The board of directors of the Charlottesville Scholarship Program recently honored one of its founding members, Dr. Russell Linden. Linden, who is retiring from the board, was recognized for more than ten years of dedication to the board, its mission and its scholars.
Linden was one of the community leaders, who in 1999 brought to the attention of the Charlottesville City Council, the critical need for scholarship assistance for the city’s low- and moderate-income students. At that time, the city was considering the best use of a budget surplus. Through his efforts, more than 50 students would ultimately realize their dream of a college education.
To recognize his vision and dedication, the Charlottesville Scholarship Program board of directors voted unanimously to name, in perpetuity, the program’s prestigious Promise Award in his honor. The award was created to honor individuals who have demonstrated compassion and commitment to creating opportunities to help build bright futures for Charlottesville’s students. The award is presented during the organization’s annual Charlottesville’s Promise Gala.