Lunch Pail Defense Foundation

Coach Bud Foster, has combined his coined symbol, the Lunch Pail, and his personal notoriety, to create an amazing community scholarship as well as a new Organ Transplant Family Support Program.

The Lunch Pail Defense Foundation is a non-profit corporation (per IRS Code Section 501(c)(3)) whose dual purpose is to fund an academic scholarships for eligible high school students from the New River or Roanoke Valley areas, as well as assisting the families of those awaiting organ transplants.

The LPDF scholarship recipient will embody the characteristics symbolized by the Lunch Pail in terms of spirit, character, work ethic and determination to succeed in all areas of life.

Our Organ Transplant Support program is in conjunction with Duke University Medical Center, and aims to provide financial assistance to the families of those undergoing organ transplants with often prohibitive costs like longterm lodging, transportation, food, and child care, among others.

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2017 Endowment
2017 Endowment

Foster, Lunch Pail Defense Foundation to Endow Scholarship with Tech Athletics
Tech’s defensive coordinator commits to helping a football student-athlete, with
preference given to a first-generation student with a demonstrated need.

Bud Foster has committed three decades of his life to the Virginia Tech
football program and to the university, and now he has decided to commit more
than just his football expertise, as the Virginia Tech Athletics Department
announced today that the longtime defensive coordinator has agreed to commit
$100,000 through his Lunch Pail Defense Foundation to endow a scholarship for
athletics.

The scholarship – called “The Bud Foster Lunch Pail Defense Foundation Athletic
Scholarship” – will be awarded annually to a football student-athlete, with
preference given to a first-generation college student who shows a demonstrated
financial need.“It’s just a way for me to give back to the university and to a department

that has been so good to me for 30-plus years,” Foster said. “We’ve had the Lunch Pail

Defense Foundation for several years, and we created it for scholarship
purposes for kids in the New River Valley and the Roanoke Valley. We just felt
like, as we moved forward, with what the lunch pail is all about and what it
means to the university and to the program … it felt like a no-brainer to get
people involved and help endow a scholarship for the department and deserving
student-athletes.

“There are so many coaches, administrators, fans and alums who are doing their part to
help the Hokie Club and promote the Drive for 25. I just felt like it was time
for us to jump in, too and do our part. Hopefully it will inspire other Hokies
to get involved at whatever level they can. We’re all in it together, as Coach
Beamer used to say.”

Several years ago, Foster established his foundation, a charity whose purpose is to
raise money to fund academic scholarships for eligible high school students
from the New River and Roanoke Valley areas. Foster and the review board seek
students who not only need financial assistance, but also those who best
exhibit a “lunch pail” mentality – with traits such as work ethic, character
and determination.

Using proceeds raised from a summer golf tournament at Auburn Hills and from various
dinners held throughout the state, the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation has
previously awarded 27 scholarships of varying dollar amounts to students from
these areas for a total of nearly $100,000.

A couple of years ago, Foster expanded the charity’s scope, creating the “Organ
Transplant Family Support Program” in conjunction with Duke University Medical
Center. This program assists families by providing financial resources to cover
the expenses incurred by families during an organ transplant procedure – things
such as lodging, transportation, meals and child care. The program resonates
deeply with Foster, whose father underwent an extensive medical procedure
several years ago at Washington University in St. Louis, not far from Foster’s
hometown of Nokomis, Illinois.

“Bud has been, and obviously still is is a heck of a football coach,” Tech Director of
Athletics Whit Babcock said. “He’s more than just a coach, however. He believes
in Virginia Tech and what it stands for. He loves this community and the
people. He’s part of the fabric of this place.

“We admire his Foundation’s diligent commitment to giving back to young people in
Southwest Virginia and to families who have incurred expenses related to
medical issues – both causes that are near and dear to him. We’re honored that
the Lunch Pail Defense Foundation has also chosen to additionally support
students with demonstrated needs at Virginia Tech who happen to also play
varsity football. It’s a perfect fit. Through his generosity, we will be able
to continue helping current and future Hokies excel in every phase of their
lives for generations to come. We are really proud of Coach Foster and thankful
for this additional legacy he is establishing.”

Foster, who stands as the longest-tenured assistant among FBS staffs, came to Virginia
Tech as an inside linebackers coach on legendary head coach Frank Beamer’s
original staff in 1987. He became the co-defensive coordinator in 1995, and a
year later, took over sole possession of that role. Under him, Virginia Tech’s
defense has finished in the top five nationally in scoring defense on six
occasions, including leading the nation in 1999 and 2006, and the Hokies led
the nation in total defense in both 2005 and 2006.
Foster won the prestigious Broyles Award in 2006, and since he took over as the sole
defensive coordinator in 1996, Virginia Tech ranks first nationally in both
total sacks and interceptions.

Foster became another in a long line of Virginia Tech Athletics Department family
members to commit financially to the Drive for 25, an initiative designed to
increase the Hokie Club’s membership to 25,000, which in turn, helps provide
student-athletes with scholarships for a Virginia Tech education and resources
to be successful in the classroom, in competition and in the community. Just
last year, men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams endowed two scholarships – one
to go to an undergraduate student who is registered with the Services for
Students with Disabilities and one to go to a first-generation female
student-athlete who intends to purse a career in post-secondary (college)
education.

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