Staff Contact:

Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations



DANVILLE, VA, August 24, 2015 – New scholarship opportunities await Danville Community College students who choose majors in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health (STEM-H) fields. The increase in the number of scholarships reflects the career placement potential for these graduates. Students interested in a career in a STEM-H field should apply now for scholarships.

“The DCC Educational Foundation has been very fortunate in that during and since the conclusion of the ‘Power of One’ – Major Gifts Campaign, additional STEM-H scholarships have been created by local businesses, individuals, and civic groups to fund educational opportunities for our students,? says Shannon Hair, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Development, and Executive Director of the DCC Educational Foundation.

One of the newest scholarships, established by Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) Corporation offers awards for students in the STEM-H programs of study. Tad Deriso, MBC President and CEO, says he is looking forward to providing educational opportunities for local community college students enrolled in what he describes as “next generation? careers.

“MBC wants to ensure that our region is prepared for current and future employment opportunities that are being made available by high-tech companies in Southern Virginia,? Deriso explains.

In addition, the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC) recently increased its STEM-H scholarship funding to DCC.

"The Tobacco Commission has been pleased that the community colleges have focused on training folks in the skills that are needed in the region and that provide economic opportunities for trained young people to remain in the region and raise a family,? says Senator Frank Ruff, Vice Chairman of the TRRC and Chair of the TRRC’s Education Committee. “For our region to prosper we need to attract good employers and to have a trained skilled workforce. Danville Community College continues to prove they can provide the relevant training needed for future success."

According to Hair, business, industry and community partners have taken note of DCC’s commitment to expand its STEM-H offerings and have responded by increased investments.

“Over the last three academic years, the investment made by the TRRC in STEM-H scholarships, in partnership with the DCC Educational Foundation, has more than doubled from $150,000 to $315,000 annually. These awards provide much needed tuition assistance to those students who live along the 58 corridor within the footprint of the TRCC,? Hair says.

Studies indicate that the number of jobs related to STEM-H is growing. However, the number of students majoring in these fields is not keeping pace. If this trend continues, the result is that American companies will not be able to find qualified workers and the U.S. will find it more difficult to compete in the global economy. Another concern facing the U.S. is the need for teachers skilled in educating students in the STEM-H fields. DCC is helping to meet this need by providing educational opportunities that will prepare students for STEM-H – whether they want to seek immediate employment after graduating from DCC or they want to continue their education at a four-year college or university.

For more information about STEM-H scholarship opportunities or to establish a STEM-H scholarship, contact Shannon Hair at 434.797.8495, For more information about STEM-H programs of study, email or contact the DCC Hotline at 434.797.8442.


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