Employees of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College have created a scholarship to honor retiring President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. The scholarship administered through the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation is part of the 2020 Vision Major Gifts Campaign. Tomblin, the driving force behind the fundraising effort, created the campaign to sustain the college and provide more opportunities to students. The fundraising campaign has raised $16.4 million through community donations, Foundations, and grants.
The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. announces the availability of the Appalachian Regional Commission Scholarship for displaced coal miners and their immediate family members. This is a “needs‐based” scholarship for students who have been adversely impacted by the downturn of the coal industry in the West Virginia counties of Boone, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mingo, and Wyoming. The students must demonstrate a financial need for tuition, textbooks, supplies, or other miscellaneous costs. The amount of the scholarship award will vary depending on the financial need.
The annual Scholarship Honor Reception was recently held by The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation, Inc. The event is held to recognize the generosity of donors and the success of those students receiving scholarships. For their continuous support, recognition plaques were presented to: Word of Life Church, Linda and Willie Akers, and William “Tank” Williams. David LaMotte was guest speaker. He spoke on how any individual could be the change we want to see in the world. Scholarship recipients were recognized in a short video.
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College President Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and Vice President of Development Ronald Lemon recently released updated totals for the Vision 2020 Major Gifts Campaign. Since the inception of the campaign, a grand total of $16.4 million in fundraising dollars has been raised through community donations, Foundations, and grants. Southern employees have donated over $250,000. The Foundation has distributed $2.2 in scholarships since 2007 and provided over $700,000 to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in aid and educational support.
Foundation Vice President and LB&T President Eddie Canterbury presents the Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation with a check to support the Adult Basic Education/Eddie Canterbury Scholarship. The recipient of the scholarship must be a G.E.D. recipient. The scholarship was established by Canterbury and is awarded annually to students who have received their G.E.D. This scholarship recognizes the importance and value of adult basic education and in assisting students obtain a higher education.

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