Our mission

Our mission is simple. We have made it our life's work to open doors and create opportunities for curious minds. YOU can change lives and revive communities, one donation at a time.

OUR IMPACT

2019

Scholarships Awarded: 75

Degree Programs: 28

WorkForce Training: 47

   Amount Awarded: $40,072.77 

2020

Scholarships Awarded: 48

  Degree Programs: 24

WorkForce Training: 24 

Amount Awarded: $36,825.00

Meet the Team

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Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation’s website. Here, you will be introduced to the Foundation’s leadership, its operational efficiency, and most importantly giving opportunities. We hope you will share our enthusiasm in supporting SVHEF so that we can provide resources for scholarships, facility upgrades, and program funding. As you browse the site, please keep in mind, your generosity ensures that our friends and neighbors excel in Southside Virginia. 

Katrina Powell
Executive Director
Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation

Meet Katrina

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Helping eliminate obstacles one scholarship at a time is what feeds the passion for my job. I am grateful to be a part of a team and community that values growth. What we do, wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for our hometown heros, the donors. 

Sahrash Akram
Associate Director of Philanthropy

Meet Sahrash

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I have a zeal for problem solving! In my career, I have worked for organizations with million dollar budgets and ones with zero, so you can say I know how to be resourceful. I am honored to be a part of a team that has visionary leadership in philanthropy, asset management, and stewardship. 

Angela Yancey
Director of Operations

Meet Angela

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Board of Directors

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation Board of Directors includes community leaders in business and government. They generously volunteer their time and expertise to help advance higher education.

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Monica Edmonds
Chairman 

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Patricia Walker
Vice Chair

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Larry Sneed
Secretary

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Jeff Davis
Treasurer

W.W. Ted Bennett

John Cannon

Ben Davenport

Sterling Edmunds

Jayne Elliott

Ryan Garrett

Jeremy Holt

John Lee Jr.

Linda Owen

Mayor Edward Owens

Darden Smith

Dennis Witt

Ways to Give

We need your help to reach the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s full potential. With your contributions, the Foundation can continue to go beyond expectations.

Bylaws and Financials

We need your help to reach the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s full potential. With your contributions, the Foundation can continue to go beyond expectations.

Contact

434-572-5442

svhefinfo@svhef.org

180 Factory Street
South Boston, Virginia 24592