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.