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About Us


The Bristol Virginia Public Schools Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that shares a vision of enhancing public education in the City of Bristol, Virginia. The foundation promotes private support of student and classroom activities insufficiently funded by tax dollars including:

  • High school senior merit-based and need-based scholarships

  • Creative classroom mini-grants

  • Schoolwide funding for selected academic programs

  • Permanently named endowed scholarships

  • Public school improvement projects approved by the Bristol Virginia School Board

The foundation is committed to holistically serving the Bristol Virginia Public School (BVPS) system as an autonomous support organization with programs at the individual, classroom, school, and system-wide levels.​ The foundation funds its programs through its permanently endowed scholarships, selected special events fundraisers, and a legacy giving program.

Foundation Goals

  • Promoting the lifelong value of education.

  • Providing scholarships to students.

  • Supporting educators through grants & other resources.

  • Supporting all aspects of student life: academic, athletic, arts, career & technical, and pre-school.

  • Providing a permanent endowment that will perpetually support the Bristol Virginia Public Schools.

Board of Directors

Donna Hale, Chair

Virginia Goodson, Vice Chair

Debi Denney, Secretary/Treasurer

Briana Fillers

Bill Hartley

Asia Malone

April Marrone Taylor

Greg Vincill

Dr. Keith Perrigan, Superintendent of Schools

Randy White, School Board Representative                 

Vicie A. Dotson, Executive Director

Brittany Shortt, Deputy Director

      “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

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