Local Commonwealth Legacy scholarship winner
The Foundation gives these $3,000 awards every year to one first-time college student from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges. The recipients, who must be enrolled full time in an associate-degree program, must “not only excel academically, but be committed to developing themselves and others,” said a foundation representative.
For Fall 2009, Rappahan-nock Community College’s Commonwealth Legacy Scholar is Kara Fox of Middlesex County.
Fox graduated from Middlesex High School near the top of her class. One of her teachers describes her as hardworking, respectful, responsible, and compassionate, and adds, “I know that she will be successful in everything she sets her mind to. She demonstrates an ability to rise to any challenge.”
Participation in swimming and hockey programs has taught Fox strength, leadership, and the ability to work well with others.
Fox will be the first of her family to graduate from college. She is enrolled in RCC’s Associate of Arts and Sciences Program, and after earning her associate degree plans to transfer to a school of pharmacology. “I have always succeeded in every goal I have set for myself,” she said.
In addition to demonstrating academic excellence and leadership potential, students receiving the Commonwealth Legacy scholarships must be willing to promote both the scholarship program and community college education in general, and to act as mentors to future recipients of the scholarships. According to the foundation, “While the scholarships are considered a long-term investment in some of our brightest young people, the contributions they are already making to our communities and colleges are substantial and impressive. We look forward to their accomplishments to come.”