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SWCC Receives Virginia Tobacco Commission Grants

Southwest Virginia Community College was recently presented with $420,000 in grants from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for scholarships to qualifying SWCC students.  In addition, Southwest was a part of a Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) award and will receive an additional $50,000 for a new initiative, "GED to College," to raise educational attainment levels in the Tobacco Region. The total for these recent awards comes to $470,000.
"These additional funds will provide a means for students, who meet the qualifications for the scholarship, to receive a college education," said Dr. J. Mark Estepp, president of SWCC. The college strives to assist all who can benefit from a college education. Southwest has one of the largest foundations in the VCCS and was able to offer over 600 scholarships to SWCC students last year alone.
"Tobacco Commission funds will be used to provide scholarships for tuition for students from targeted populations with financial needs in Buchanan, Dickenson (partial), Tazewell, and Russell Counties," said Phyllis Roberts, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at SWCC.
Those targeted populations include:  tobacco growers, producers, or quota owners, their spouse or children; or, former employees of the tobacco processing industry in Virginia; or dislocated, unemployed, underemployed, and educationally disadvantaged adults; or students who meet SWCC's AIM Scholar Program eligibility criteria (graduation from a regional high school with a 3.0 GPA).

Students meeting the above eligibility criteria are eligible for scholarship assistance for 3-18 credit hours per semester. Awards are made on a semester-by-semester basis.
AIMS scholars are local students who qualify to attend up to two years of college without paying any tuition out of pocket.
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