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Managed by Podium RVA, The Pedestal Fund addresses Richmond's college equity gap through endowed scholarships, now offering multi- year, need- and merit-based scholarships to deserving high school seniors.

Starting in 2020, support for the Pedestal Fund has doubled since its creation. Because of the incredible collaboration of many caring community members, the inaugural application for Pedestal Fund scholarships will be distributed January 2022 with winner announcements and recognition in June.

In its first year, The Pedestal Fund will distribute three to four $5,000 scholarships via the Anne F. Waldruff Excellence in Education Scholarship. Podium program graduates are currently working to create an Alumni Scholarship.

Will you be part of building a well-prepared and educated workforce across Greater Richmond by providing critical funding for college?

Why now?


  • Low income students cannot afford 95% of colleges
  • State support is down; tuition is up. Families are in debt.
  • More than 50% of college students who drop out do so for financial reasons.
  • 100% of Podium high schoolers pass their 11th grade SOLs and graduate on time.

They deserve more.


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How to Get Involved


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Contribute to scholarship funds already managed by The Pedestal Fund or create your own. Interested in discussing a planned gift to The Pedestal Fund? Please contact Podium RVA's Co-Founders and Pedestal Fund Co-Chairs,

Lindy Bumgarner at 804.921.2328 or David L. Robbins at 804.614.6811


I'm interested!