July 2 is the Deadline for Two Va. Foundation for Community College Education Scholarships

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The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is accepting applications for the John T. Casteen III Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship and the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship through July 2. The two awards are available to students currently enrolled in one of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. Applications and details are available at:

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TNCC Awarded $40,000 Grant for Greenhouse Renovation

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) has been awarded a $40,000 grant from Dominion Resources to install a green roof on its existing greenhouse on the Hampton campus. TNCC’s Electronics students will gain hands-on experience while installing solar panels in the facility. The College’s Biology students will plan projects that involve use of the space.

Dominion Resources, which comprises Dominion Virginia Power, awarded more than $1 million dollars in grants to community colleges and four-year institutions statewide to support programs in business, skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies. Funding also supports student-led conversation programs. Old Dominion University and Hampton University were also among the recipients in Hampton Roads.

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TNCC Student Named Among Community College Legacy Scholars Statewide

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) student Christopher Duke was among students statewide chosen as 2011 Commonwealth Legacy Scholars. Representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the students will receive scholarships of up to $3,500 for the 2011-2012 school year. The Legacy Scholars will be honored in November during a Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) luncheon in Charlottesville.

The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program was established in 2006 through the generosity of VFCCE donors to recognize students who demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to developing their leadership skills during high school, according to Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS). Each scholarship bears the name of individual philanthropy leaders who support VCCS schools.

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New Kathy Lynn Camper Scholarship

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The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is accepting applications for its Kathy Camper Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship will award $3,500 each to two students from throughout Virginia’s 23 community colleges. The deadline to apply is July 1.

The scholarship supports students seeking degrees in Information Technology or Childhood Education and honors the late Kathleen “Kathy” Lynn Camper, a long-time information technology staff member with the VCCS.

Dominion Foundation Grants Enhanced New Engineering Course at TNCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students enrolled in “Topics in Energy Technology: Wind Turbine Blade Development and Testing,” completed several groundbreaking studies during the spring semester. Funded by a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the new elective course explores wind turbine technology and design. TNCC was one of four Virginia colleges to receive funding from the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources to support programs in skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, business, and student-led conservation programs.

TNCC received an additional $2,500 from the organization in February to purchase a Skystream 3.7 Marine Cutaway wind turbine demonstrator. “The new equipment provided students with a life-sized replica of a real-world turbine blade system including all of the inner workings of the motor housing and its electrical connections,” said Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Michael Uenking. The replica gave students a basis for developing their own design of a wind turbine and helped reinforce what was taught during the course.

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TNCC Hosts Benefit Scholarship Gala Honoring William and Janice Grace

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) and its Educational Foundation will host a benefit gala on Friday, April 23 honoring Mr. and Mrs. William M. Grace for their outstanding record of public service. A fund raising and dinner event set for 6:30 p.m. at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, the gala will support the establishment of an endowed scholarship for TNCC students enrolled in courses related to the arts and/or business. The scholarship will be named for Mr. and Mrs. Grace.

“Thomas Nelson Community College is privileged and honored to recognize two pillars of our community whose civic engagement and personal generosity continue to uplift countless citizens. Bill and Janice Grace model exemplary leadership in their public and private spheres and for their good deeds, we are grateful,” said TNCC President Alvin J. Schexnider.

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