• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/12/2013
  • Club Name: Covington-Hot Springs
  • Project Name: Covington Hot Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Fund
  • Project Total Expenditures: $33,750.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $3,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The primary service project of the club is scholarships for students to attend Dabney S Lancaster Community College. The club has provided money for scholarships dating back to 1998. In 2006, the club began endowing a scholarship and thus far, the club has donated $15,591 to the permanent restricted scholarship fund and $3,750.32 to a temporarily restricted fund. The club needs to donate an additional $14,409 to the permanent restricted fund to fully endow a permanent annual scholarship to be awarded every year ad infinitum. The club is seeking $3000 of this $14,409 to which the club will contribute the balance of $11,409 and in doing so, complete the process of fully endowing the Covington Hot Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Fund.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2013
  • Expected End Date: 7/4/2013
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: We live in an era where U.S. manufacturers report hundreds of thousands of quality jobs going unfilled due to an insufficiently educated and trained U.S. workforce. The adult population in the Alleghany area is insufficiently educated and trained for 21st Century employment when post high school education and training is an increasing necessity. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the % of adults age 25 and over in the Alleghany Highlands with a bachelor’s degree is only 14.1% which is half the national % (28.2%) and 60% less than the rate for Virginia (35.1%). One obstacle preventing residents from continuing their education past high school is the cost of higher education. The club service area poverty rate is 26% higher (2010 U.S. Census) than state average so financial assistance in the form of a scholarship to DSLCC for education and training responds to the problem every year for every scholarship recipient.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Every year, Rotarians will participate in a recognition ceremony conducted by DSLCC in acknowledgement of our scholarship contributions. This most recently occurred on April 11, 2013 for the annual contribution the club made in March 2013 (see uploaded 12April2013photo). Members of the club will attend the scholarship issuance announcement ceremony. And members of the club will attend the DSLCC scholarship luncheon with the scholarship recipient and the recipient's parents (see uploaded 7/23/2012 Virginian Review article).
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The DSLCC Educational Foundation issues press releases acknowledging Rotary for our contribution, then again when the scholarship is announced, and then again when the scholarship is awarded. Photos are taken at each stage to be included in the press release (see uploaded 7/23/2012 Virginian Review article). The individual in the club responsible for publicity also happens to be the Publisher and Editor of the local newspaper, the Virginian Review, which helps to ensure optimal coverage and placement in both the print and online editions of the newspaper. The club will also post the photos/ newspaper stories on our club Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Covington-Hot-Springs-Rotary-Club/500970013251464).
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Dabney S Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation....a 501(c) (3) non-profit educational foundation.....
    20% of the DSLCC Educational Foundation Board are Rotarians including 2nd V.P. Elaine Nelson who is the incoming President-Elect of the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: DSLCCEdFdnLetter.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload:CovHSScholarshpBudget.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: David Kleppinger
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Secretary
  • Primary Contact Email: dave@ahedc.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540.817.0113
  • Financial Contact Name: Lynda Thompson
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Executive Director
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P.O. Box 1000
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422 View on Map
  • Financial Contact Email: lthompson@dslcc.edu
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540.863.2837
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterProjectAuthorizationForm.pdf
  • Project Supporting Uploads:Covington Hot Springs Rotary Scholar 2012.pdf, 12april2013photo.JPG