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Community College Philanthropists Honored with 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy

Micron Technology of Manassas has earned the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Nominated by Northern Virginia Community College, the award was given at a luncheon ceremony at the Country Club of Virginia on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the 10th annual event honors leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Northern Virginia Community College and its foundation are very appreciative of the many contributions that Micron has made to its SySTEMic Solutions program, Summer Robotics, training programs and general support of the College and its foundation for nearly ten years.  We are proud to have partnered with Micron for so many years to strengthen and improve the quality of life in our region.

In her keynote remarks, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe said, “I applaud you for being recognized today but I challenge you to think of this as a beginning, not an end. Like you, I think our community colleges might just be capable of doing anything. But they cannot do it alone.”

VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois said “we pay tribute to fellow Virginians who, through leadership, partnership and wise philanthropy, are helping us address the commonwealth’s unmet needs in higher education and workforce development. These distinguished individuals are sharing with us from their hearts, from their hands and from their experiences. They give of themselves,” he said.

Tiffany Riggs, who received a Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship last year that honored philanthropy leaders Valley Proteins Inc., said she had no idea how she could ever afford college. “Because of the generosity of all the amazing people in here, that has changed. The scholarship from Wells Fargo has not only helped me pay for my classes this year, but it has changed my life.”

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.