Ferrum College Celebrates 30% Increase in Giving; Finishes Year with Over $2.5 Million Raised

7/13/2021 by The VCF Board

Ferrum College raised over $2.5 million this fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), surpassing last year’s total by more than $600,000. In addition to the increase in overall fundraising, the College is also celebrating an uptick in its Arthur Society members, its leadership giving society for individuals and businesses who contribute over $1,000 annually. Read more about Ferrum’s giving… Read More

Former Rector of Virginia Tech, John Rocovich Receives Dr. William E. Pearson Service Award

6/30/2021 by The VCF Board

ROANOKE, VA – The Virginia College Fund is thrilled to have awarded John Rocovich, former Rector of Virginia Tech, with the Dr. William E. Pearson Service Award for his outstanding service and contribution to The Virginia College Fund on Wednesday, June 23 at their 56th annual board meeting hosted by Woods Rodgers PLC in Roanoke, Virginia.

The Dr. William E. Pearson… Read More

Some College Graduates Paid to Live in Southwest or Southside VA

4/30/2021 by The VCF Board

The Tobacco Commission (Virginia Tobacco Region and Revitalization Commission) has come up with a program that does not involve pork-barrel grants.

Two of the problems afflicting the area served by the Commission, Southside and Southwest, are a shortage of people to fill certain jobs and a shortage of young adults putting down roots in the area. Read the full article from Bacon's… Read More

Financial Aid Available for Virginia's Seniors

3/22/2021 by The VCF Board

If you’ve thrown up your hands attempting to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’re not alone.

FAFSA completion rates are down almost 10% in Virginia as compared to the same date last year. That statistic by itself would be disconcerting, but it only tells part of the story. Decreases are prevalent for students who need financial aid the most.

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Averett University to Join ODAC in 2022-23

3/9/2021 by The VCF Board

Averett University has announced that its Department of Athletics has been offered and has accepted membership to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), beginning with the 2022-23 academic year.

Averett, with 17 NCAA sports and three varsity club sports, will become the 15th full-time member of the ODAC on July 1, 2022.

Read the full article on the Averett website HERE.… Read More

EMU President Interviewed on Richmond's Morning News

3/4/2021 by The VCF Board

We are so proud to announce our own Dr. Susan Huxman, the President of Eastern Mennonite University and Chair of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia, was interviewed on Richmond's Morning News with John Reid. Dr. Susan Huxman discusses the differences our smaller, rural colleges make in the Commonwealth.

You can find Richmond's Morning News with John Reid in Richmond on the… Read More

Interest Surges in Top Colleges, While Struggling Ones Scrape for Applicants

2/24/2021 by The VCF Board

Waiving standardized test requirements during the pandemic brought more hopefuls to the Ivy League and large state schools, while less-selective colleges face an alarming drop.

Prestigious universities like Cornell never have a hard time attracting students. But this year, the admissions office in Ithaca, N.Y., is swimming in 17,000 more applications than it has… Read More

Rural Public Colleges Are Underfunded

2/1/2021 by The VCF Board

A new report by the Alliance for Research on Regional Colleges has found that rural public colleges are underfunded compared to their peers.

The report looked at 118 rural public colleges and universities that admit a large portion of applicants, including four schools in the UNC System — Appalachian State University, Elizabeth City State University, Western Carolina University and UNC… Read More

Bluefield College Earns ‘A’ Rating for Core Curriculum

1/25/2021 by The VCF Board

Bluefield, VA – For the eighth year in a row, Bluefield College has earned an “A” rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for its outstanding core curriculum — a prestigious recognition reserved for 24 colleges and universities in the nation in 2020-‘21.

Read the full article on the Bluefield College website HERE.

Bluefield College Finalizes Agreement with VCOM

1/22/2021 by The VCF Board

Bluefield, VA – With a centennial celebration on the horizon, the Bluefield College Board of Trustees set the stage for the next 100 years with a major decision to join the educational consortium of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) schools last March. On January 12, 2021, the agreement between the two institutions was finalized.

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