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Dominion Energy Announces Inaugural Class of Fellows at Virginia’s Community Colleges

 

Thirteen college students from military families across Virginia will receive full tuition and other assistance as Dominion Energy Fellows attending Virginia’s Community Colleges. These thirteen students are the first to benefit from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation’s grant to the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).

Transforming Students Into Leaders

The $300,000 two-year grant establishes the Dominion Energy Fellows Program to support military-connected students at Virginia’s Community Colleges who are within one year of completing their studies. Active-duty service members, veterans, as well as their spouses and dependents are eligible to receive this fellowship.

2019-2020 Dominion Energy Fellows
The 2019-2020 Dominion Energy Fellows

The inaugural class of Dominion Energy Fellows completes a group of 43 total Fellows offered through the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. Out of more than 280,000 people who attend Virginia’s Community Colleges each year, only a handful of second-year students are selected for a Fellows program.

This Fellows program provides full tuition, book expenses, fees, and opportunities to participate in a unique curriculum of intellectual and cultural activities. A cornerstone of the program is a commitment to community engagement.  Each Fellow will volunteer 80 hours of service during the academic year to strengthen their leadership skills and develop a strong foundation for future success.

One Cohort, Many Interests

The 2019-2020 Class of Dominion Energy Fellowship recipients are students throughout Virginia who have a wide variety of career goals and academic majors. They include:

  • Corinna Carr of Newport News who attends John Tyler Community College. She is a military spouse pursuing a degree in Business with a long-term career goal to serve in hospital administration.

  • Ryan Miller of Herndon who attends Northern Virginia Community College and majors in Science. Miller is a U.S. Air Force veteran pursuing a career in electrical engineering.
     
  • Katrina Duff of Bumpass, a mother of four and the spouse of a disabled veteran. She is working on her Nursing degree at Germanna Community College and plans to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Old Dominion University.
Corrina Carr participates in discussion during a Fellows orientation filled with leadership workshops and networking opportunities.

Dominion Grant Reaches More Than Just Fellows

The Dominion Energy grant will also provide Military Student Success Funds to support military-connected students with expenses outside of tuition and standard fees, such as specific program costs, books, needed materials, and technology. These supplements can also help with food, housing, and other emergency situations that may keep a student from attending class.

The Veterans Resource Centers will allocate the funding at seven of Virginia’s Community Colleges: Germanna in Fredericksburg; Reynolds and John Tyler in the Richmond area; Northern Virginia; Tidewater; Thomas Nelson on the Virginia Peninsula; and Virginia Western in Roanoke.

“Virginia’s Community Colleges have a strong support system in place for our military-connected students, from our Credits2Careers initiative which translates military service into college credits to our Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising, and Success program at seven community colleges. This grant is a powerful recognition of the growing needs of this important population to the future of Virginia,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “We appreciate the continued partnership of Dominion Energy in fueling student success across Virginia.”

The application for the 2020-2021 Dominion Energy Fellowship opens in March, 2020.