Ossie S. and Thomas F. Blair, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Committee:
Robert Blair (Co-Chair)
Ossie S. and Thomas F. Blair, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award Committee:
David Blair, Pearl Blair Harrell, Lisa McLaughlin and Susan Blair Lawhorne
2016 Ossie S. and Thomas F. Blair Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Campaign:
The Ossie S. and Thomas F. Blair Memorial Scholarship (Blair Memorial Scholarship) was inspired and created by Tom and Ossie’s son James M. Blair. James recruited his brother David and his wife Patti to develop the welcome page for the BMS (see Home page). James recruited Ron Pier to create and maintain the website, with compliments of Ron. James spearheaded the Committee’s 2015 efforts to raise funds in the success attempt to ensure that the Ossie S. and Thomas F. Blair, Jr. Memorial Scholarship's endowment received sufficient pledges and cash donations in 2015 and 2016 so that Blair Memorial Scholarships is on the road to being able to award annually in perpetuity to honor the life and legacy of two individuals who were dedicated to their children and who pushed them to receive an excellent formal education. The Scholarships which bear their names will give worthy individuals a helping hand towards their higher education needs.
The Committee has been successful to date and was able to award June 2016 an inaugural Blair Scholarship of $5,000. The Scholarship Endowment cash balance at January 12, 2017 is approximately $265,000, taking in account the Suffolk Foundation annual fees, the Foundation's independent investment advisor's fees and the outstanding, combined cash contributed, the amount is approximately $285,000. Applications for applicants for the second annual Blair Scholarship award will go out February 2017 in order to award a possible $5,000 Scholarship June 2017. Scholarships will only be paid out of the earnings on the endowment.
Please visit the Pledges/Contributions page to see the generous contributors to this worthy cause before making as large a tax-deductible contribution as you can to the Committee's 2017 effort as follows:
Checks made payable to:
The Suffolk Foundation
Memo Section: Ossie S. & Thomas F. Blair, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Ossie S. & Thomas F. Blair, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
c/o Ron Pier
303 Katherine St.
Suffolk, VA 23434