Berryville, Virginia (November 5, 2019) – The Clarke County Education Foundation announced the renaming of one of its scholarships, the CCHS Performing Arts Scholarship to the Andy Kiser CCHS Performing Arts Scholarship. Mr. Andy Kiser served as a teacher and media specialist at Clarke County Public Schools for over 17 years. During his tenure, he worked as an English teacher at Johnson-Williams Middle School for 13 years and then at Clarke County High School as the media specialist. During that time, he served as the Musical Director and directed 17 Spring musicals.

Unfortunately, in January 2016, Mr. Kiser was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer. While pursuing treatment, on October 28, 2017 he suffered a major stroke a week after cancer surgery. Mr. Kiser will be moving to Florida with his wife this November.

Ed Leach, who established the scholarship in 2010 was thrilled about the renaming of the scholarship in Mr. Kiser’s honor. He said, “renaming it in honor of Mr. Kiser is a wonderful way of acknowledging all of Andy’s hard work in providing the students of Clarke County a quality theatre program that was often recognized as one of the best in the area.”

The Clarke County Education Foundation, established in 1991, is an independent public charity dedicated to promoting, expanding, and augmenting the educational opportunities for students and staff in the Clarke County Public Schools, by generating private support and involvement to enhance these publicly-maintained services. The CCEF has provided more than $2.8 million in student scholarships, teacher grants, system demonstration grants, and donor-defined projects through a combination of fund-raising and endowment income since its inception. For more information visit

For more information regarding the Andy Kiser CCHS Performing Arts Scholarship, how to donate or information regarding the CCEF, please contact Beth Williams, Clarke County Education Foundation Executive Director, at 540-955-6103 or

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