyond what is expected of them. They enable students to see and reach their personal potential. They help them overcome personal obstacles. They inspire students to practice integrity and personal responsibility. They inspire others to do the same. And they do this not for honors or accolades, but to see each child have a real chance to succeed. Their extra effort, whether to help a struggling child gain the confidence to take one positive step at a time or to challenge a student to achieve far more than they could have ever imagined, affects our future for generations to come.

Funding Information

  • Number of Awards: 10
  • Award Amount: $10,000
  • Total Amount Awarded: $100,000


  • Nominations may be submitted by any student, parent, supervisor, colleague, or other fellow resident of the community who knows the nominee’s contributions to the public school students of Staunton, Waynesboro and/or Augusta County.
  • No less than 2 and no more than 4 recommendation letters are required. Include letters from those who have varying perspectives and experiences with the nominee. Hearing from both a supervisor and a parent or student (if appropriate) gives their selection committee a deeper understanding of the nominee’s impact.
  • Not permitted: Self-nomination or nomination by a family member (spouse, children, parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, or uncle.)

**Note: Individuals may be nominated and receive awards in consecutive years.

For more information, visit Dawbarn Education Awards.

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