For Immediate Release:
July 12, 2006
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MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – Kaitlyn Fritz of Bealeton and Benjamin Selwyn of Woodstock are the recipients of the Alfred Kummli Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship and are among 40 first-time college students selected for the inaugural year of the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program. The scholarship provides up to $3,000 for a full year of tuition, books and fees at any of the 40 campuses of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).
Scholarship recipients must demonstrate 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.
Glenn DuBois, chancellor of the VCCS, in commending the 40 scholars, said “I believe that all young people should be encouraged to go to college. The long-term goal is to expand the intellectual highways of Virginia. Our workforce, our economy and our quality of life depend on it.”
The newly-named Commonwealth Legacy Scholars will be honored on Sept. 20, 2006, in Richmond at the Jefferson Hotel as part of the 40th anniversary celebration for the VCCS, which was created in 1966. The scholarship at each VCCS institution is named in honor of a philanthropy leader who has been a benefactor for that college.
“The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program has been established through the generosity of a number of private donors to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE),” said Jennifer Sager, vice chancellor for institutional advancement for the VCCS. “This program will designate scholarship recipients who, in each successive year, will become mentors to a new class of scholars–providing a legacy for years to come of community college graduates extending opportunity to future students. What better way to honor the history, and the future, of Virginia’s community colleges and the students and families they serve.”
Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. Lord Fairfax Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. LFCC also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.