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What We Do

Erin Peterson was one of the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy on April 16, 2007.  Majoring in International Studies, she wanted to learn about other cultures, help the less fortunate around the world and in her community by creating or working for a non-profit. She believed that a good education was the way to accomplish her heart’s desire. The Erin Peterson Fund (EPF) was established May 9, 2007, because of gifts and monetary donations from all over the United States.  The Fund, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, continues Erin’s legacy to work to change the lives of young people and help those less fortunate. Since its inception EPF has given away numerous scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $4,000.

Our Programs and Mission

Westfield High School and Stone Middle School Young Men's Leadership Group (YMLG)

Established in 2007 to help the school with their at-risk male population.  We focus on developing strong, civically engaged, young men who become role models for their communities.   The program also provides academic enrichment, character development and community engagement opportunities.  The outcome has produced college and workforce bound students who value education, and strong character.


2019 Winner of the Fairfax County Public Schools Team Excellence Award in Student Achievement

Westfield High School and Stone Middle School Girls Reaching for Academic & Culture Excellence (GRACE)

Girls Reaching for Academic & Culture Excellence (GRACE) was established in 2015.  GRACE is an organization dedicated to cultivating academic achievement and cultural awareness in young women.  Our goal is to enrich and empower the lives of young women as they make the transition from middle to high and beyond.  The mission of GRACE is also to promote self-esteem, self-awareness, self-worth, and respect.  Through enrichment activities, cultural awareness, community service projects, leadership and social activities, GRACE has been able to develop strong, open minded, independent individuals, confident young women who are making a difference in the world.

EPF Fuel Station at Westfield High School and Stone Middle

Westfield Fuel Station opened in the Spring of 2019.  Stone Middle School’s pantry opened in the Fall of 2022.  Unlike the Westfield pantry, Stone provides for all aspects of need.  From groceries to clothing, and even household needs.  Working with the school counselors, school administration and the local community supporters, EPF Fuel Station simply provides for the need. 

EPF Koats for Kids Centreville, Centre Ridge Elementary and Stone Middle School

Working with school social workers and administrators, EPF coats program provides new coats for students in need. Since the inception of this program in 2018, EPF provides over 15-25 coats per year.

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