Pediatrician Alfred "Buzzy" Schulwolf, M.D. was nearing retirement in 2003 when he started reflecting on the generosity bestowed upon him nearly 50 years before by a stranger. That led to him creating a scholarship fund to help students who remind him of himself. Buzzy attended medical school at the University of Virginia on a Florence Smith Scholarship from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. His scholarship from 1954 to 1958 came from a bequest from Florence Smith, daughter of a Norfolk physician.
Buzzy returned to his hometown of Norfolk where he treated children for 43 years. After making $500 gifts of appreciation to the community foundation with in 2011 he used a $25,000 transfer from his Individual Retirement Account to start a scholarship fund to help future physicians. It is named for him and his late wife Helen.
"I regard myself as a charitable person," Schulwolf says. "But it struck me that I never had the opportunity before to give to a charity that had directly benefited me."
Hear how his Smith Scholarship helped Buzzy in his own words
Jennifer Mooney Greene taught English at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. She founded her school's Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, which equips students from lower-income families to be the first in their families to go to college. The scholarship that bears her name is for lower-income Virginia Beach students with limited history of college attendance in their families or for AVID students with a preference for those from Green Run.
Virginia Beach's Sandbridge beachfront region is the adopted home of retired veterinarian John Settle and his wife Audrey, a retired Philip Morris USA executive. The couple moved in 2003 from Richmond to their favorite vacation spot and embraced their new community as full-time residents, volunteers and philanthropists.
At the Hampton Roads Community Foundation they are charter members of the Community Leadership Partners active philanthropy group. They arranged for a future bequest to start a fund, and in 2013 accelerated their plans by starting the Dixon-Settle Fund for Women, a field-of-interest fund, that pays tribute to Audrey's mother Eddythe Dixon, who worked with women's issues and ran a job training center in Detroit.
The couple started a current fund after their attorney suggested doing that "while we are alive so we can see the good we are doing," Audrey says.
Margot Barnhardt fondly recalls the 30 years she lived in Hampton Roads. She grew up in Pittsburgh, lived in various cities and retired to North Carolina but partnered with the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to create four permanent, endowed funds to benefit the region she calls home.
"I like what you do and that you cover a broad area," says Margot, a retired nurse. "There is nothing to compare with that."
In 2004 Margot surprised the community foundation staff when she popped by to deliver a $10,000 check. After she did the same the following year, a conversation with staff members convinced her to start her own endowed fund. She did that in 2005 by donating enough to create the unrestricted E.C. Barnhardt III Memorial Fund in memory of her husband and the Virginia Dietrich Williams Fund for Women and Children, a field-of-interest fund that honors her friend from Norfolk.
In 2013 Margot started two more funds in memory of two of her children. The Diane Reilly Hartzog Memorial Scholarship Fund helps send to college students interested in library science or English -- fields Hartzog studied. The William Thomas Reilly III Fund is a field-of-interest fund that provides grants to environmental organizations her son would be pleased to support.
"I like sharing what I have with others," Margot says. "It's fun."
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