Charles H. “Charley” Lauck, Jr. grew up in Lexington and was an alumnus of Lexington High School, Washington and Lee, and the University of Virginia and was a native Virginian. He began his teaching career elsewhere in Virginia, but his love for Lexington and Rockbridge County motivated him return to the area in 1967. Mr. Lauck was an avid runner and coach throughout his teaching career, and he started and coached the boys and girls cross country programs at Lexington High School. Upon his retirement from teaching, he continued to coach track and cross country at VMI.
Charley was a man of religious conviction and moral character, a serious student, and an excellent athlete. Throughout his career, his mission was to help ingrain such qualities in the students under his care. He believed that students who strive for these elements of character are distinguished and to be commended. It is for this reason that his family has established this scholarship to honor his memory. The recipient of the Charles H. Lauck Jr. Scholarship will possesses these qualities.
Purpose and Eligibility Criteria:
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating RCHS senior who intends to enroll in a post-secondary institution for the following academic year. The following qualifications will be considered in the selection process:
- a demonstration of high moral values, concern for others, and involvement in the school and community;
- a demonstrated ability to balance an academic, athletic, and community-oriented career while in high school;
- a student who has attended Rockbridge County High School for all four years; and
- Financial need and work ethic (will be considered but will not weigh as equally as the other qualifications).
Completed applications must be submitted to the guidance office by the respective deadline each year. The application will also include:
- Recommendation from any academic teacher who has taught the student
- Recommendation from any athletic coach who has coached the student
- Recommendation from any guidance counselor who has counseled the student
- Statement from applicant providing information on their educational and occupational plans and why they have chosen them, their financial need and work history, if any, and why they think they are qualified to receive this scholarship (one page maximum).