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RMA Foundation

The Riverside Military Academy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was incorporated in 2013 under the laws of the State of Georgia and approved by the Internal Revenue Service in 2014. The Foundation was established for the exclusive purpose of supporting the educational purposes, furtherance, and longevity of Riverside Military Academy.

Founding Members

Ruben A. Barahona, '89
Ralph and Mary Cleveland Foundation
Marcia and Bernard Freeman, '58
Barbara and Rutledge Griffin, '62
Roslyn and Pat Higdon Jr., '57
Jane and Drew Horner, '78
Linda K. Hurdle
Roy Lambert Foundation Inc.
Ernest T. Lopez III, '84
Suzanne and Frank Maurno, '60
Rachel and Kenneth McKelvey
Abraham A. Mitchell Charitable Foundation
Domingo Moreira, '63
Norton Family Foundation
Stanley C. Preczewski, Ph.D.
Walter E. Smith Jr., '58
Nancy and Andrew Talkington, '71
Felipe A. Valls, '50
Jim Walters Management Company

Mrs. Jerry B. Blackstock
Diane and Doug Magnus
William J. McConnell Sr., '58
Beth and Sam Smith
Cherry and Dick Valentine
Amanda and Bob Willis

A cornerstone of the Foundation’s funding is the Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Award (SBELA) Program that honors local leaders for their achievements that reflect the intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit, and leadership ability of Sandy Beaver, Riverside’s president from 1913-1969.

Endowed Support

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  • Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Award

    The Sandy Beaver Entrepreneurial Leadership Award dinner is an annual event to honor area entrepreneurs whose business acumen and leadership are reminiscent of that of Sandy Beaver, RMA president from 1913 to 1969. Revenue and donations from the dinner will help grow the Riverside Military Academy Foundation and generate tuition assistance for families with demonstrated need.

    The inaugural dinner was held in August 2014, and the event is annually attended by hundreds including community leaders, alumni, RMA Trustees, and friends of the Academy. Interest in this fundraising dinner continues to grow.
  • Endowed Scholarships

    Annual gifts provide yearly support for program enhancements and projects at the Academy, but larger gifts made over a three to five year period may fund endowed scholarships, capital projects, or provide needed assistance for already existing programs at the Academy.
    Endowed Scholarships: $10,000 and up
    Scholarships, both merit and need-based, are an ongoing opportunity for support at Riverside. An endowed scholarship may be set up by an individual donor or a group of donors starting with a minimum gift of $10,000. The endowed fund is housed in The Riverside Military Academy Foundation and comingled with other endowed funds to maximize investment earnings. Each fund is tracked individually and the annual earnings provide scholarship aid or aid to existing programs. Several endowed scholarships exist at Riverside and donors may choose to contribute to these in lieu of creating their own endowment.

Governance Documents


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  • Photo of Ellen DeFoor

    Ellen DeFoor 

    VP of Advancement

Foundation Board of Directors

Walter E. Smith Jr., '58
     West Palm Beach, FL

J. Allen Nivens Jr.
     Gainesville, GA

Anthony M. Herdener
     Gainesville, GA

C. Brian Daniel
Gainesville, GA

Bernard M. Freeman, '58
    Vero Beach, FL

Andrew Talkington, '71
Houston, TX

Stanley C. "Staś" Preczewski
COL(R), USA, Ph.D.

     Gainesville, GA

Ellen G. DeFoor, Ex Officio

     Gainesville, GA
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 reads:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Riverside Military Academy complies with Title IX.

Alcohol/Tobacco/Drug-Free School
Strictly Enforced