Hudson Family Scholarship

Hudson Family Scholarship

Long-time educators and retired Southwest Virginia Community College employees, Dr. Richard and Karen Hudson recently endowed a $25,000 scholarship in the Hudson Family name at Southwest Virginia Community College. Dr. Richard Hudson, served as Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services at SWCC for 30 years and his wife Karen was the Director of SWCC’s Upward Bound Program for more than 25 years.

The Hudson’s continue to be very active in their communities, especially in doing charity work with children. They were the founders of Mountain Kids Incorporated, a non-profit organization with a mission of improving the lives of kids in and around Tazewell County.  They operate on a small budget and have after school programs at Abbs Valley Elementary and offer summer camp programming at Clinch River Farms. The farm has hosted Tazewell Foster Children, Scouts, Churches, Weddings and an Orphanage.   In addition, they run several summer camps each year with the help of their daughters and an after-school program through Attitude Arts Academy, a new non-profit they are helping to create.  Currently they have a new Arts Center facility under construction next to Richlands Elementary.

The Hudson Family Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving Upward Bound student would plans to attend SWCC after graduating from high school. Qualifying students must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, have an 80% attendance rate with an Upward Bound Program, meet certain financial eligibility, and have a recommendation from their Upward Bound Instructor or Principal.

“We love this community and the children who are our future.  God gets all the credit.  We have worked hard and invested smartly.  Our best investment is giving back resources that will far outlive us,” said Dr. Richard Hudson.

Executive Director of the SWCC Educational Foundation, Susan R. Lowe, says “We are both humbled and pleased that Dr. and Mrs. Hudson made the important decision to endow a scholarship to assist Upward Bound students who attend SWCC.  By endowing this scholarship, their vision and generosity will serve students who have financial need for decades to come.”

For more information on how to establish a Scholarship at SWCC, please contact Susan Lowe at 276.964.7304 or