Three LFCC Students Earn Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowships

For Immediate Release:
June 3, 2011

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
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Phone: 540-868-7134

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is pleased to announce that Morgan Frederick, Tonya Hamrick, and Jonathan Wine have been selected as part of the inaugural class of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

 Out of the more than 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only ten are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The fellowship’s estimated value is $10,000.

 The Valley Proteins Fellows Program was designed for high-achieving second year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges. In addition to covering the student’s full tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique leadership curriculum – including leadership programs and a community service project – and they receive individualized assistance in obtaining financial aid and transferring to four-year universities. Students who are named fellows exemplify the best and most motivated students and demonstrate academic and leadership potential, along with an innate desire to excel.

 Morgan Frederick is a life-long resident of Woodstock, VA.  She was homeschooled before entering LFCC to obtain two Associate Degrees – Business Administration and General Studies – and plans to attend George Mason University in the fall of 2012.  Frederick is the Vice Present of Honors in Phi Theta Kappa, an officer in Phi Beta Lambda, and a member of the Intercontinental Fusion Cultural Club.  She is also a work-study student for the Nursing Department and Student Success Office, and volunteers for several local organizations.

 A resident of Woodstock, VA, Tonya Hamrick is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School.  She is enrolled in the LFCC Nursing Program and plans to transfer to Shenandoah University to obtain her Bachelor’s degree.  She is the Secretary of Communication for the LFCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

 Jonathan Wine is a resident of Winchester and recently completed an Associate degree in General Studies.  He is continuing his education at LFCC to receive an Associate Degree in Business Administration.  Wine plans to transfer to George Mason University to attain a degree in Computer Game Design and is considering continuing on towards a Master’s Degree.  In addition to his coursework, Wine is involved in LFCC student government, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, and Project L.E.A.D.

 “The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has a growing array of scholarship opportunities for our students,” said Julien G. Patterson, chairman of the VFCCE. “There’s no question about it; these students are some of the best in Virginia and this fellowship will give them the tools to be even better and fulfill their incredibly high potential.”

 The fellows program is made possible through a generous donation of Valley Proteins, Inc. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 50 years and currently operates 12 plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The management of Valley Proteins is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship, excellent customer service, technological innovation and support for the community college mission.

 “Our company is honored to be the inaugural investor in this fellows scholarship program. It complements our current employee scholarship program and provides a likely pipeline for future employees,” said Michael A. Smith, vice president of Valley Proteins, Inc.

 “The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is dedicated to expanding opportunities by leveraging partnerships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “This program is a great example of the synergy that comes from joining together employers that are vested in the quality of tomorrow’s Virginia workforce and the community colleges that elevate it every day.”


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.