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Thank you to all who make scholarships possible

By BY JENNIFER YANCEY
July 11, 2012 at 2:11 a.m.

Jennifer Yancey

As Victoria College gets ready for the fall semester, I want to congratulate our recent graduates for all their hard work and dedication. We are proud of the commitment and perseverance each student has shown in attaining their educational goals.

I invite you to take a look at VC's special section in today's newspaper, which recognizes recent graduates from Victoria and the surrounding communities.

Additionally, today's insert highlights nine exceptional students who have been awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award and who will each receive a $4,000 scholarship. You will also get a chance to meet our "What's Your Story?" scholarship winners who have overcome obstacles and are now on the path to earn a college degree.

We recognize that paying for college is a critical issue for many students, and making college affordable is one of our top priorities. This is why we are grateful that the VC Foundation and generous donors from the community establish and support scholarships. The value of scholarships is immeasurable. Without such financial support, there are countless students who would not be able to attend college.

The Victoria College Foundation will award more than $340,000 in scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. This overwhelming success is due to the generosity of contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations that support Victoria College.

"It is truly rewarding to see the value that our community places on education and training, and it is heartwarming to see the difference a gift to the VC Foundation makes in the lives of local students," said Dr. Ruth Constant, president of the VC Foundation. "Our scholarship recipients are very deserving, and we are extremely proud of each of them. We are so thankful for our scholarship donors and their willingness to help make students' educational dreams come true."

Our region is fortunate to have leaders such as Dr. Constant, along with all the members of the VC Foundation Board of Directors, who are committed to supporting higher education.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, the VC Foundation is able to provide scholarships, enhance learning opportunities for students, and assist in supporting projects that enrich lives and the vitality of the Crossroads region.

Jennifer Yancey is the vice president of College Advancement and External Affairs at Victoria College.

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