For Immediate Release:
February 6, 2008
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
MIDDLETOWN and WARRENTON, Va. – The Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Educational Foundation Inc. recently received funds to establish two endowed scholarships, thus ensuring that scholarship funds will be available to LFCC students in perpetuity.
“LFCC and its students are fortunate to have donors who understand the importance of investing in education, thus impacting the lives of area residents and inspiring students to realize dreams for themselves and their families that they may have never thought possible,” said John J. "Ski" Sygielski, LFCC president. "These endowed contributions will enable students for generations to come to experience the benefits of a higher education."
The new scholarships and their qualifying criteria are as follows:
Emerson and Helen Williams Endowed Scholarship – Established by Emerson and Helen Williams, residents of Rappahannock County, the scholarship will be awarded annually to a full- and/or part-time student at LFCC. Preference will be given to residents of Rappahannock County. The scholarship award may be applied toward tuition, fees and/or books and will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. Satisfactory academic progress (minimum grade point average of 2.0) must be maintained in order for the recipient to receive the award for the spring semester.
When asked why they made such a generous contribution to the College, Mr. and Mrs. Williams said, "We have the teaching bug. We are able to benefit those who need assistance and help them to get taught. Also, as retirees, we no longer actively impart knowledge. However, through this scholarship, we can still help with and facilitate learning." The couple also noted their fondness for the current College president as a reason they chose to invest in the students at LFCC.
In 1983, Mr. Williams retired as the head of the pension fund at the United States Steel Corporation — which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. – after 33 years of service. Mrs. Williams, a retired educator and school superintendent, served school systems in Fairfax County and Rappahannock County for a total of 22 years. She currently serves on the College Board.
Elsie B. Tracy Endowed Scholarship – Established by the estate of Elsie B. Tracy, this scholarship will be awarded annually to full- and/or part-time LFCC students who are employed at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Frederick County, Va. The scholarship award may be applied toward tuition, fees and/or books and will be divided equally between the fall and spring semesters. Satisfactory academic progress (minimum grade point average of 2.0) must be maintained in order for the recipient to receive the award for the spring semester.
Mrs. Tracy was born in 1918 in Shoreham, Vt., and had a career as a federal government employee. She was married to William R. Tracy from 1953 until Mr. Tracy passed away in 1975. Mrs. Tracy lived at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury in Frederick County, Va., from 1989 until her passing in 2006 and thought very highly of Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury employees.
In addition to the aforementioned scholarships, the Foundation has many other scholarship funds that provide funding to full- and part-time students. Current or prospective LFCC students interested in applying for one of the many LFCC scholarships can obtain additional information on LFCC’s Web site at http://www.lfcc.edu/scholarships.
Individuals interested in donating to these or other scholarship funds may make a check payable to "LFCC Educational Foundation Inc." Please write the name of the fund that will be receiving the contribution on the memo line and mail the check to the LFCC Educational Foundation Inc., 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645-1745.
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.