Every time I see Virginia Tech’s Coach Bud Foster, I shake his hand and say “thank you.”
Sure, I’m a Hokies fan, but I’m not thanking Coach Foster for his outstanding success as the defensive coordinator for the Virginia Tech Hokies for the past 29 seasons. Instead, I’m thanking him for what he has done to help local high school students in our community pay for part of their education.
Several years ago, in a desire to give back to the community, Coach Foster established the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation (LPDF), a non-profit organization named for his famed “lunch pail” work ethic.
I served on the LPDF scholarship review committee for two years and read applications from kids in need of help to pay for college. I was honored to be part of the team awarding scholarships.
According the foundation’s web site, LPDF has awarded twenty-three scholarships for a total of $47,500 to students from eleven different high schools in the New River and Roanoke Valley areas: Auburn, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Radford, William Fleming, Giles, East Montgomery, Salem, William Byrd, Northside, George Wythe and the SWVA Governor’s School.
The Hokies iconic black lunch pail bears the letters “W I N” and while it’s easy to associate winning with football, the play on words is much more than that. For Coach Foster the letters mean “What’s Important Now” and helping college-bound teens further their education is a definitely an important win for the students.
The Lunch Pail Defense Scholarship is open to students from the New River and Roanoke Valley areas. According to Coach Foster, the deadline to apply is March 15, 2016.
To learn more about the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation, visit their web site at lunchpaildefense.com.
Note: the picture above was taken at the Coaches Welcome Breakfast hosted by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce in Blacksburg, Va. on on January 8, 2016.