Scholarship Fund

The Rachel Shelton Terry scholarship is given each year to a deserving student pursuing a degree in the field of education. Rachel dearly loved being in education and fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. She enjoyed many years teaching before facing the most challenging battle of her life – fighting a rare form of cervical cancer. Rachel lost this battle against cancer, but her passion for education goes on in this scholarship fund dedicated to her memory.

The scholarship fund was created to allow Rachel’s legacy in education to continue – it is a way to remember Rachel for all she did for hundreds of children, teachers, parents, and the community.

Rachel was a 1995 graduate of Dan River High School where she was the salutatorian. Because she attended Governor’s School she was able to graduate from Campbell University in three years graduating summa com laude.

From there she went to teach at Union Hall Elementary in Pittsylvania County, VA for three years in the handicapped pre-school class.  She then moved to Southside Elementary teaching Kindergarten, which was her passion, for fifteen years.  She was a devoted teacher and loved every child who stepped into her classroom. Rachel was a dedicated teacher who used innovative and creative strategies to reach each child. She differentiated her instruction before it became the norm. Rachel showed a genuine concern for every student in both academics and in their personal lives. She celebrated their many successes and wiped countless tears when needed. Rachel was a true professional which is evidenced by her continued teaching during radiation and chemotherapy as she battled cancer.

13133347_1392741144085522_5240040804275777230_nThe Rachel Shelton Terry scholarship is given each year to a deserving student going into the field of education, which Rachel dearly loved. The scholarship was created to allow Rachel’s legacy in education to continue.

Please consider donating to the Rachel Shelton Terry Scholarship Fund to help keep Rachel’s dream alive of providing the best possible teachers for our children. Her passion and joy from teaching lived through her actions every day.


To contribute to the fund online, please visit this link.

100% of money collected (less a small fee for the GoFundMe page administration) goes directly to the scholarship fund. You can also donate by going to Virginia Bank & Trust in Danville, VA or mailing a check to the bank (Rachel Shelton Terry Scholarship Fund) and include a note that it is for the scholarship fund. 

Virginia Bank & Trust

Rachel Shelton Terry Scholarship Fund
PO Box 3447
Danville, VA 24543-3447

Phone: (434) 793-6411
Fax: (434) 797-5960

Please note that this is not a tax-deductible donation, but is a scholarship fund in memory of Rachel.

The Little Free Library is in memory of Rachel Shelton Terry.