Staff Contact:

Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



Tammy McKinney, Associate Professor of Practical Nursing, and Kolton's grandmother, is shown at the scholarship announcement with Buddy Rawley, Director of Development.

DANVILLE, VA, April 30, 2010 – A new scholarship fund has been established at Danville Community College by the family of Kolton Brim Karnes, the five year-old who drowned in an accident while fishing on the Dan River in April 2010. Buddy Rawley, Director of Development, said the scholarship will benefit students pursuing public safety careers such as Administration of Justice and Fire Science.

“We know that Kolton really wanted to be a fireman,? Rawley said. “We expect the Kolton Brim Karnes Memorial Scholarship to benefit a student studying fire science or administration of justice.?

To be eligible for the award, a student must be:
•an incoming first- or second-year student enrolling in or enrolled in Fire Science or Administration of Justice Programs, with preference given to students enrolled in Fire Science
•Scholastic achievement of at least a 3.0 grade point average
•Demonstrated concern for others with high ideals and good citizenship
•Demonstrated participation in community service

Rawley said plans are to endow a scholarship and make the first award in Fall Semester 2010, or Spring Semester 2011. The award amount will vary. Recipients will be chosen by the College Scholarship Committee.

“Kolton, even though he was five years old, has touched many people in this community and beyond. We feel that by honoring him through an endowed scholarship will keep that connection. We will be honoring him for decades to come,? Rawley said adding that donations have already been received by the DCC Educational Foundation.

Rawley explained that Kolton’s family has a history with Danville Community College. His grandmother, Tammy McKinney, is an Associate Professor of Nursing and program head for DCC’s practical nursing and registered nursing programs. His great grandfather, Claude Brim served as Buildings and Grounds Supervisors for 21 years until his retirement in 1988.

“With this connection to DCC, it was only logical that they (the family) would want to keep his memory alive by helping to further the educational goals of a DCC student,? Rawley added.

For more information about the Kolton Brim Karnes Memorial Scholarship at Danville Community College, or to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund, contact the DCC Educational Foundation, 1008 South Main Street, Danville, VA. 24541; or phone Rawley at 434.797.8495, or click here.

About the College: Danville Community College is a two-year institution of higher education under the statewide Virginia Community College System. DCC’s service area includes the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Halifax County. The College, its employees, and students are governed by the policies established by the State Board for Community Colleges with the support and advice of the Danville Community College Board. The College offers programs of study that lead directly to employment or transfer to four-year colleges or universities.


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