For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2010
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Anna Groves, a Middletown resident, has a lot to celebrate this spring. A Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) student, Groves was recently named a 2010 Coca-Cola Silver Scholar. She is pursuing an associate degree in Liberal Arts.
Groves, 25, hopes to graduate from LFCC in spring 2011 and transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree. Her long-term plans include earning a master’s degree in library science with a goal of becoming a children’s librarian.
The $1,250 scholarship will assist Groves in another goal; she wants to obtain her undergraduate degree without incurring debt. “Lord Fairfax Community College has many appealing features that influenced my decision to attend,” she said. “Foremost is having a cost-effective, quality option for the first phase of my higher education.”
While attending school, Groves also works part time at two area libraries. Her primary job duties are re-shelving books, assisting in the children’s departments, staffing the reference desks and helping to organize special programs. She also volunteers once a week with an ESL (English as a Second Language) class.
“I get to make extensive use of my community college acquired Spanish language skills in this endeavor and I enjoy getting to know and help new people and challenging myself,” she said.
Outside of school and work, Groves enjoys spending time with her family, which includes six siblings, and volunteering at her church. She loves to read, play the piano, watch old movies, play with her dogs, browse thrift stores and cook.
The Coca-Cola Scholar program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and is administered by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the international honor society of two-year colleges. To be eligible for the scholarship, students had to submit an application for the All-USA/All-State Academic Teams. Fifty students from across the nation were selected to receive the Silver Scholars award. These students, along with the Gold and Bronze Scholar winners, were recognized in an issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.
For more information about the scholarship program, please visit: http://scholarships.ptk.org/aaat/announce.htm
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.