As a little girl growing up in rural Giles County, Helena wanted to be a doctor. By the time she entered high school, everything had begun to change. "My junior year, I said, 'There's no way I can go to college.' Then I met my RVHI coach and she became my everything—from financial aid and finding the right program to helping me get back on track when my dad died. Because of her, I know I can do this."
Helena, Health Sciences Major
New River Community College
"We want to see all Virginians moving forward. Investing in people who want to work, who want to be productive, is the right thing to do."
Michael Smith, Vice President of Valley Proteins
"Great Expectations expands educational opportunities and offers hope for a brighter future to an important group of deserving and disadvantaged young Virginians: youth transitioning out of the foster care system."
Anne Holton, Former Great Expectations Program Director and Former First Lady of Virginia
"Knowing that you have help means a great deal to someone like me who can see the future, but is not able to afford the path to get there."
Lisa Mullins, Davenport Fellow
"We want to give people who may not have thought they had a future in higher education an opportunity to earn family-sustaining wages."
Karen Barrs, EquipVA
"The biggest thing young people need is some kind of support. Somebody who can say, 'I believe in you, and I can help.'"
Barbara Fried, Great Expectations Program Founder
"Scholarships are a powerful vote of confidence that can spur talented students to unimagined heights—especially those young people who do not have a family history of attending college."
Gaye Montgomery, VFCCE Board Member
"We've all had days when a kind word or an unexpected smile from a stranger makes our day. I like to think that VFCCE scholarships go one step farther to 'make the day' for our students by making their dreams of attending college possible."
Karen Petersen, Former VCCS Executive Vice Chancellor
"Most people don’t realize how little it takes to change a student’s life."
Eleanor Saslaw, Virginia State Board for Community Colleges
"A gift to the Foundation empowers and changes lives."
Dorcas Helfant-Browning, Former VFCCE Board Chair