Scholarship recipientsSarah Pope

Scholarship Recipients Recognized

The Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation, Inc. (RCC EFI) hosted its annual President’s Scholarship Recognition Program and Reception at the RCC Glenns campus on October 12, 2021.  293 RCC students received close to $400,000 in competitive scholarships for the 21-22 academic year.

Dr. Rob Gates, President of the RCC EFI Board of Directors, kicked-off the evening by welcoming guests and talking about why he and his wife Beverly established the Gates-Rex Endowed Scholarship.  “Beverly and I share a passion for education and established the scholarship to honor the lives of Beverly’s parents, Walter E. and Florence P. Rex.  The award provides tuition assistance to RCC students studying business management.”

RCC EFI Executive Director Sarah Pope recognized scholarship donors attending the event with a special recognition to those donors who the joined RCC giving family in 2021:

  • The Elizabeth Spencer Mulholland Endowed Nursing Scholarship, was established by Jerry and Elizabeth Mulholland. The daughter of a dairy farmer in Derbyshire, England, Mrs. Mulholland attended the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.  She came to the U.S. in 1963, became a Registered Nurse (RN) and nursed for over 44 years in this country. Recently she met some Westmoreland graduates of the Rappahannock Community College Nursing Program and became interested in supporting future graduates of Westmoreland to fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse.
  • The Elmyra Burch Mitchell Nursing Scholarship was established by the Mickey Mitchell Teese Family, to honor the life of wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother Elmyra Burch Mitchell, who graduated from Lewis-Gale School of Nursing in 1942, and had a long career in the nursing profession in Roanoke, Virginia. Mitchell passed away in 2018 at the age of 98.
  • Carolyn Lemon, a long-time RCC Educational Foundation Board member, recently established the CAL Scholarship for a student in participating the TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program. The TRiO SSS program is designed to motivate and support students who have been historically underrepresented on college campuses and are pursuing a college degree. The program serves a personal guide through the educational process at RCC to success.

Scholarship recipients stood as Dr. David Keel, RCC Dean of Student Development, read out their names and the awards that they received.  Keynote speaker Avis Hackett-Fortune, Class of 2019, provided inspirational words to the students on perseverance.  The event ended with a thank you video from the scholarship recipients to the donors.

The listing of students and donors can be viewed at:

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