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Educational Success

Educational attainment is a key predictor for future success. MCF invests in strategies proven to have the most influence on students' long-term educational advancement and career preparation including early childhood education, supportive school environments, out-of-school enrichment and positive behavioral developments. For students who do not pursue a traditional path to college, we recognize a need for innovative workforce programs that cultivate job and life skills and provide young people access to career opportunities.

Our Goals:

  • Children enter school ready to learn and receive effective academic and social support throughout their educational experience.
  • Youth are nurtured to become skilled, self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.

Mathews 4-H Camp

Recent Grants

Spring 2018

Mathews County Public Schools -
$16,000 to create a new Community Support Specialist position within the schools to provide dedicated services to students who are challenged by truancy, chronic absenteeism, dropping out, or other at-risk behaviors (substance abuse, bullying, mental health).

$15,000 to bolster the equipment needs in Mathews High School’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, providing hands on training and "real world" learning experiences and opportunities.

$5,000 to support Mathews High School's FIRST Robotics Team, "Rocket Sauce" FRC1137 in state and national competitions.

$3,000 to provide breakfast and lunch, when needed, for children in the schools and to support the Food Closet Program at Mathews High School in partnership with The Continentals Society.

$3,000 to purchase personal protective equipment and other materials for students enrolled in welding or industrial manufacturing through a partnership with Rappahannock Community College.

$2,000 to support a collective community effort to send Thomas Hunter Middle School students to Nature Camp, held each summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

$500 to support the Junior Beta Club members who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the state to go to the National Convention in Savannah, Georgia

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula-Mathews Club - $5,000 to support Project Learn, transforming the entire Club into a learning environment for youth ages 6-18.

Jacob's Ladder, Inc - $4, 225 to provide the opportunity for one Mathews County child to attend the Jacob’s Ladder Summer Residential Enrichment Camp with year-round advocacy through middle school.

The Fairfield Foundation - $1,000 to provide diverse, archaeology-based education and outreach programs in Mathews County, including development and implementation of engaging history/historic preservation programs in schools and for the public.

Mathews County 4-H; Virginia 4-H Foundation - $475 to support a five day camp where youth ages 5-8 in Mathews will learn about valuable life skills, nutrition, creative arts, and more.