Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Each April, Virginia’s Community Colleges honor leading philanthropists from each of our 23 community colleges and the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) at a special luncheon in Richmond. This year, the 13th annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy recognized outstanding contributions made to the growth and development of Virginia’s Community Colleges and their respective foundations. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of $6 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Keynote speaker Paul Koonce, executive vice president & president and chief executive officer with the Power Generation Group, Dominion Energy, called the community college system “one of Virginia’s greatest inventions.” He also borrowed a passage from a 1903 Teddy Roosevelt speech to underscore the invaluable connection between higher education and opportunity.
“’Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Our purpose (as donors) is to make sure that prize – meaningful work – the best prize that life offers, remains within reach of every Virginian.’”

Samantha Scott, one of this year’s prestigious Valley Proteins, told the crowd of more than 200 people that the promising future now within her grasp would not have been possible had it not been for the generosity of her benefactor.
“Your generosity has inspired me in so many ways and on so many different levels. One day, I hope I will be able to help others achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

        Recipients of the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

BLUE RIDGE Mr. and Mrs. L. Ronald Smith
CENTRAL VIRGINIA Wells Fargo Bank- Lynchburg Region
DABNEY S. LANCASTER Temple Baptist Church and Ovella Worsham Estate
DANVILLE Anita J. Wyatt
EASTERN SHORE Virginia Space and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
GERMANNA Ed C. Dalrymple, Jr.
J SARGEANT REYNOLDS The Lipman Foundation
JOHN TYLER Mr. J. Richard and Mrs. Jeannine Commander
LORD FAIRFAX Nick and Kathy Nerangis
NEW RIVER Eddie and Kathy Hale
PATRICK HENRY The Martinsville Speedway and the Campbell Family
PAUL D CAMP Mrs. June Fleming
PIEDMONT Wendy Brown
RAPPAHANNOCK Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
SOUTHSIDE VA The Laughing Gull Foundation 
SOUTHWEST VA Dr. Charles R. King
THOMAS NELSON Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.

Elizabeth River Crossings, LLC

The Landmark Foundation

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS First Bank and Trust Company
VIRGINIA WESTERN Friendship Health & Living
WYTHEVILLE Charles G. Crockett
VFCCE Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Whitt


“Congratulations and thank you,” said Chancellor Glenn DuBois, “to these recipients whose support allows VCCS colleges to do more, serve more and be more for the families and businesses that count on us the most.”'

Virginia's Community Colleges

Created more than 50 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 270,000 students a year in credit and workforce courses.

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