Stories of Service: Kimberley Martin

Congratulations to Kimberly Martin of Mechanicsville – winner of the 2019 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award for Outstanding Adult Volunteer! Kimberley Martin has made it her mission in life to turn students’ dreams of a college education into reality. In 2002, after experiencing firsthand the financial challenge of paying for tuition and books, she started the KLM Scholarship Foundation. This volunteer-run organization was created to provide much-needed funds for students to attend college, as well as help pay for students’ costly textbooks through its Book Scholarship Program. Her volunteer efforts include recruiting, developing and leading hundreds of volunteers who provide their expertise in fund development and mentoring which sustains and grows this scholarship fund. As a result of her efforts, the fund has awarded more than $264,000 in scholarships, including a record of $42,000 in book scholarships just last year.

In addition to her passion and commitment to the students she supports, Kimberly is employed full-time and is actively involved with a national public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and volunteers and provides board leadership to her alma mater Virginia State University.

Kimberley Martin’s energy, passion and relentless drive has helped make college more affordable for hundreds of talented students. Her unwavering support of the educational goals of these students has helped them build a strong foundation which in turn increases their opportunities for success in their lives, and subsequently their communities.

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