For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2021
Primary Media Contact:
Public Relations Specialist
More students will be able to receive an Laurel Ridge education thanks to the generosity of area individuals, businesses, nonprofits and even college employees. Their generosity – representing $130,000 in total giving – has enabled the Laurel Ridge Educational Foundation to establish nine brand-new scholarships this year.
“We are very grateful to donors in our community who invest in our students and our college through scholarships,” says Laurel Ridge Foundation Executive Director Liv Heggoy. “Many of our students are working, going to college, and raising a family. Our younger students are trying to save for the cost of university tuition after they transfer.”
The newly-established scholarships are:
Axalta Bright Futures Scholarship
As a long-time employer in Front Royal, Axalta is committed to helping local students from diverse backgrounds become the next generation of scientists, engineers, and manufacturers. The company’s scholarship will support students who are enrolled in STEM or trades programs, as well as residents of Warren County, first-generation students, and those with financial need.
Kerry and Stephen Kilpatrick are both community college graduates, and Kerry is a librarian at the Fauquier Campus. Their scholarship will support a full- or part-time student, and preference will be given to students with financial need.
Dual Enrollment Scholarship for Fauquier and Rappahannock County
The scholarship will support high school students in Fauquier and Rappahannock counties who are enrolled in college-level courses through Laurel Ridge and have financial need.
John R. Rice Memorial Scholarship
Established by the Nerangis Management Corp., this scholarship honors the legacy of John Rice and his 40-year career with McDonald’s. It will support students enrolled at the Middletown Campus who are employed at an eligible McDonald’s restaurant (two in Front Royal and six in Winchester owned by the Nerangis Management Corp.).
Judy Fogle Teacher Education Scholarship
Established by the Virginia Beta Iota Chapter (Winchester) of Alpha Delta Kappa – an international honorary sorority for women educators – this scholarship supports students who are enrolled in Laurel Ridge’s education program and plan to pursue an education degree at a four-year college or university.
Navy Federal Credit Union Scholarship
With an operations center in Winchester, NFCU is pleased to support students enrolled at Laurel Ridge, particularly those who have demonstrated a commitment to service and leadership, and those with financial need. Additional criteria include a preference for active-duty military, veterans, or military dependents.
Patrick Allen Duff Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Established by Laurel Ridge Professor Brent L. Kendrick, this scholarship honors the legacy of Allen Duff, who was an educator and a certified surgical technologist, most recently with Valley Health’s Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. The scholarship will support students enrolled in the health sciences, with preference given to those enrolled in the surgical technologist program.
Physical Therapist Assistant Scholarship
Students enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program will benefit from this scholarship, thanks to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education and the generosity of Page County resident Patricia Dougans. Preference will be given to Page County residents.
William C. “Bill” Daniel (’91) Dual Enrollment Scholarship
The scholarship will support high school students who are enrolled in college-level courses through Laurel Ridge and have financial need, with first preference given to Clarke County High School students. Established by Mary Costello Daniel, this scholarship honors Bill Daniel’s service to Laurel Ridge on the College Board and his dedication to students throughout his 30-year career in education.
For more information about these scholarships or the Laurel Ridge Foundation’s scholarship program, please contact Laurel Ridge Foundation Executive Director Liv Heggoy at 540-868-4091 or [email protected]
The Laurel Ridge Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To make a gift to support scholarships, please visit laurelridge.edu/donate.
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.