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Keesee Fund Awards $200,000 for Student Scholarships

Jan. 20, 2012

The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund of Martinsville has awarded $200,000 to Averett University for student scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. Representatives of the Keesee Fund and Averett University formalized a Keesee Scholars Program at Averett during the University's annual Founders' Day.

"We are humbled and grateful to the Keesee Fund for their faith in Averett, and their support for helping more students attain the dream of higher education," said Dr. Tiffany M. Franks, Averett's president. "Making education attainable and affordable is vital to the long-term success of our region and our nation."

The needs-based Keesee Scholars Program scholarships are to be awarded in amounts of up to $5,000 per student. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens and residents of Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher. First preference for recipients of awards is given to Baptist students who are planning to enter full-time Baptist religious work. Second preference is given to other Baptist students. The remaining scholarships will be awarded to eligible students who are not Baptist.

"We're very grateful to have Averett back in the Keesee family," said Dr. Frank Campbell, a Keesee Fund board member. "We really want to help as many students as possible to be able to afford their higher education."

The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund was established in 1941 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Keesee of Martinsville. The establishment of a Keesee Scholars Program celebrates the historic renewal of the relationship between Averett and the Baptist General Association of Virginia. The Keesee Scholars Program also exists at Bluefield College, Virginia Intermont College and Hargrave Military Academy.