MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – A small group of retired educators is coming together to honor a friend and former colleague to died earlier this year from COVID-19.

Amy Thompson Ferguson taught sixth and seventh grade at Carver Middle School and Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School.

Since her death, a group of her fellow educators, Kathy Thacker, Cindy Boyles, Amberlyn Sordelett, and Sybill Landreth, developed a scholarship that will be awarded to a student who is planning to pursue a college degree in either math or art – two subjects that were close to Ferguson’s heart.

“Not only were we all teaching colleagues, but we also became close friends. Amy had that effect on people and students alike. She wrapped you up in her love and caring.”

Sybill Landreth

The scholarship has been launched with a $250 donation by Ferguson’s colleagues and friends who hope to raise at least $2,500, though they’re aiming high as they hope to endow the scholarship which would require $25,000.

To raise the funds, Landreth says they are asking anyone who knew Ferguson or whose child was taught by her to spread the word about the scholarship.

The Patrick & Henry Community College (P&HCC) Foundation is accepting donations for the Amy Thompson Ferguson Art and Math Scholarship which can be made online by clicking here or by cash or check to the Patrick & Henry Community College Foundation.

While she was a math teacher, Ferguson also raised two girls who are now teaching art in Richmond.