Grace Tinsley Scholarship Fundraiser Shines Light on Community Heroes

January 25, 2013

The Grace Tinsley Scholarship Bash Saturday night brought the community together for another year of dinner, dancing and inspiration.

The Tinsley Scholarship honors Grace Tinsley, a woman who was an amazing community leader who died in 2006.

Each year The Grace Tinsley Foundation hosts a fundraiser to shine a light on previous scholarship recipients and inviting them to speak about how college and education in general has changed their lives.

The Elks Club was filled with people there to honor the life and legacy of Grace Tinsley, the first African American female appointed to the Charlottesville City Board.

The scholarship in her name is giving back to those who exemplify some of Tinsley's qualities.

Erica Jackson, a 2008 recipient, says this scholarship has given her a platform to express the importance of higher education.

"I think that it's important when you have the commitment from your family to support you but outside local agencies from where you are from supporting you, means a lot. It gives students hope," said Jackson.

Grace Tinsley was known for her community service, leadership, and perseverance, but often it's the heroes we don't see or even hear about that really need to be recognized.

Like Syreeta Davis, a secretary at Buford Middle School, she's a source of support and a strong mentor to hundreds of students.

"I am just honored, I am amazed...speechless. To be honest, to even be recognized for something like this is something I would never have dreamt of. Sitting behind the scenes you don't ask for recognition you just do what your heart wants you to do and you just follow your heart, " said Davis.

A legacy bound to live on as recipients of the Grace Tinsley Scholarship continue to fulfill her mission.

Tickets were $35 at the door. Proceeds will benefit high school seniors. So far, 18 student scholarships have been awarded .

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