Scholarship Alert: Students Apply Today for the Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

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The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) has a $3,500 scholarship available to first-time community college students throughout the Commonwealth. The deadline to apply for the Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship is August 1.

The scholarship application is available at and also on the Wizard ( under Scholarship Search. Applicants must complete the application, send two letters of reference and their transcript to by the deadline.


New State Board Chair Brings Global Perspective and Consensus Building Instincts to Virginia’s Community Colleges

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Robert W. Shinn had more stamps on his passport before he could walk than some people get in a lifetime. “My father was a diplomat. I grew up all over the world,” he says.

Born in London, Shinn went on to live in Russia, Germany, Poland and France. He says having a global perspective has served him well. So has some advice from his father, an arms control negotiator who worked for Henry Kissinger on the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT) in the 1970s.


Advanced Academic Degrees Granted to Three Thomas Nelson Community College Educators

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THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA – Three Thomas Nelson Community College educators have been granted advanced academic degrees. They are: Sharon J. Cotman, Professor of Information Systems Technology, received her Education Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University. Cotman is a Thomas Nelson alumna and joined the College as a faculty member in 1984. Cotman is a resident of York County.

Timothy G. Wiedman, Associate Professor of Business Management, received his Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) degree from Argosy University of Sarasota, Fla., effective March 31, 2006. Wiedman majored in Management, and his doctoral dissertation was entitled: “The Relationship between Industrial Safety and Profitability: Developing an Empirical Model.” Wiedman is Assistant Dean/Team Leader for the Business, Management/Marketing and Accounting programs, and was recently elected as First Vice President of the Thomas Nelson Community College Faculty Senate. He has been a faculty member at Thomas Nelson since 1992. Wiedman is a resident of Hampton.