Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dawbarn Awards Announced

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is now accepting nominations for the 17th Annual Dawbarn Awards through October 1, 2010. The Dawbarn Awards were created to reward individuals in the region who work to improve public education by demonstrating a strong commitment to inspiring an "education" ethic, encouraging good citizenship, and fostering learning among young people in the public schools of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County. Because of the negative effect of the teenage pregnancy rate in the region, recipients of these awards can also be individuals who, by effective mentoring and training, have encouraged young women to remain and succeed in school. Nominees are not limited to teachers, but may be any individual who works to improve the education of our public school children including guidance counselors, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, school volunteers, tutors and community leaders.

This year, ten Dawbarn Award winners will be selected and the individuals honored will receive a cash award of at least $8,000. Individuals may be nominated and receive awards in consecutive years, but may not receive more than one award each year. A regional selection committee will review all nominations and will identify those individuals most deserving of recognition.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Community Foundation at and are available to anyone. For additional information, contact the Coummunity Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge at (540) 213-2150 or Christiana Shields at


  1. Where did the name "Dawbarn" come from? My wife is a Dawbarn and there are scant few left in the US.. most are related... just curious...

    cheers, Jake

  2. H. Dunlop "Buz" Dawbarn was a local philanthropist, who established the awards in 1992.