From Philanthropist Paul Mellons Estate Will Assist Needy
Students From His Home County In Virginia
12, 2002-- The University of
Virginia has received a special 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, Va.
one of Americas greatest art collectors and philanthropists,
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 of admissions. "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, for example, 16 U.Va. students from Fauquier County
applied for financial aid, according to Donna L. Oliver, senior
assistant director of financial aid.
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.
is one of the many institutions and charitable organizations that
the philanthropist, who died in 1999, supported in his lifetime
and with bequests in his will. He also designated U.Va. as one of
four institutions to receive discretionary gifts from his estates
executors. The Paul Mellon Scholarships are established with a discretionary
Mellons bequests to U.Va. were $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 Library.
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856