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Scholarship carries more “weight” than paperweight

Americans spend November in a spirit of Thanksgiving. So it’s fitting that Virginia’s Community Colleges spent November in a spirit of thanks, too.

Earlier this month, the foundation on behalf of Virginia’s Community Colleges made a special, surprise announcement and gift  — the Eva T. Hardy Endowed Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.

Spearheaded by friends and colleagues who wanted to thank her for her years of service to the Commonwealth, the gift represents a lasting legacy that will provide higher education opportunity to future Virginians.

As Governor Baliles said in a video tribute to Mrs. Hardy – “an engraved paperweight or plaque just didn’t seem enough.”

Here’s Governor Baliles: 

And here’s the honor roll of Virginians who supported the scholarship effort: 

As just one of her many civic, philanthropic and corporate activities, Mrs. Hardy has served as a member of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, helping steer a group dedicated to increasing the availability of higher education opportunity for all Virginians.

She spoke at the recent Annual Meeting of Virginia’s Community Colleges, reflecting on the beginnings of the Virginia Community College System and the “remarkable political achievement” it represented.  In today’s climate — just like in the 1960s when the system was created — she said:

we must act upon the conditions and make the case for what community colleges do for Virginia. These schools are the portal through which Virginia reaches the world…and through which the world reaches Virginia.

The scholarship in Eva T. Hardy’s name will continue to open the door of opportunity, and be a living legacy for a model of public service to Virginia.


Success in school marked way out of foster care for Andrew Bridge

Making sure the youth in foster care get a good education is crucial to their future, Andrew Bridge told Richmond Times Dispatch reporter Karen Kapsidelis.

The newspaper quotes Bridge as saying,

And sadly, we don’t do that right now.

Hope's BoyThe best-selling author will be sharing details about his life growing out of foster care at the Great Expectations Education Forum Saturday at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.  The event, which features Bridge along with First Lady Anne Holton, begins at 10:30 a.m.

In an advance to the event published in today’s Richmond Times Dispatch, Bridge said he received a sense of worth from doing well in school. Bridge said in the newspaper report:

The Great Expectations initiative of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is all about helping foster youth make a successful transition into life after foster care by providing services including academic and workforce services at Virginia’s Community Colleges.

First Lady Anne Holton will be moderating a discussion among foster care youth at the event. She has had a keen interest in foster care and families through her For Keeps initiative.

The event is open to the public, although registration is requested at GreatExpectations.vccs.edu.

New Scholarship Honors Former Governor

Former Governor Gerald BalilesThe Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has named the first-ever recipients of a new, statewide scholarship:  The Gerald L. Baliles Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.

Established in 2007 through private donations, the scholarships honor former Governor Baliles’ career in public service and his contributions to higher education in Virginia.

Terry Oakes, of Collinsville, and Vicky Thomas, of Bassett, are the two recipients of the scholarships this year. The two non-traditional students have both wanted to pursue a new career in nursing, but have lacked the resources to do so.

The two students, who will each receive $2,500, have something else in common: they both attend Patrick Henry Community College.

Read the news release for more information on these scholarship winners.