Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy
Richmond – Leading philanthropists selected by community colleges across the commonwealth were honored this week with the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.
Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 10th annual event honors philanthropists from the statewide foundation and each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.
In her keynote remarks, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said, “I applaud you for being recognized today but I challenge you to think of this as a beginning, not an end. Like you, I think our community colleges might just be capable of doing anything. But they cannot do it alone.”
VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said “we pay tribute to fellow Virginians who, through leadership, partnership and wise philanthropy, are helping us address the commonwealth’s unmet needs in higher education and workforce development. These distinguished individuals are sharing with us from their hearts, from their hands, and from their experiences. They give of themselves,” he said.
Tiffany Riggs, who received a Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship last year that honored philanthropy leaders Valley Proteins Inc., said she had no idea how she could ever afford college. “But because of the generosity of all the amazing people in here, that has changed. The scholarship from Wells Fargo has not only helped me pay for my classes this year, but has changed my life.”
PHOTO: Connie Kincheloe, center front, former State Board and Foundation Board member, was the VFCCE recipient of the Philanthropy award. She is shown here with former Governor Gerald Baliles, current chair of the VFCCE board (far left); VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois (left) and members of her family.
Recipients of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:
Blue Ridge Community College Mr. and Mrs. John and Cathy Matherly
Central Virginia Community College Georgia-Pacific Big Island Mill
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Mrs. Blakeslee Nettleton Chase
Danville Community College J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Eastern Shore Community College PNC Bank
Germanna Community College Mr. Kent D. Farmer
Sargeant Reynolds Community College Mr. and Mrs. Jerry and Mary Owen
John Tyler Community College Mr. Michael R. White
Lord Fairfax Community College Dr. Morgan Phenix
Mountain Empire Community College and The Estate of Mrs. Carol Phipps Buchanan
Southwest Virginia Community College
New River Community College The Late Mr. Robert J. Ingram
Northern Virginia Community College Micron Technology
Patrick Henry Community College The Walker Family
Paul D. Camp Community College Franklin Southampton Charities
Piedmont Virginia Community College Dr. Patt Keats
Rappahannock Community College The Wright Family
Southside Virginia Community College R.C. and Viola Hines Scholarship Fund
Thomas Nelson Community College Siemens Corporation
Tidewater Community College Mrs. Vanessa Christie
Virginia Highlands Community College Appalachian Power Company
Virginia Western Community College The Powell Charitable Foundation
Wytheville Community College Drs. O.J. Campbell, Dennis R. Throckmorton and Richard G. Copenhaver
Virginia Foundation for Community College Education Mrs. Connie Kincheloe
About the Keynote Speaker: Dorothy McAuliffe has made eliminating childhood hunger and improving access to Virginia’s fresh, locally grown agricultural products a top priority as First Lady of Virginia. She has identified food security and nutrition as necessary elements for educational success and building healthy communities. Mrs. McAuliffe currently serves as chair of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide, which focuses on eliminating hunger, developing local agricultural markets, and promoting community efforts that link locally grown food, education, health and nutrition. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and received her J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She and the Governor are the proud parents of five children.
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than a quarter-million credit students each year. For more information, please visit vccs2staging.wpengine.com.
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 vccs2staging.wpengine.com/Foundation.