The 2017-18 Rappahannock Community College (RCC) Impact Report (December 2018), states that assets of the RCC Educational Foundation, Inc. have reached more than $11.2 million.
College President Dr. Elizabeth H. Crowther commented, “The Foundation assets have grown significantly over the last 15 years, which is extraordinary considering that much of that time we experienced an economic recession. The philanthropic support of our area residents and businesses continues to amaze me.”
In 2003, the RCC Educational Foundation had $1.7 million in assets and grew to $11.2 million in 2018—an increase that results in a direct impact on students. In 2003, the Foundation provided $109,000 in scholarships and for this past academic year it provided close to $600,000 in scholarships to more than 300 students.
President Crowther elaborates, “We want to make it possible for any student with the ability and desire to learn to attend and receive an award from RCC through scholarships and state and federal financial aid programs such as Pell and WIOA.”
Student Mariyah Bland, an aspiring nurse from King George County, tells her story in the 2017-18 RCC Impact Report. “I took college English as a dual enrollment student in high school. I was able to work at my own pace and take online classes. Now I’m working on my nursing prerequisites as an RCC freshman.”
Bland is paying for her program with an RCC scholarship. “I stress about paying for classes. The great thing about RCC is that they want me to graduate without debt.”
The scholarship application for the 2019-20 academic year is open until February 15, 2019. Students need to complete just one online application (www.rappahannock.edu/scholarships) to qualify for more than 100 different scholarships earmarked specifically for RCC students.
If you are interested in learning more about how to establish a scholarship, go to: www.rappahannock.edu/scholarships or contact Sarah Pope, RCC EFI Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-333-6705.