The Foundation

Our Mission

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation preserves and promotes the history, traditions, heritage, and culture of the U.S. Navy at Dahlgren, Virginia, and the surrounding community.

The Foundation will purposefully and aggressively seek financial support to establish the Dahlgren Heritage Museum and to provide the long-term preservation efforts and educational activities associated with sharing the stories and interpreting the U.S. Navy’s physical, technical, intellectual and social contributions to King George County, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation.


The Ira and Gladys West Scholarship Fund

The Dahlgren Heritage Foundation is leading the effort to establish a mathematics scholarship in honor of two lifelong Dahlgren employees, Ira and Gladys West. The Wests have lived in the King George community since they graduated college in the late 1950s. Both worked at the Dahlgren Navy Base and made many little known contributions to the Navy in their years there.

Each year, The Ira and Gladys West Scholarship Fund will award at least one annual scholarship of $1,000 to a graduating senior in King George County. The West family and the Dahlgren Heritage Museum believes in the “hidden” power of an education rich in math and sciences. With this scholarship, they hope to support students pursuing a degree in mathematics or other Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) related fields. Priority will be given to high achieving and highly motivated students with demonstrated financial need.

You can learn more about the Scholarship Fund or donate here.