LFCC Student Receives Prestigious Valley Proteins Scholarship

For Immediate Release:
May 25, 2012

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
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Phone: 540-868-7134

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected David Jezierski,who attends Lord Fairfax Community College, as a member of the second class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program, administered by the VFCCE.

Jezierski is a resident of Clarke County, VA and is working towards an Associate Degree in Science.  He plans to obtain a bachelor’s and graduate degrees in mathematics in order to become a college mathematics professor.  Jezierski is active in LFCC’s Project LEAD and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.  He enjoys the great outdoors and all types of adventure

            Of the 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 $15,000.

            The Valley Proteins Fellows Program was designed for high-achieving second year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges. In addition to receiving full coverage of tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project. The Valley Proteins Fellows represent the best and most motivated scholars who demonstrate both academic and leadership potential along with a burning desire to excel.

  The fellows program is made possible through the 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.

            “Valley Proteins is privileged to invest in the future of some of Virginia’s most outstanding students,” said Michael A. Smith, vice president of Valley Proteins, Inc. “These young people are tomorrow’s leaders and we are confident that the returns for our investment in them will be substantial.”

            “This isn’t an easy scholarship to earn,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Those who are selected are talented, motivated and dedicated to succeed. They’re the kind of students who give you confidence in the future of our commonwealth and country.”



About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 400,000 students a year. For more information, please visit myfuture.vccs.edu.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students. Donors to the fund are invited to endow a single scholarship in their name and designate it to any of Virginia’s Community Colleges or regions. For more information, please visit www.vccs.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.