Mary Virginia Willson '34 and Josephine Griffith Kleiner '34 were college roommates and best friends. Both Mary Virginia and Josephine received a B.S. in Education from Mary Washington and taught school. When Josephine's daughter, Mary Jo, was killed in an automobile accident in 1983, Mary Virginia helped fund a scholarship in her memory. In 1991 she funded a scholarship in memory of her mother, Matilda Stock Willson to benefit students working toward teaching certification in elementary education.