For Immediate Release:
November 13, 2009
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
The Alpha Beta Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa – the international honor society of the two-year college – has announced a new, student-driven scholarship campaign to be launched formally at the Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) Middletown Campus during the week of November 16-20, 2009.
The idea for “Your Change Can Change Lives” came from Dr. Brent L. Kendrick, chapter co-advisor. When his niece, Janet Phillips, was born, Dr. Kendrick wanted to do something to help her when she went to college, so he started saving his pocket change. The first year, he saved pennies. The next year, he saved pennies and nickels. Then, he saved pennies, nickels and dimes. Finally, he saved all of his pocket change every day.
When his niece turned 18, Dr. Kendrick took the change to his bank and discovered that it added up to almost $8,000.
“My loose change made a difference in my niece’s life when she went to Radford University to major in English,” said Dr. Kendrick. She used the money to buy books and computers and to be involved in activities that she might not have been involved in otherwise. It was no big deal on my part. It was easy and painless, and I never even missed the pocket change.”
Professor James E. Brumbaugh, chapter co-advisor, said, “After Brent shared his inspiring story with us, we decided that it was something that we would like to share with our community. We went to our officer team, and they were excited about the idea. Then we went to our LFCC Educational Foundation. Their response was equally enthusiastic, especially since this scholarship initiative is student-driven.”
Chapter officers emphasize that this scholarship initiative can impact the lives of young adults for years to come. The students hope that future generations of LFCC students will be able to continue their education because people cared enough to donate their spare change.
“Even the smallest donation will help create a rich foundation for scholars to reach their educational goals. With everyone’s support we can make anything possible,” said LFCC student Shanna Kuhlman, who serves as vice president of marketing for the honor society.
Working with the Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation, Inc., the chapter hopes to reach out to the hearts of the Lord Fairfax students, faculty and the community at large. To make giving even easier, Alpha Beta Omega will place a “Your Change Can Change Lives” collection box in the Welcome Center at the Middletown Campus.
In the spring, the chapter plans to place collection boxes at LFCC’s Fauquier Campus and at the Luray-Page County Center.
Alpha Beta Omega’s goal is to raise enough money for an endowed scholarship. Once established, students from all three LFCC locations will be eligible to apply for the scholarship, as long as they have a 3.5 grade point average. Scholarship opportunities will be available for tuition, book purchases and transfer support to a four-year institution.
The chapter’s officers are Jessica Crosen, president; Stephanie Turner, vice president of honors; Sarai Duke, vice president of communications; Brittany Green, vice president of fundraising; and Shanna Kuhlman, vice president of marketing.
For more information about the Foundation, interested individuals may contact David Urso, Director of Development, at 540-868-4077 or [email protected].
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.