TNCC Selects SunTrust Bank to Receive 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Published: April 22, 2011

Thomas Nelson Community College selected SunTrust Bank for the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in acknowledgment of SunTrust’s exceptional contributions to TNCC. The award was presented Tuesday, April19 during a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia.

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the system’s statewide foundation. This marks the sixth year the awards have been given.

SunTrust Bank has contributed $42,500 to TNCC’s Educational Foundation since 2001 toward such efforts as the 2000 major gifts campaign, workforce development in the Greater Williamsburg area, student scholarships and the College’s Automotive Technology Program. In the past two years the bank was also among sponsors for car shows at the College even loaning one of its executives, David Burris, for service on the annual event’s 2010 planning committee.

Since 2007, four TNCC students have benefited from the SunTrust scholarship administered through TNCC’s Educational Foundation. Last year, the finance industry leader helped sponsor TNCC’s first annual scholarship benefit gala honoring William and Nancy Grace.

During the April 19 awards luncheon, Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges (VCCS), said this year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $11 million dollars to VCCS institutions.

“Each of these supporters personifies the theme of this event, ‘Living Philanthropy.’ For those of us here today, living philanthropy is the promise that our impact will live on; it will blend with those who came before creating a larger and larger living tapestry of good will, benefitting and elevating those who come next,” he added.

As a part of the Chancellor’s Award, SunTrust Bank will have a scholarship named in its honor and awarded next fall to a student attending TNCC. The scholarship is funded largely by the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation.

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