Unique New Scholarships Available for First Time Thomas Nelson Community College Students


Published: May 23, 2006

A Virginia Foundation for Community College Education Initiative

THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA — Two lucky first-year students entering Thomas Nelson Community College this fall have an opportunity to receive up to $3,000 for a full year of tuition, books and fees due to a newly created Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program.

This unique opportunity is being made possible by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) at all 23 Virginia Community College System (VCCS) schools. One scholarship will be awarded at each of the 40 campuses in the VCCS. Two scholarships will be available at Thomas Nelson Community College (one each for the Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses.) The naming of the first 40 Legacy Scholars will coincide with the system’s 40th anniversary, according to VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois.

Students selected for the merit-based scholarships will be full-time, associate degree-seeking students attending college for the first time who have demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to develop their leadership skills. The scholars must have plans to graduate from a Virginia community college and will be part of a program that will promote community college education. In addition, the first class of scholars selected for fall 2006 would become mentors to future Legacy scholars.

The application deadline is Thursday, June 1 at Thomas Nelson Community College. Winners are expected to be announced by the end of June or early July. For more information, please contact Thomas Nelson Community College Scholarship Director Lisa Smith, at 825-2848. Smith is located in the College’s Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs and Scholarship Office in Room 212 of Griffin Hall.
The scholarships at Thomas Nelson Community College will be named the Robert F. Shuford, Sr., Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship in honor of the local recipient of this year’s Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Shuford serves as the interim president of the Thomas Nelson Community College Educational Foundation. He is chairman, president and chief operating officer of The Old Point Financial Corporation in Hampton.

The goal of the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program is to increase access to higher education. “My vision is that any student who wishes to attend college should be able to do so,” said DuBois. “Virginia’s community colleges are a great access point for thousands of Virginians and their families, and this scholarship program could very well be the key to a better and brighter future for them.”

The VFCCE was established to help turn imagination into reality for the thousands of Virginians who dream of going to college. Working hand-in-hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Foundation seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all those who want a college education.

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