White Trust awards $66,000+ in 25th year
More than $66,000 in grants was awarded to projects in Mathews County Public Schools this spring by the White-Hudgins Charitable Trust, the 25th year that this funding source has been available to pay for some of the items not covered by the division’s operating budget.
Over the span of the past 25 years, the White Trust has provided grants totaling $1,152,822, according to Roz White, who established the fund with her late husband, Jeff. This year, $66,410 was awarded in the areas of professional development, tuition assistance, student field trips, instructional programs and student clubs/projects.
The most recent round of White Trust recipients was announced during the Mathews County School Board’s May 17 meeting, which was held in the Mathews High School media center.
“My husband and I, both 1942 graduates of Mathews High School, considered our teachers the most influential people in our lives next to our immediate family,” Roz White wrote in a May 9 letter to her fellow fund trustees. “They were our role models, our cheerleaders, and our challengers. Then we saw all over again the value of teachers in the lives of our children.
“So we began to talk about how we might honor the memory of our teachers by acknowledging in special ways their replacements in the Mathews school system, and the children they teach,” the letter continued. “With the help of a lawyer in Atlanta and Superintendent Harry Ward in Mathews, the fund was established.”
The biggest single grant awarded this year—$20,000—will go toward tuition reimbursement for the division’s faculty. Another $15,000 will be used to purchase a milling machine for engineering and building trades students.