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Ronald V. Dolan Citizenship Award

The Bank of the James/Ronald V. Dolan Citizenship Award was started in 2006 in memory of one of its founding board members, Ron Dolan. Ron was an accomplished businessman and exemplified good citizenship in everything he did. We honor his memory by asking local schools to select a student who has demonstrated the characteristics that Ron personified.

The award is not a scholarship program. It is an award given to a student from each of the Region 2000 area high schools who possesses the qualities of integrity, trustworthiness and loyalty. Administration and faculty from each of the high schools select their own student to receive this award and then submits the name of their chosen recipient to the bank. The bank is not part of the selection process as the principals, teachers, and guidance counselors know their students and what they have contributed back to the community during their high school years. This award is not based on academic or athletic achievement, but community service and citizenship qualities.

The nominee must be:
  • A Senior attending who has met all qualifications for graduation.
  • Selected by the school’s principal and faculty as having characteristics which make the student stand out among other students at the school.
  • A student who has demonstrated outstanding citizenship qualities that show loyalty, trustworthiness, integrity and a genuine concern for the well-being of others.

Since 2006, over 250 students have been recipients of the Bank of the James/Ronald V. Dolan Awards.


2023 Recipients

  • Cidney Lynn Jennings – Altavista Combined School
  • Mary-Caroline Lucille Cockerham – Amherst County High School
  • Kayla Michelle Elliott – Appomattox County High School
  • Natalie Marie Hudson – Brookville High School
  • Nellie Grace Fitzgerald – EC Glass High School
  • Ayanni Jamisha Vincent – Heritage High School
  • Samuel Morgan Gillespie- Jefferson Forest High School
  • Tristan James Strathy – Liberty Christian Academy
  • Emma Elizabeth Kimberlin – Liberty High School
  • Matthew Ashley Drumheller – Nelson County High School
  • Elizabeth Claire Matney – New Covenant Schools
  • Zayd Martin Freedom Pritchett – New Vistas School
  • Michael Edward Osal – Rustburg High School
  • Bailey Davis Vann – Staunton River High School
  • Morgan Elise Allen – Temple Christian School
  • Amory Elizabeth Davis – Timberlake Christian School
  • Joseph Marc Staggers – Virginia Episcopal School
  • Tristin Michael Herald – William Campbell Combined School