RICHMOND, Va. – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is donating $50,000 to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to promote adult literacy efforts through the foundation’s Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI). The retailer’s gift, which will be matched on a one-to-one basis, will fund $1,000 incentive scholarships for adults who earn their high school equivalency to attend a community college to earn a postsecondary credential. Altogether, the Dollar General donation and the matching funds will help 100 adults pursue a college credential.
“This is a very generous donation from a company that is looking for ways to give back to the families and communities who help make their stores successful,” said former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, co-chair of the RVHI Steering Committee. “I applaud Dollar General for the leadership example they are setting with this donation and look forward to working with other companies who are looking for ways to contribute to the improvement and enhancement of the people who call rural Virginia home.”
“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.
More than one in four of the 2.1 million Virginians across parts of the Rural Horseshoe have less than a high school education, according to the VFCCE. In addition, while Virginia ranks in the top 10 for higher education attainment, the Commonwealth ranks 19th from the bottom in percentage of the population with at least a high school equivalency.
The VFCCE hopes to change those statistics by leveraging the programs and resources of 14 of Virginia’s Community Colleges: Blue Ridge, Dabney S. Lancaster, Danville, Eastern Shore, Lord Fairfax, Mountain Empire, New River, Patrick Henry, Paul D. Camp, Rappahannock, Southside, Southwest Virginia, Virginia Highlands, and Wytheville.
“With one in four Virginians across parts of the state’s rural crescent having less than a high school education, preparing them for the jobs of the future is vital,” said Dr. Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “Dollar General’s contribution continues this effort’s momentum to help more Virginians develop the skills necessary to compete in today’s ever-changing work environment.”
The Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative (RVHI) seeks to address the lack of educational attainment across rural Virginia, where nearly one in four adults lack a high school education and less than one in five have a bachelor’s degree. The focus will be providing full-time career coaching assistance to middle majority students and those from underrepresented populations, who are often overlooked by traditional guidance counseling but are critically needed to provide a trained workforce in most rural areas. The 10-year goal is to cut in half (one in eight) those lacking a high school diploma and double from 26 percent to 52 percent the population in rural Virginia holding an associate’s degree or other college certification.
About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $97 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 5.8 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General Corporation: Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 11,500 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, please visit www.dollargeneral.com.
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 approximately 400,000 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; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through the Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. For more information, please visit vccs2staging.wpengine.com/giving.
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