CCEF announces changes to Friant Family funds

The Clarke County Education Foundation (CCEF) is proud to announce exciting updates relating to two Friant family funds held by the CCEF.

First, in honor of John Friant, Sr.’s passing this past year, the CCEF Board of Directors have voted to modify the name of the “Dictionary Fund” to the “John Friant, Sr. Dictionary Fund”.

The Dictionary Project came to fruition as a collaborative effort between the CCEF, the Clarke County Library Council and the Clarke County Public Schools in 2004 under the leadership of John Friant, Sr.

Over the past 7 years, over 1,400 dictionaries have been provided to 3rd graders in the Clarke County Public Schools, Powhatan, Grafton, Keystone Baptist and home-schooled students.

Secondly, recent gifts from the John Friant, Sr. family have endowed the Nancy L. Friant Performing Arts Scholarship. This scholarship was initially established as a temporary scholarship in 2005 upon Nancy’s passing which annually awarded two $500 scholarships to recipients that have shown excellence and leadership in band, chorus or theatre.

This endowed status will ensure that Nancy Friant’s love of both the Clarke County Public Schools and the performing arts will benefit graduating seniors in perpetuity.

Mary Veilleux, daughter of John, Sr. and Nancy Friant shares, “It is an honor to continue the Friant tradition of supporting education and scholarships through the Clarke County Education Foundation, by endowing the “John Friant, Sr. Dictionary Fund" and the “Nancy L Friant Performing Arts Scholarship.” Both of our parents were contributors to education and to the community and these endowed funds help continue that legacy.”