The one year she spent as an LFCC student was very “impactful” to Darcus Breneman, one of four 2017 College Board Medallion of Recognition recipients. The medallions are presented to those who have selflessly contributed to LFCC’s mission.
Breneman said she likely wouldn’t have been able to attend college after graduating from James Wood High School had she not been awarded the Presidential Scholarship for the 1983-1984 academic year.
“I was the first in my family to finish my degree, to go to college,” she said. “The scholarship was what opened that door.”
After a year at LFCC, Breneman was able to transfer to James Madison University, where she earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in management and economics. This led to a long career in banking and financial services. Last year, she became a client advisor with TWG Insurance/The Winchester Group.
Active civically, Breneman is the chair of the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley’s Board of Directors, is past chair of the LFCC Educational Foundation and has been involved with Rotary for two decades.
Being honored with the medallion came as a shock to her.
“I was like, me, are you sure?” Breneman said. “I was very honored. I wasn’t expecting that.”
Her career has really brought into focus the amount of good LFCC does for its students.
“Having that finance background, I don’t believe it’s wise to take on an enormous amount of debt to get an education,” Breneman said.
During the medallion ceremony, LFCC President Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy said Breneman could still remember the moment she was presented with the scholarship during her high school graduation.
“It was a financial blessing,” Dr. Thompson-Stacy said.
She went on to say that Breneman served on the Foundation Board from 2010-2016, having a role in the vision and construction of the Student Union Building. But, Breneman was still missing something.
“We want Darcus as a graduate of LFCC,” Thompson-Stacy said, presenting Breneman with an associate of arts and science degree in business administration.
LFCC was able to transfer some of Breneman’s classes from JMU back to LFCC in order to award the degree.
“It’s just such an honor, and I just truly believe in the education system and what Dr. Cheryl has done here at Lord Fairfax Community College,” she said.