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The Harvest Foundation Selected for Chancellor's Philanthropy Award

April 24, 2019

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Richmond – The Virginia Community College System and Chancellor Glenn DuBois presented The Harvest Foundation with the 14th Annual Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy in Richmond on April 16. The foundation was nominated for the award by Patrick Henry Community College.

The Harvest Foundation was recognized along with two dozen other individuals, families, and businesses from around Virginia for their exceptional support of Virginia’s Community Colleges. The awards were presented at a luncheon sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education. As part of the award, each college will be given funds for the Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship, to be named in honor of the college’s 2019 Chancellor’s Award recipient.

“It is an honor to receive this recognition from Virginia’s Community Colleges,” said Allyson Rothrock, president of The Harvest Foundation. “Investing in education is a top priority for Harvest that moves our entire community forward. We’re proud to partner with Patrick Henry Community College, a vital resource in our region for higher education and workforce training.”

The Harvest Foundation has invested $8.9 million in programming at PHCC over the past two years. A $3.1 million grant, announced in 2017, created the SEED Fund. The three-year pilot program makes the first two years of college free of charge for all residents of Martinsville and Henry County graduating from high school and homeschool.

A $5.8 million grant, announced in 2018, focuses on satisfying local workforce needs and providing students with the right skills for credentials and sustainable careers. It also develops a partnership with Sovah Health to create a Clinical Simulation Lab for Nursing Education, located at the Sovah Health-Martinsville facility.  

DeWitt House, senior program officer at The Harvest Foundation, said working with PHCC enables Harvest to address an integral piece of Martinsville-Henry County’s growing economy.

“PHCC remains committed to developing the local workforce and breaking down barriers that will sustain the work,” House said. “We have been thoroughly impressed with the programming at the college and how the community has embraced the SEED Fund. We look forward to seeing how many lives we can impact in our community with the investment in education and workforce training at PHCC.”  

Officials at PHCC echoed the importance of the SEED Fund and its success in Martinsville and Henry County.  

“The economic ripple effect that our community will feel from this one generous donation will be profound,” says PHCC’s President Dr. Angeline Godwin. “Through the SEED Fund and the generosity of the Harvest Foundation, the doors have been thrown open for the young men and women in our community who never dreamed college could be in their future.”

Now in its 14th year, the Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy recognizes outstanding leaders who have helped support Virginia’s Community Colleges and their respective foundations. This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders contributed a combined total of more than $18 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Recipients of the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

BLUE RIDGE                                       Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth D. Bowman

CENTRAL VIRGINIA                           Donna Schewel Clark Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

DABNEY S. LANCASTER                   Stephen and Donna Vaughn

DANVILLE                                            Danville Kiwanis Club Foundation                                                                                                                                       Lions Club of Danville Foundation

EASTERN SHORE                              Tom and Page Young*

GERMANNA                                        Mary Jane Pitts O’Neill

J SARGEANT REYNOLDS                 Mitchell F. Haddon and Sabine Neumann

JOHN TYLER                                      Amsted Industries

LORD FAIRFAX                                   The Jenkins Family – Russell, Elta Rae, Rodney, Karen

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE                           Ralph T. and Shirley M. Fisher

NEW RIVER                                        Dr. and Mrs. Lee Wheeler

NORTHERN VIRGINIA                       Dr. Glenn Fatzinger

PATRICK HENRY                               The Harvest Foundation

PAUL D CAMP                                    Charles R. Henderson, Jr.,
                                                            Bank of America Foundation       

PIEDMONT                                         H. Gordon* and Mary Beth Smyth

RAPPAHANNOCK                              Rick and Sue Farmar

SOUTHSIDE VA                                 Microsoft                               

SOUTHWEST VA                               Mary W. Lawson

THOMAS NELSON                            Newport News Shipbuilding

TIDEWATER                                      Stanley Black & Decker

VIRGINIA HIGHLANDS                     David and Schéry Collins

VIRGINIA WESTERN                        Maury and Shiela Strauss Family

WYTHEVILLE                                    Floyd and Hilda Jonas

VFCCE                                               The Petters Family Foundation

*honored posthumously

About The Harvest Foundation: The Harvest Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2002 by the sale of Memorial Hospital. The foundation seeks to invest in community initiatives that support economic development within Martinsville and Henry County. To improve the community's health, educational opportunity and quality of life, Harvest will work to support organizations and projects that build and maintain economic prosperity. To date, the foundation has put more than $113 million in grant dollars back into the community and has an annual grants budget of roughly $10 million. To find out more about Harvest, visit www.theharvestfoundation.org.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 241,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through the Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. Learn how the Virginia Foundation for Community College is building the future of Virginia. Visit VFCCE.org.