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Community Foundation Awards Valley Students, Nonprofits Funding

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Students and nonprofits in Shenandoah Valley are celebrating after winning thousands of dollars in grant money. The Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge held a ceremony Wednesday to present the awards.

The Community Foundation gave away $200,000 in scholarships and grants. Thirty-five high school and college students won scholarships that totaled $50,000. Thirty-two organizations split $150,000 worth of grants.

The Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge focuses on supporting education, arts and cultural efforts in the Shenandoah Valley. Organizers hope to raise awareness about all the services the nonprofits offer the public.

"It was great. It is a lot of fun to be able to give away money. We try to support the arts and culture of our community as well," said Christiana Shields, director of nonprofit services.

About 150 people attended the ceremony in Waynesboro.

Grant recipients include the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Valley Hope Counseling, and the Children's Art Network.

To learn more about the Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge, click here.

Reported by Alana Austin

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