|Sisters Receive DSLCC Scholarships|
Clifton Forge, VA (August 5, 2010) - The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation has awarded scholarships to twin sisters, Hannah and Olivia Kelley of Covington. The awards will assist with tuition and book expenses for one year at DSLCC and are part of more than $85,000 the Educational Foundation has awarded in merit and need-based scholarships for the 2010â€“2011 academic year. The daughters of Michael and Susan Kelley, they are 2008 graduates of Alleghany High School and are students in the second year of the DSLCC Nursing program.
Dorothy Ayers Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Walter L. and Marie P. Johnson Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Hannah Kelley has received the Dorothy Ayers Memorial Nursing Scholarship and the Walter L. and Marie P. Johnson Memorial Nursing Scholarship.
Dorothy Ayers was filled with understanding and compassion and was dedicated to helping others. The scholarship was established by her husband and children in memory of Mrs. Ayers as a means of continuing her legacy and her love of learning. In addition to her family and work commitments at Callaghan Elementary School, Mrs. Ayers was very active in her church and volunteered her time with several civic organizations. Continuing
Nursing Scholarships/Kelley Sisters education was very important to her, and she took every opportunity to encourage people of all ages to read, study, and continue learning anything and everything they could.
Lydia Johnson Stagnaro, originally of Clifton Forge, established the Walter L. & Marie P. Johnson Memorial Scholarship in memory of her parents, long-time Clifton Forge residents, to provide financial assistance to worthy and promising students enrolled in the DSLCC Nursing Program.
Kelley says that she really enjoys helping and taking care of others and has always known she wanted to be a nurse. While still in high school, she was a teen volunteer at Alleghany Regional Hospital for several years and received her Certified Nursing Assistant license in the twelfth grade. After completing studies for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing next May and receiving her Registered Nurse licensure, Kelley plans to continue her education at a four-year college or university, where she will pursue a Bachelors Degree in Nursing.
Kelley is a member of Faith Baptist Church. She contributes time to local service organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Alleghany Highlands Christmas Mother Program.
Martha P. and Clyde E. Griffith Memorial Nursing Scholarship
A Carter Scholarship and the Martha P. and Clyde E. Griffith Memorial Nursing Scholarship have been awarded to Olivia Kelley.
The Carter Scholarships were established by a bequest from Marjorie Carter McCarthy of Covington made in memory of her sisters, Mary Lee Carter Hubbard, Raeburn Carter Stull, Margaret Carter Hepler, and herself. Mrs. McCarthy, a native of Alleghany County, was a 1925 graduate of Covington High School. After receiving a degree in
education from Farmville State Teacherâ€™s College, now Longwood University, she taught French, English and history at Millboro High School in Bath County for seven years.
Education was an important focus of the Carter and McCarthy families. Everyone in Mrs. McCarthyâ€™s family, except her mother, was a teacher at some time in their life; even her father taught school for several years before enrolling in medical school.
Mrs. McCarthyâ€™s bequest honors the Carter familyâ€™s dedication to life-long learning and to helping people through education. Each year, outstanding graduating seniors from Alleghany, Bath, and Covington High Schools who make DSLCC their college of choice are invited to apply for Carter Scholarships.
Clyde â€śGrifâ€ť and Martha â€śPetieâ€ť Griffith moved to Clifton Forge in January 1949 and spent their lives serving others as a way of living their Christian faith. To continue this tradition, and to honor their parentsâ€™ love and dedication to their community and its citizens, their children established the Martha P. and Clyde E. Griffith Memorial Nursing Book scholarship to show the familyâ€™s gratitude for the exceptional care and compassion shown to them by the Alleghany Regional Hospital nursing staff, several of whom were DSLCC graduates, during their parentsâ€™ hospitalizations.
Those who know Kelley say that she is a â€śnaturalâ€ť for the nursing profession as she is a compassionate individual who looks out for those who are less fortunate. She, too, was a teen volunteer at Alleghany Regional Hospital during her high school years After receiving an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing next May and receiving her Registered Nurse Licensure, Kelley plans to work in a health care facility close to home while continuing studies for a Bachelors Degree in Nursing at a four-year college or university.
Kelley is a member of Faith Baptist Church and has been employed by Covington Chiropractic for one year. She serves her community by volunteering with such organizations as the Salvation Army and the Alleghany Highlands Christmas Mother Program.
Dedicated to helping local citizens prepare for fulfilling careers and bright futures, the non-profit Educational Foundation awards thousands of dollars in scholarships each year to students from the collegeâ€™s service area. These scholarships are available not only to graduating high school senior, but also to students who have completed at least one year of study at DSLCC (minimum 24 credit hours) and non-traditional studentsâ€”students who did not immediately pursue a post-secondary education immediately upon graduation from high school but who now wish to enroll in DSLCC to gain marketable job skills, facilitate their career advancement or to successfully change career paths. After graduation from DSLCC, many students remain in the local service area and build successful and rewarding careers.
To learn how you can help the DSLCC Educational Foundation â€śBuild Futuresâ€¦Build Livesâ€¦Build Hopeâ€ť for area citizens, contact Lynda Thompson by phone at 863-2837, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or access the foundationâ€™s website at www.dslcc.edu.