ALEXANDRIA, VA – In an Oct. 17 email, Kevin Jahns, the chairman of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria Board of Trustees, announced the departure of the Scholarship Fund’s (SFA) longtime executive director, Beth Lovain. Jasmine Milone, a 1985 graduate of T.C. Williams High School, has been selected to replace Lovain, effective immediately.
“Over the last nine years, Beth has played a critical role in the success of the organization and in that of the Alexandria City High School students we support,” Jahns wrote. “Under her leadership, the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria has realized an increase in the number of donors and the amount of funds we’ve raised.
“As a result, the student population has directly benefited from enhanced student support programs and an increase in the number of scholarships awarded. We appreciate Beth’s service to SFA and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.”
No reason was given for Lovain’s departure.
Milone has served as the organization’s assistant executive director since 2020. Before joining SFA, she worked as the executive director at the Washington Street United Methodist Church Preschool.
“I am honored and thrilled to serve in this role. I’m excited to assist our Titans with their post-secondary goals in partnership with our supportive and generous Alexandria community. This is truly a privilege and one I don’t take for granted,” Milone wrote in a statement.
The email also welcomed the new SFA staff members. They are Michelle Gleeson, Deputy Executive Director; Cassandra Johnson, Director of Communications; Christine Miller, Director of College Advising; Anayxia Rodriguez, College Adviser; and Alyssa Samuel, Director of Scholarship Programming.
Returning staff include Albie Dickson, Relationship & Event Manager; Rosie Wiedemer, Relationship & Event Manager; and Sarah Zapolsky, Special Projects Manager.
Since its founding in 1986, the nonprofit has awarded roughly $18 million in scholarships to help high school graduates in need realize their dream of attending college. This year, thanks to the SFA, 205 recipents are studying at more than 53 different schools across the country.
This article has been updated.