Taylor and Phyllis Grasty Medical Scholarship Fund
The Taylor and Phyllis Grasty Medical Scholarship Fund (Formerly the PTG Medical Scholarship Fund) was established in 2013 in memory of Phyllis Manley Grasty and her husband, Taylor Pierce Grasty. The Grastys were long-time Gordonsville residents and members of Christ Church in Gordonsville.
Mrs. Grasty was active in the Episcopal Church Women and the Altar Guild. She belonged to the Keswick Garden Club and was an avid gardener. She was also a Whipper-In for the Somerset Bassets. Before his death in 1993, Mr. Grasty was the retired president of Grasty Pallet, Inc. of Orange and served as a vestryman and trustee of Christ Church.
The Taylor and Phyllis Grasty Medical Scholarship Fund was established through a memorial gift of $246,000 from Mrs. Grasty’s estate following her passing in February, 2013. Prior to her death, Mrs. Grasty supported the Orange County Education Foundation anonymously through the PTG Medical Scholarship, which awarded over 60 scholarships totaling over $56,000 from 2004 to 2012.
“She was always eager to help and donate,” Dale Hawley, a friend of the family, told the Orange County Review in July of 2013. “She’s left quite a local legacy [through her donations].
”In July of 2013, Gibson Auction hosted a two-day estate auction of Mrs. Grasty’s belongings, benefiting the newly created memorial scholarship fund. It raised approximately $45,000, according to the Orange County Review. The total earnings on the fund are to be distributed each year for scholarships. At a five percent return, it is estimated that approximately $12,000 in scholarships may be available for several fortunate Orange County high school graduates each year.
The income from the fund provides annual scholarships to graduates of Orange County Public Schools who are pursuing a professional education in order to become a nurse, medical doctor, veterinarian or dentist and are enrolled in such a program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Awards are based on academic performance, involvement in extra-curricular and public service activities, and financial need. Scholarships are reviewed annually to certify that recipients are maintaining their commitment to their pursuit of becoming a physician, nurse, veterinarian or dentist.
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The Taylor and Phyllis Grasty Medical Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Marissa Brizzolara by Penny Work, an OCE Board member. “I was surprised in the best way when I heard them call my name,” said Brizzolara. “This scholarship made my Senior Night even more special. It is great to be recognized by someone who
shares my interest in medicine. This scholarship will help cover my tuition at James Madison University where I plan to study nursing. Senior Night was made even more special for me because, Ms. Work presented the scholarship to me. She was the Head of School when I was in elementary school at Grymes. It was great to see her.”
Abigail Foster, pictured with OCEF Board member Sam Kessler, received the Taylor and Phyllis Grasty Medical Scholarship. Abigail plans to attend Radford University. When asked how she felt about winning the award she responded, “When I heard my named called, it took my breath away. I wasn’t expecting anything. I was so surprised. I was just grinning from ear to ear when I went up to receive the scholarship. I am overjoyed. So are my parents. We are so grateful for this honor and opportunity.”