Since October 20, 2010, the United States Department of Education has celebrated National Financial Aid Day on the third Wednesday of that month. This is set aside as a special day to recognize and celebrate the contributions, commitment, and accomplishments of financial aid professionals across the United States, and a time to reflect on the hard work of those dedicated to helping students achieve their dreams through kindness, guidance, advocacy, and the essential number crunching.
On the third Wednesday of October just past, the 19th, Rappahannock Community College’s financial aid staff did their best to make applying for financial aid fun. RCC librarian Dan Ream graciously opened both campus libraries and their computers to students completing the 2017-18 online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), and the Financial Aid Office organized a four-hour event including games, prizes, and lunch as well as advice and counseling. Over 80 students attended, with 49 FAFSAs submitted for the academic year that begins next August. Some who had not yet applied for any financial aid were still able to submit the 2016-17 FAFSA, in time for help with the upcoming Spring semester.
Sherika Charity, coordinator of financial aid and veterans’ affairs, thanks the numerous participating local vendors and community members for helping to make the event so successful, describing them as “a strong, caring, supportive community who are just as concerned as we are that our students realize their dreams.” These were Anna’s Restaurant in Glenns; Applebee’s and the Roma Italian Restaurant in Tappahannock; Seven-Eleven, McDonald’s, and Anna’s Restaurant in Warsaw; Nick’s Steak House in West Point; and the Follett Bookstore, with locations on both RCC campuses. Also, David Johnston, who created the “Incredible Wheel of Fortune”; Old Dominion University, which maintains an office at RCC; RCC’s Student Activities and Dual Enrollment offices; and a number of “behind the scenes” helpers who kept things running smoothly.
Two grand prize winners were announced at each campus. At Glenns, they were Destiny Davis of King and Queen County and Betsy Taylor of Middlesex County, and at Warsaw, Sofia Ramos of Northumberland County and Megan Austin of Essex County. A contest to guess the number of candy corn pieces in a jar was won at Warsaw by David Bayard of Middlesex County, who guessed exactly right, while at Glenns, Christopher Dunn of Essex County missed by only two pieces. Finally, Geraldine Veney of Richmond County won the Word Scramble game.
The Financial Aid Office will continue assisting students with the FAFSA submission process, with prizes for those who complete the forms by December 1. To make an appointment, call 804-758-6737 (Glenns) or 804-333-6743 (Warsaw), or simply visit the office on either campus.