For Immediate Release:
July 7, 2015
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
Laurel Ridge Community College student, Tiffany Riggs, is one of nine students in the Commonwealth of Virginia to receive The Valley Proteins Fellows Program Scholarship. The program, which began with the 2011-2012 class, is now in its fifth year and is made possible through a generous donation by Valley Proteins, Inc., based in Winchester, VA. Only extraordinary second-year students attending a Virginia Community College can be selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. This prestigious scholarship awards up to $5,000 for tuition, books, fees and expenses. In addition to the generous award, the Fellows Program provides recipients with the opportunity to share in special experiences to enhance their academic and leadership potential.
Fellows are selected on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, leadership potential, and financial need. To date, 36 Fellows have completed the program, earned their associate degree and continued on to colleges and universities.
Riggs is a resident of Fort Valley, VA and started her journey with Lord Fairfax as a dual enrolled student. She is active in sports, forensics, and student government at Laurel Ridge. She is working toward an Associate of Arts and Science Degree in Business Administration.
Dr. Cheryl Thompson-Stacy, Laurel Ridge President said, “Tiffany Riggs is an exceptional Laurel Ridge student. She is engaged in many student organizations including our student government association and provides leadership to our student body. I am not surprised that she was chosen for this prestigious statewide program given her academic and student engagement success at Lord Fairfax. I am very proud of Tiffany and know that she will represent Laurel Ridge extremely well.”
The 2015-2016 class of Fellows includes students from Reynolds Community College, Eastern Shore Community College, Laurel Ridge Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, and Thomas Nelson Community College.
For information on the Valley Proteins Fellows and other scholarship opportunities offered through the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, visit http://www.vccs.edu/giving/scholarships.
Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With three locations — Middletown, Warrenton, and Luray-Page County — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.
Laurel Ridge Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees. Laurel Ridge Community College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities. Laurel Ridge shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment. Inquiries may be directed to the Associate Vice President, Human Resources, [email protected], 173 Skirmisher Lane, Middletown, VA 22645, 540-868-7226.
Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.