TNCC Student Named Among Community College Legacy Scholars Statewide


Published: September 12, 2011

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.

Nominated by the TNCC Educational Foundation, Duke was selected as the SunTrust Bank Commonwealth Legacy Scholar. “SunTrust is proud to be recognized with this scholarship in support of Christopher Duke”, said David Burris, Senior Vice President of SunTrust Bank. “The investment in Thomas Nelson Community College students helps ensure that our community continues to grow and prosper. We are grateful to be part of such a wonderful community.”

Since 2001, SunTrust Bank has contributed over $45,000 to TNCC’s Educational Foundation toward such efforts as the major gifts campaign in 2000, workforce development in the Greater Williamsburg area, student scholarships and the College’s Automotive Technology Program.

SunTrust Bank was also among sponsors for car shows at the College in the past three years. 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 Janice Grace.

“Christopher Duke is a worthy recipient of this generous and meritorious scholarship provided by the VFCCE. The College and the TNCC Educational Foundation are pleased and proud that he selected Thomas Nelson Community College as his first choice for higher education and career training,” said Cynthia Callaway, the Foundation’s Executive Director and Vice President for Institutional Advancement at TNCC.

A 2011 Bethel High School graduate, Duke earned an advanced studies diploma, was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. He also attended the National Young Leaders Conference and the summer Residential Governor’s School of Fine Arts. Duke enrolled at TNCC this fall to pursue an Associate in Science Degree in Social Science with a specialization in education and aspires to become an elementary school teacher. He joins more than 100 students across the VCCS who have been recognized as Commonwealth Legacy Scholars since the program’s establishment.

For more information about the TNCC Educational Foundation or its SunTrust Bank Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, call (757) 825-2719.



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