Kindling the flame of education through the generations

For over three decades, the Minor Preston Educational Fund has supported the college education of graduates of the public schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

A Legacy of Education

The Rives C. Minor and Asalie M. Preston Educational Fund was founded thirty-five years ago to honor the exemplary lives and legacies of two African-American educators, father and daughter, who combined taught for over eight decades in the public schools of Albemarle County, most of those years in segregated schools. Their legacy lives on in the work of the Minor Preston Educational Fund, which has supported the college education of nearly 1000 graduates of the public schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The Minor Preston Scholars Program, the Fund’s central initiative since 2015, provides four years of college support that includes financial assistance and an Advisor drawn primarily from the ranks of local educators. The program is unique in our community in that it offers both financial and advising support over multiple years. In this way, the Scholars Program honors the lasting relationship between teacher and student epitomized in the lives of Rives Minor and Asalie Preston.

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The Flame of Education

Circa 1910

My Dear Friend and Teacher.

I regret that I can’t do more for you than to thank you for teaching us our first lessons. I am sure you were not aware when kindling the little flame of education here among us that you were doing a work that was to be so far reaching.

I am your scholar.
Rives C. Minor

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Letter from Rives Minor to Philena Carkin, his teacher at the Jefferson School, Charlottesville's Freedmen's school.

Community Spotlights

Anniversary and Generational Campaign

2018 marks the 35th year that the Minor Preston Educational Fund has provided support for the college education of the youth of our community. The Fund is marking this anniversary by launching the Generational Campaign, an initiative to engage the professional, financial, and volunteer resources of alumni and the broader community to sustain the Fund and kindle the flame of education for generations to come.

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