Thomas Nelson Selects Sentara Healthcare to Receive Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Thomas Nelson Community College selected Sentara Healthcare for the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in acknowledgment of Sentara’s exceptional contributions to Thomas Nelson. The award was presented Tuesday, April 15 during a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) hosts the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the system’s statewide foundation. This marks the ninth year the awards have been given. As a part of the Chancellor’s Award, Sentara Healthcare will have a scholarship named in its honor and awarded next fall to a student attending Thomas Nelson.

One of Thomas Nelson’s major supporters and employers of its graduates, Sentara has contributed cash and in-kind gifts totaling $85,000 to help the College. A majority of Sentara’s contribution afforded the purchase of an interactive obstetrical mannequin, or SimMom, to enhance the College’s nursing program at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg. The purchase of this equipment to train both Thomas Nelson nursing students and Sentara employees solidified a strategic partnership between the College’s nursing program and Sentara Healthcare.

“Thomas Nelson nursing students and faculty at the Historic Triangle campus have been using the SimMom as part of their instruction for the past year. The learning experience has been phenomenal, and the College is extremely grateful to Sentara Healthcare for enabling students and faculty to have access to this state-of-the art equipment as part of their labor and delivery training,” said Cynthia Callaway, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Thomas Nelson.

During the April 15 awards luncheon, Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, said this year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian. We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the art of giving,” he said.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college.  The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students.  Donors to the fund are invited to endow a single scholarship in their name and designate it to any of Virginia’s community colleges or regions.  For more information, please visit