TNCC Student Named Among VCCS ‘Legacy Scholars’ Across Virginia


Published: October 31, 2008

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) student William F. Zorn was among 30 students honored as Commonwealth Legacy Scholars. The honorees representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges were acknowledged in October during a luncheon in Richmond.

The scholarships recognize students from across the Commonwealth who demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to developing their leadership skills. They will become mentors to future Legacy Scholars as they move through their academic programs and graduate from a Virginia community college, according to Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, established in 2006 through the generosity of private donors to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, provides up to $3,000 for a full year of tuition and fees at one of the 40 campuses of the VCCS’s 23 colleges. Each scholarship bears the name of one of many philanthropy leaders who support Virginia’s community colleges.

Zorn was honored as the Elizabeth P. Smith Commonwealth Legacy Scholar. His scholarship’s namesake, the late Elizabeth Page Smith, bequeathed an estate of more than $680,000 to the TNCC Educational Foundation establishing the Rodgers and Elizabeth Smith Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for TNCC students who have resided in York County and graduated from a high school there. The bequest is the largest amount to date contributed by an individual donor to the Foundation, noted Cynthia Callaway, executive director of the College’s Educational Foundation.
“William Zorn is a worthy recipient of this generous and meritorious scholarship provided by the Virginia Foundation for Community Colleges. 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 Callaway, who is also vice president for Institutional Advancement at TNCC.

The Grafton High School graduate was nominated for this prestigious VCCS honor by the TNCC Educational Foundation. He enrolled at the College in fall 2008 in the General Studies Program with plans to transfer to a four-year institution en route to a career in architecture. Zorn said his desire to become an architect stemmed from firsthand experiences working in a family construction business.
His passion for this career path was also fueled by completion of construction/trade area courses at New Horizons Career Center. At New Horizons nomination by a faculty member lead to Zorn’s participation in the International Construction Challenge in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this year through support by Newport News-based Liebherr Corporation.

Balancing a work schedule and a full time student course load, Zorn joins more than 100 students across the VCCS who have been recognized as Commonwealth Legacy Scholars in the past three years.

For more information about the TNCC Educational Foundation and/or the Rodgers and Elizabeth Smith Scholarship Fund, please call 757-825-2719.

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