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The J.T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) private foundation, was established in 2007 through the generosity of its sole benefactor, James T. Emerson, deceased. The Trust provides higher educational scholarships to students and makes charitable grants to tax-exempt organizations. Please read the biographical stories about Mr. Emerson and Minnie Maude to understand why the trustees and staff are committed to the Trust’s mission and vision.

MISSION

Following the directions of its sole benefactor, James Thomas Emerson, deceased, the J.T.- Minnie Maude Charitable Trust provides higher education scholarships to increase career opportunities for regional students and grants to tax-exempt organizations to improve the quality of life for residents of Danville/Pittsylvania County.

VISION

The J.T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust serves as a perpetual financial resource to area students and tax-exempt organizations allowing our community and its residents to compete and succeed.

IMPACT

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  • 8th Grade
  • 9th Grade
  • 10th Grade
  • 11th Grade
  • 12th Grade
  • Post High School

Important 8th Grade Activities

  • Consider High School Course Options

    As you register for 9th grade courses, talk with your school counselor about options such as honors, AP, Dual Enrollment, and Governor’s School.

  • Learn about Your Career Interests

    Take a career assessment to learn about yourself and careers that might be a good fit.

Important 9th Grade Activities

  • Check College Entrance Requirements

    Make sure you're on track to meet the course and grade point average requirements for college admission. Ninth grade is when you start building your transcript with courses and grades that colleges consider.

  • Discover College Preparation Opportunities for Summer

    Participate in opportunities such as camps, classes, or volunteering to help you prepare for college.

Important 10th Grade Activities

  • Research College Options

    Research two- and four-year colleges that match your career interests. Plan your college visits.

  • Learn about College Entrance Tests

    Check out college entrance requirements as well as tools to help you prepare for the ACT and SAT.

Important 11th Grade Activities

  • Explore FAFSA Website

    Familiarize yourself so you will be ready to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) next October.

  • Register for College Entrance Tests

    Register for ACT or SAT for admission. Take the PSAT in your junior year if you want to participate in the National Merit Scholarship program.

  • Complete a Practice Application for Admission

    Complete a practice application for admission to familiarize with what an actual application is like. Research how to order an official transcript from your school.

Important 12th Grade Activities

  • Complete Your FAFSA

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after it becomes available October 1.

  • Apply to One or More Colleges

  • Apply for a J.T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust Traditional Scholarship

    and seek out other scholarship opportunities.

Important Post High School Activities
  • Match Your Career Goals to Educational Opportunities

  • Complete Your FAFSA

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) soon after it becomes available October 1.

  • Apply to One or More Colleges

  • Apply for a J.T. – Minnie Maude Charitable Trust Traditional or Non-Traditional Scholarship

    and seek out other scholarship opportunities.

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