Barnes Golf Tournament Supports Scholarships for WCC Student Veterans
Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation in partnership with the Appalachian Warrior Foundation raised more than $5,000 to support student veterans at WCC during the third annual “Dr. Thomas L. Barnes Veteran Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament” on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at the Wytheville Golf Club.
Eleven teams played in the Captain’s Choice tournament, and the winning team included Aaron Black, David Crockett, Laura Davis, and Jake Sinclair. The winners were presented with trophies and a round of golf at the Wytheville Golf Club.
Proceeds from this tournament support the “Appalachian Warrior Foundation Scholarship Fund in Honor of Dr. Thomas L. Barnes” at WCC, a scholarship that helps students who are veterans of the U.S. military. The fund also recognizes the outstanding service of Dr. Barnes and was established to provide a permanent endowment to be used to provide financial assistance to military veteran students enrolled at WCC.
Dr. Barnes served as the Dean of Students at WCC from 1972-2004 and was the Director of Veteran Affairs for WCC. Dr. Barnes served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1964-2002 and retired as a Naval Captain, holding many high ranking positions at duty stations around the world. Dr. Barnes led and managed various activities in Wytheville and surrounding county communities, and served as President of the Wytheville Lions Club. The Appalachian Warrior Foundation was founded by Mr. Andrew Barnes, Dr. Barnes’ son, who is also a Wytheville native, WCC graduate, and a military veteran of the U.S Navy Reserves.
Over the past three years, the tournament has raised more than $17,000 for student scholarships, and students are already benefiting. One of those scholars, Jayson Harmon, received the award for 2016. Harmon served as a truck driver in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and was deployed to Iraq for seven months in 2008. He returned to WCC to pursue professional training as an electrician.
Sponsorships for the 2017 tournament included: Tournament Sponsors—Dr. Tom Barnes & Bernadette Black and Waste Industries USA; Associate Sponsors—Mark & Jenni Tulli of Cardiac and Vascular Institute in Florida and Merrily Copenhaver & Robb Simms; Green Sponsor—Senator Bill Carrico; Hole Sponsors— Appalachian Warrior Foundation, Rhonda Catron-Wood & Noel Wood, Nathan Frantz, Fred Hecklinger, Clayton Horne, David Horne, John Jones, Mobile Modular Portable Storage, Mount Rogers Community Service Board, Peking Restaurant, Petals of Wytheville, Patrick Pless, Anne Sluder, Marty Thorsen, Richard & Nancy Underwood, Rol Walters, and Wytheville Office Supply. Other financial support and donations were provided by Wytheville Golf Club, Gatorade, Roger Chiou, Jesse Dewing, Nathan Frantz, Kathy Havens, Kenny Irvin, Stacey & Renee Thomas, and Roger Worrell.
For more information about the event or the scholarship, please contact the WCC Educational Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (276)223-4771 or go online to www.wcc.vccs.edu/golf-tournament.
The WCC Educational Foundation manages over 175 different scholarship endowments and funds, as well as the Wythe-Bland Foundation Scholarship program and the WCC Forging Futures Scholarship program. For more information about the WCC Educational Foundation, the WCC Scholarship Foundation, or student scholarship opportunities at WCC, please contact Dr. Rhonda K. Catron-Wood, Vice President of College Development, at (276)223-4772.
PHOTO #1: Tournament Winners: (L to R) David Crockett, Jake Sinclair, Laura Davis and Aaron Black