Mellon gift to aid students
By Bob Brickhouse
University has received a gift of more than $3 million from the
estate of the late Paul Mellon to fund scholarships for needy
students from his beloved Fauquier County.
one of Americas most prominent art collectors and philanthropists
who died in 1999, had a deep affection for the bucolic Piedmont
Virginia county where he bred horses and lived for most of his
adult life. Although known for its wealth, Fauquier County has
many residents who are unable to afford college.
Mellon was devoted to the people of his home county, said
Beverly Carter, co-executor of his estate. It is highly
fitting that deserving students from Fauquier be able to receive
an education in his name.
will have a dramatic impact on meeting the financial needs of
Fauquiers young people who want to attend U.Va., said
John A. Blackburn, dean
It will play an important role in assisting with the education
of many students. I hope this will serve as an incentive to the
citizens of Fauquier County to consider the possibility of studying
at U.Va. Unfortunately, too many students decide not to apply
because they believe that they cannot afford it.
year alone, 16 U.Va. students from Fauquier applied for financial
aid, according to Donna L. Oliver, senior assistant director of
On behalf of the students, faculty and staff, we want to
express our deep appreciation for the establishment of these scholarships,
which will be called Paul Mellon Scholarships, she said.
from Fauquier who apply for financial aid with demonstrated need
will automatically be considered for a scholarship, Oliver said.
First preference will go to meeting the greatest needs. Students
must reapply for financial aid each year.
addition to $3 million to build a permanent endowment for the
scholarships, Mellons estate has provided $150,000 to meet
the immediate financial-aid needs of entering and already-enrolled
students from Fauquier who attend U.Va. next fall.
other bequests to U.Va. include $20 million for prostate cancer
research, the largest gift in the medical schools history,
and a vast collection of rare items related to American and Virginia
history given to the University