Radford, Virginia-based financial advisor George Abie Williams has led multiple civic activities throughout his career. Since the mid-1980s, he has served as the founder and chairman of the Radford High School (RHS) Foundation. Major initiatives George Abie Williams has led include construction of the James P. King Center in 1999 and a state-of-the-art municipal baseball facility in 2005.
In December of 2012, the RHS Foundation announced a gift of nearly $13,500 to Radford City Schools within the Fall Cash Grants and Awards program. The funds were disbursed as part of the “Campaign for Continuing Excellence,” which has been in existence for more than two decades and supports the local high school, two elementary schools and one intermediate school within the community of 15,000. From 1986 to 2012, the Foundation awarded $376,000 in the form of scholarships and grants through dozens of distinct funds. Many of the awards went to Radford City school teachers who submitted innovative ideas for classroom projects. Particularly within the context of a weak overall economy, the $32,623 in grants and scholarships awarded in 2012 provided a much-needed impetus for sustained educational excellence.