For Immediate Release:
September 21, 2007
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – With the current fiscal demands on the Commonwealth of Virginia, funding for higher education is in a critical state. Compared to other colleges in the South, Virginia ranks 13th out of 16 states based on appropriations to its community colleges. As one of the 23 community colleges in Virginia, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) feels the effect of diminishing funding and is looking to private individuals and organizations for support.
The LFCC Educational Foundation Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit entity dedicated to assisting the College in meeting its current and future needs by securing private and public funds for student scholarships, academic programs, student activities and capital projects. Between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2006, the Foundation raised $486,841, established 28 scholarship funds and established 13 non-scholarship funds. In comparison, between Jan. 1, 2007 and Aug. 31, 2007, the Foundation raised $747,384.53, established 20 scholarship funds and established four non-scholarship funds.
“As state funding for the College is diminishing, the need for additional financial support is growing,” said John J. “Ski” Sygielski, LFCC president. “Monetary support is needed for academic programs, facilities, faculty positions and student scholarships. A financial commitment to LFCC is a commitment to the region and its citizens and an investment in a vital community asset. Donors who partner with LFCC are ensuring that the College is able to provide high-quality instruction in state-of-the-art facilities.”
Funds raised by the Foundation help to augment the state funds that are received each year as part of the College’s budget. In addition to supporting LFCC’s academic programs and facilities, the Foundation provides financial assistance to students in the form of scholarships. The scholarships are designed to provide help to those who need it most.
Tuition and fees for full-time LFCC students are approximately $1,100 per semester. A named scholarship can be established with a minimum gift of $1,700, which can be a one-time contribution or one that is renewed annually. Endowed scholarships can be established and named with a minimum gift of $35,000. By endowing a scholarship, donors will impact the lives of students in perpetuity.
Following are examples of recently established scholarships:
- The Dolores Lewin Stryker Health Professions Scholarship was established by Diane Lewin, an LFCC alumnus, in memory of her sister. The scholarship will be awarded annually to students enrolled in a health professions program at LFCC. The scholarship award may be applied toward tuition, fees and/or books and will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters.
- The Dr. Philip and Gena Phenix Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to a current-year Page County High School graduate enrolled at LFCC. The scholarship was established by Morgan Phenix, a College Board member and principal of Page County High School, in memory of his parents, Philip and Gena, and their love of education. Phenix’s parents were both educators and life-long scholars. His father passed away in July 2002, and his mother passed away in May 2007. The scholarship award may be applied toward tuition, fees and/or books and will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters.
The Foundation awarded scholarships to 167 students for the 2007-08 academic year. These scholarship awards totaled $190,164.48. The current list of scholarship recipients is available at http://www.lfcc.edu/scholarships/scholarship_recipients.htm.
Even though the Foundation assisted 167 students this year, 127 scholarship applicants were unable to receive scholarships this year due to a lack of funding. It is projected that the number of students who are unable to receive scholarships will continue to increase as the student population grows—unless funding is secured now.
“Without financial assistance in the form of scholarships, many students would be unable to further their education,” Sygielski said. “There are countless stories of students who would not be attending the College if it were not for the scholarship program. Single parents, high school graduates, individuals working two jobs to support their families—all of these students have the desire to make a better life for themselves and their families. The scholarship program enables them to achieve that goal.”
Individuals interested in donating to an existing scholarship fund or establishing a new fund may complete a contribution form available on the Foundation’s Web site at http://www.lfcc.edu/Foundation/forms.html and mail the completed form and check to the LFCC Educational Foundation Inc., 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645-1745. In addition, individuals can now contribute to the Foundation electronically through a secure online form available at http://www.lfcc.edu/Foundation.
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.