January 26, 2013
The Elks Club was filled with people giving back to the Charlottesville community. They are doing so in the name of Grace Tinsley.
Tinsley was the first African-American woman appointed to the city school board and the first nurse at Charlottesville High School.
"She was just mom to me, but at an occasion like this, as we were working up to it, I realize she was so much more than just my mom," said Suzette Holt, Tinsley's daughter. "She was a community leader an a strong community advocate."
The event will fund $2,000 scholarships for four students, and four additional $1,000 scholarships will be given to last year's recipients who are still in college, to further help with school cost.
"I don't believe it was just a check. i think it really helped me with just my school work," said 2010 scholarship recipient, Asia Crawford. "I didn't have to stress over how to get money, as well as getting a job."
"It reduces their debt load, but also lets them know that we the community value them and we're encouraging them to got to college and do well," said event organizer Leah Puryear.
Though Tinsley passed away in 2006, her legacy continues through students pursuing higher education.
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