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Friday, July 7, 2017

Hursts Establish New Career Scholarship at WCC

The Wytheville Community College Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the “William J. and Diane U. Hurst New Career Scholarship Endowment” by William “Bill” and Diane Hurst.

“Mr. and Mrs. Hurst have been long-time supporters of Wytheville Community College (WCC) and previously established two other endowments that provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors planning to attend WCC,” explained Dr. Rhonda Catron-Wood, WCC Vice President of College Development. “This new scholarship is designed to encourage and assist non-traditional age WCC students. Such students may not have had the opportunity to attend college directly after completing high school, may have worked in a career field but then recognized the need to pursue a new career path, or may now be in a position to advance in their career through further education.”

Interest earned from the investment of endowment funds will be used to award scholarships to WCC students who are enrolled in an approved program--either a credit program or non-credit workforce training program. It is anticipated that the first scholarship will be awarded for Spring Semester 2018. The WCC Educational Foundation will accept scholarship applications beginning in September.

“We are very grateful to the Hursts for recognizing the needs of people within our communities and for making an investment in helping these individuals have the financial means to get an education and improve their lives,” said Dr. Dean Sprinkle, WCC President.  “There are often people who would like to pursue new career opportunities but just don’t have the financial resources to do so. This new Hurst scholarship addresses this need and will help such students be able to afford costs such as tuition, textbooks, and other educational expenses.”

The WCC Educational Foundation will manage the scholarship endowment. For more information about contributing to this endowment, establishing a separate endowment, or supporting other projects at WCC, please contact Catron-Wood at 276-223-4772 or foundation@wcc.vccs.edu. The WCC Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible as allowable by IRS guidelines.

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