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Turn your passion into reality. Our community foundation donors are passionate people with a common mission: inspiring philanthropy and transforming the quality of life in southeastern Virginia. Since 1950, we’ve invested over $225 million on behalf of generous people, who live, work and strive to make Hampton Roads a great community.


By Adia White / February 22, 2018
As 2001 valedictorian at Norfolk’s Booker T. Washington High School, Cherise Williams Newsome dreamed of attending Georgetown University. However, paying for the private university was a challenge. She overcame Georgetown’s private tuition thanks to scholarships, including the Jesse T. Bonney Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. Today, Cherise is an advocate for public education and says it “the great equalizer and pathway to a better life.”

By Adia White / February 13, 2018
When Shirley Liverman’s husband passed away in February 2017, the Suffolk resident knew she had to find a way to honor his legacy. She recently established the Dr. Milton R. Liverman Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to honor his love of children and education. The scholarship will help graduating seniors from Suffolk Public Schools pay for college.

By Adia White / November 22, 2017
Imagine sending three children to college at the same time. That's the reality the Dyer family of Virginia Beach faced two years ago as triplets Sam, Luke and Abby graduated from high school. All three received renewable scholarships from the Perry and Bunny Morgan Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.

By Adia White / October 9, 2017
In 2017 The Maury Foundation donated $500,000 to the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to establish two permanent Maury Foundation Scholarship funds. The scholarships will be awarded to new Maury graduates starting in 2018. For the first time, recipients will renew scholarships for up to four years of college study.

By Adia White / April 26, 2017
The donation will create two Maury Foundation Scholarship funds, including one named for the late Oscar Ferebee (class of 1936). Both endowed funds will provide scholarships for Maury High School graduates at four-year colleges or universities.