In 1892, Virginia Randolph, a daughter of slave parents, began her teaching career at a one-room school house in Henrico County. She made her mark by improving the school grounds, asking neighbors for help and involving parents. She then tried something new by introducing vocational studies such as cooking and sewing, woodworking and masonry into the academic curriculum. She recognized that if African American youth were to achieve self-sufficiency in a society from which they previously were excluded, they had to be equipped with fundamental skills. She became the first Jeanes Supervisor Industrial Teacher, and her innovative approach became a model throughout the South and in several other countries.
Over the years, Virginia Randolph received awards and recognition for her outstanding services as a pioneer educator, humanitarian and creative leader. In 1954, a group of friends established a foundation in her honor. They established a trust to support a perpetual scholarship for students in Henrico County. In 2008, the trustees of the Foundation terminated the trust into a fund at The Community Foundation, where it became one of more than 50 scholarships available to students throughout Central Virginia.
Today, Virginia Randolph's guidance of our youth continues through students who earn scholarship support. Inspired by her story, these young men and women follow their dreams and endeavor to achieve them through hard work, self-discipline and perseverance. The Community Foundation is pleased to provide stewardship for Virginia Randolph's inspiring legacy.
Go to www.tcfrichmond.org to learn about the 50+ scholarships awarded annually to graduating seniors and adult learners in Central Virginia.
To contact the Foundation:
The Virginia Randolph Foundation, Inc
5901 Pouncey Tract Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059-6605