The Salem Education Foundation honored seven local students and two teachers of the year Monday night, awarding more than $15,000 in scholarships.

The foundation – formed in December 1999 by the Salem Ruritan Club with an initial donation from C.F. Yates for $3,000 – is constantly looking for donations or students to help with scholarships and endowments. Over 20 years the foundation has paid out $251,374.26 through scholarships for students from Culpeper County and Rappahannock County.

The SEF has awarded $152,450.70 in scholarships through 2018, with another $75,000 paid out for the Phoenix Fund – a scholarship used to send two students through college.

This year, Culpeper County Public School teacher of the year Nicole Harmon, an

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