About The Foundation

The Martha Mason Hill Memorial Foundation (MMHMF) is a public, charitable organization. MMHMF was incorporated in 1999 and is exempt from federal tax under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 (C) (3).

VISION                                                                                                                                  Our vision is to encourage, support and sustain educational excellence for students in Chesterfield County.

To carry on the legacy and spirit of the late Martha Mason Hill by providing academic scholarships to high school students, and conducting community outreach programs that create college awareness and encourage students to attend college. Currently the focus is on helping underrepresented minority students in Chesterfield County, Virginia, where she lived.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that meets biannually in May and September. Meetings are open to the public. The Board oversees six standing committees:

  • Executive (Foundation officers)
  • Scholarship
  • Annual Awards Program
  • Outreach Projects 
  • Finance
  • Hospitality


SCHOLARSHIPS  - Currently three scholarships are available to promising college-bound students who graduate from Chesterfield County, VA high schools.

OUTREACH ACTIVITIES - For nearly 20 years the Martha Mason Hill Memorial Foundation (MMHMF) has been dedicated to promoting higher education by supporting the local schools in Southern Chesterfield County.  Members understand that the key to success is education and that it is the responsibility of citizens to help all children receive a quality education.  Through the many outreach activities, projects, and scholarships, steps have been taken to ensure that area children take advantage of every opportunity to achieve academically.

 The outreach committee continues to work diligently to identify areas where foundation services can be most effective in providing the support students and schools needs.  The outreach committee implements several projects each school year focused on four schools, Ettrick Elementary, Harrowgate Elementary, Matoaca Middle, and Matoaca High Schools.  We also provided services to the before and after school tutorial program held at the Children’s Home of Virginia Baptists. The majority of our students receive federally subsidize free/reduced lunches. Back to School Project:  Yearly, Ettrick and Harrowgate Elementary schools and the before and after school tutorial program each recieve several boxes of school supplies that are donated by foundation members, churches and friends of the foundation.  Uniong Grove Baptist Missionary Ministry donateds funds to purchase items.  School supplies may also receive supplies at mid-school year.  Projects to Encourage Reading:   1) Foundation members and community volunteers participate in a monthly senior reading program at Harrowgate Elementary School.  Each student is given a copy of the books read.  The objective of this activity is to motivate children to read and encourage them to build a home library. 2) At the end of the school year several hundred books are secured from a book bank for students at Ettrick and Harrowgate Elementary for summer reading.  Each student is also given a personalized pencil or bookmark.  3).Matoaca Middle School has receives donations ($500 last year) to purchase copies of the book selected for their school-wide reading program each year.  Everyone in the school participates.  “Wonder” was the 2017-18 book read and discussed.  Assist When Asked For Help by Schools and Education-Oriented Organizations  - Examples of donations include 1) items for a classrooms such as computers, printers, kits for special projects; 2) supplies of snacks and other items for students who come to school without them;  3) breakfast and after school snacks for children in the tutorial program at the Children Home of Virginia Baptists; 4) outside performing gtoups are sponsored in schools; 5) funding student field trips; 6) rewards for student accomplishments.

    Care Packages to College Students -Boxes filled with a variety of perishable           and non-perishable items and notes of encouragement are sent to students       in February every year.

    Seniors Awards Breakfast at Matoaca High School -  The breakfast prepared        and sponsored by Caterer and MMHMF Board member, Garrett Mason.                Committee and other foundation members assist with breakfast and present      certificates to MMHMF scholarship recipients during the program. 

    College Campus Tours for Middle School Students - Matoaca Middle                      School students visited the campuses of Virginia State University and Richard      Bland College.  Funding for the trips are provided by the Foundation and a          grant from Ettrick Neighborhood and Business Foundation. 


EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS GIVEN ANNUALLY - Service awards are given to individuals who exemplify the ideals of MMHMF, going “over and beyond the call of duty” to help young people succeed.  The 2004 award was presented to Oliver W. Hill in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown Vs. Board of Education; and the 2010 Annual Awards Program Guest Speaker, The Honorable Judge Roger L. Gregory, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, received the 2010 award. 

The annual newsletter is published every September and reports on the activities and accomplishments of the Foundation.

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