United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley Grant to Support Students at Lord Fairfax Community College



HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – A Community Impact Grant from United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley has been awarded to the Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation.

The grant will help students facing challenges meet critical personal needs.

According to a press release from Lord Fairfax Community College, the $ 12,000 grant supports the Helping Hand Emergency Scholarship Fund, which helps students with immediate or urgent needs that could prevent them from completing their education or vocational training program. .

“One of the biggest challenges our students face is not committing to college, but struggling with financial stability from start to finish,” said Amber Foltz, Dean of Students at LFCC . “We know that the challenges our students face – cars breaking down, lack of reliable child care, evictions, hunger and access to mental health care, among others – are very real threats to ending the school year. ‘university.”

Caroline Wood, associate vice president of student services and tutoring at LFCC, said the college was grateful for the support.

“We see the United Way as a great partner to meet our students in the moment and help build momentum to get them to the finish line,” said Wood.

According to the press release, about 40% of LFCC students served by the college’s Middletown campus are considered underserved, meaning they belong to at least one of the following demographic groups: are a minority, are first generation students, are low-income, or live in a disadvantaged location.

Scholarships and cash grants can increase the likelihood of students graduating.

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