Effie Sanderlin Robinson grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. She studied food and nutrition at Mary Washington College graduating with a bachelor of science in 1945. After graduation, she took a position as a dietician at Norfolk General Hospital and soon after married her husband of 62 years, Frank Robinson. Over the years, Effie worked as a high school teacher and home economist for Virginia Electric and Power Company. She became an Executive Director for the Tidewater Dairy Council, which was absorbed by the Southeast United Dairy Industrial Association, and retired from there as a Regional Vice President. Effie and Frank enjoyed an active lifestyle, which included sailing, tennis, and travel. One of Effie’s favorite travel destinations included time spent on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Effie especially enjoyed her time at Mary Washington College and wanted to assist future students in realizing their dreams and aspirations while pursuing similar experiences. She established a scholarship to support study abroad through her estate with the assistance of her brother, Joseph G. Sanderlin, Jr. and his children Jo Lynn Adams and Joseph G. Sanderlin, III.