Mary Carter Frackelton
“I want to give deserving students the extra financial help that could make the difference in their ability to go to college.”
As a former teacher, Mary Carter Frackelton has always wanted to do “something extra” for her students who lived in single parent households. “Usually the single parent was a mother or grandmother. Through no fault of their own, these women often worked two or three jobs and simply didn’t have the ability to give their children the time or experiences that would help them achieve in school,” Carter said.
Carter intends the scholarships awarded through The Mary Carter Frackelton Scholarship Fund to support deserving high school seniors with barriers to higher education, particularly those who have been raised by a single mother (or grandmother or aunt). Preference may be given to seniors planning to attend a community college since it offers a more affordable pathway to a four-year degree.
After teaching in Orange and Stafford County Public Schools for 13 years, Carter joined her father in their family business, the Frackelton Block Company. Following Robert Frackelton’s death in 1989, Carter became Managing Partner at the firm. Carter continues to lead the business in a variety of capacities.
Although she had been thinking of establishing a scholarship fund for many years, the death of her friend Kenny Whitescarver in 2012 prompted Carter to contact The Community Foundation. “His untimely death reminded me that it is important to create a fund now, not just someday," she said.