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About Us

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Kayla Solsbak, a sophomore majoring in journalism at the University of Richmond, is the recipient of the Virginia Press Women Foundation's 2016 Agnes Cooke Scholarship.

The Virginia Press Women Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation with the purpose of administering and raising funds for college scholarships. We're affiliated with Virginia Professional Communicators. The VPW Foundation offers an annual scholarship to a deserving Virginia college student who's interested in pursuing a career in communications.

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How to Donate

The foundation's legal nonprofit status means that when you donate to the foundation, your gift is fully tax deductible. Please consider a gift to our capital campaign, A Foundation for the Future: Investing in Excellence in Communication. Use this pledge form: doc | pdf.

You can also support our scholarship endowment in other ways, from making a stock donation that could be tax-free and tax-deductible to you, to including the Foundation in your estate planning. Review our bequest language and additional suggestions: doc | pdf

Our History

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Virginia Professional Communicators was founded in 1958 as Virginia Press Women and is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. The annual scholarship is named in honor of Agnes Cooke of Kinsale, Va., who was a charter member of VPW and served as president from 1964 to 1966. She was well known in the Northern Neck of Virginia for the columns she wrote for 25 years chronicling the everyday events in her community. VPW created the foundation that now administers the scholarships in 1992.


Board Members

The foundation's business is conducted by an elected board of members:


Our Affiliations:

Virginia Professional Communicators

National Federation of Press Women


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Invest in the Future!

We're in the middle of a capital campaign to benefit our scholarship program. "A Foundation for the Future: Investing in Excellence in Communications" seeks to raise $25,000 for our scholarship fund. We want to create a sustainable program that can continue to raise money and award scholarships to deserving college or graduate students. Help us meet our goal!