Charles A. Kramer was the president of the Farmer's and Merchants Bank located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Both Charles and Lenore were devoted patrons of the Mary Washington College-Community Symphony Orchestra and Lenore was particularly fond of stringed instruments. The Kramer's were the first patrons to endow an orchestra scholarship in 1991. Mary Washington student Marilyn Morgan Jorgensen '64 was like an “adopted” daughter to Charles and Lenore and they kept in touch over the years. After Lenore and Charles passed away, Marilyn asked to be the family representative for the scholarship.