The Minor Preston Educational Fund was endowed by Asalie M. Preston in 1982 as a Charlottesville-based charitable trust dedicated to the support of public school students in the Charlottesville-Albemarle community.
Recipient Profile

Angel Martinez

Angel Martinez was 12 years old when his baby sister was born four months premature. So tiny she would’ve fit in the palm of his hand, baby Dilia was kept in isolation and wouldn’t know her brother’s touch for two months. Today, Dilia is a happy 9-year-old, with few traces of those trying months, and Martinez credits her with shaping his own life. “Seeing the struggle my sister went through just to be alive was not just inspiring, but a driving force today,” he said. “That’s when I decided I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to know what was going on with her.”

  • College: UC Santa Cruz
  • High School: CHS Class of 2011
  • Graduation Date: 2011
Angel Martinez
“My sister's struggle was the driving force behind my decision to become a doctor. ”
Important Dates
Completed applications must be submitted byMarch 15
Awards are determined inApril
Award letters are sent to selected recipients inMay
Award acceptance letters must be submitted byJune 15
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Materials from Current Scholarship Recipients Seeking to Renew, Due March 1
Current scholarship recipients are reminded that the following materials necessary for requesting a renewal of their award are due March 2: (1) a one-page statement of progress in school; (2) a completed financial statement; (3) a certified transcript with grades through Fall 2009 semester; and (4) a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or teaching assistant. Please refer to your 2009-2010 award packet for complete instructions on the renewal process and a copy of the financial statement.


Applications for 2010-2011 Scholarships Due March 15
All graduating seniors in the public high schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County meeting the criteria set out in the ‘Scholarship Program’ section of this website are encouraged to apply for a scholarship for their college education. Please see the guidance department or scholarship coordinator at your school for an application. A completed application must be submitted to your school, which will review and forward it to the Minor Preston Fund by the March 15 deadline.

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