The Kilby Family Endowed Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to descendants* of persons enslaved in Culpeper, Rappahannock and Madison counties, Virginia, prior to the end of the Civil War in 1865.  Preference shall be given to descendants of persons enslaved by John Kilby of Culpeper County, Virginia (1715 - 1772), and by his lineal descendants who were enslavers.  This endowment was established to honor these enslaved persons and their descendants in recognition of their strength and resilience and to contribute to making amends for their mistreatment. The scholarship(s) shall support tuition for persons meeting these criteria to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in pursuit of an Associates or Bachelor's degree or technical professional degree.

*Additional information about eligibility and proof of lineal descent can be found at:

Janet "Phoebe" Kilby, Donor

*Click the image to view Phoebe's story

Scholarship Amount

$2,000 (up to 3 scholarships are available)


The application period for 2019 is closed. Please check back in January 2020 for information about the next application cycle.