River Valley Community College Passes Halfway Mark in Race to $1 Million Scholarship Goal

River Valley Community College is pleased to announce that it is half way there in its quest to raise $1 million in support of direct scholarships to students and invites your support in reaching the finish line.

Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, the College President, launched the Envisioning A Brighter Future – Year of Giving Scholarship Campaign during her Presidential Inauguration as the 10th President of River Valley Community College as a way to provide much needed financial support for deserving students. The college’s first scholarship dinner and Walter R. Peterson Annual Award Celebration honored Barbara Couch, Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility at Hypertherm and President of the HOPE Foundation. The initial campaign and dinner raised just over $165,000.

Under the leadership of President Harvey-Smith and Development Committee Chair Harvey Hill and through a number of generous contributions, the College has passed the halfway mark in gifts and commitments and is excited to now open the campaign to the public and invites its help with this historic campaign to reach its goal of $1,000,000 for student scholarships and to attend the 2nd annual scholarship dinner on September 18, 2015 at the Common Man in Claremont, NH. 

River Valley Community College has been educating students since 1968 with more than 90% of them living and working in New Hampshire contributing to the economic vitality of the region and strength of the state.

“We began this campaign as a response to the financial hardships many of our students and potential students face in starting or continuing their education. It has been a pleasure to reach out to the many generous individuals, foundations and companies in our area and to have them reach back.  It is through these relationships and a common hope to improve lives that will enable us to reach our goal,” said Dr. Harvey-Smith.

Funds raised from the campaign will establish a scholarship endowment to help a growing number of students needing financial assistance, enhance student financial aid support through a combination of need based and competitive scholarships and provide a better trained and educated workforce by increasing access to high quality career and technical programs.

“As we listen to our students tell of financial hardships, we are reminded of how important scholarship aid is in helping them continue their education. I’m pleased to have the time to work on such a worthy cause,” said Development Committee Chair and Past President of River Valley Community College Harvey Hill.

As the importance of community colleges grows across the country, River Valley Community College is poised to become an ever more pivotal player in higher education. The College is looking to expand services to Lebanon, NH in 2016. River Valley is helping students not only fulfill their dream of obtaining a college degree, but plays an important role in making sure students are prepared to be successful members of society and valuable contributors to today’s workforce.  One of the greatest challenges facing higher education is affordability. The Envisioning A Brighter Future – Year of Giving Scholarship Campaign is designed to provide greater access to deserving students. “More than 8o% of the students attending River Valley Community College receive some form of financial aid, are the first in their families to attend college or have a documented disability. Every gift matters and the support received will certainly help to make dreams reality for so many students”, said President Harvey-Smith.

“This is a truly historic event, not only for River Valley Community College but for the Community College System. It is the first campaign of its type ever held. Many thought it could not be done and we are so excited to be half way to the finish line. We want everyone in our community to be a part of history and give”, said Charlene Lovett, Claremont City Council, RVCC Advisory Board and Development Committee Member. 

River Valley Community College is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire, offering thirty-nine associate degree and certificate programs in Claremont, Keene, On-line and opening in fall 2016 in Lebanon.  Please visit www.rivervalley.edu to learn more and to make your scholarship gift.  Funds will benefit River Valley Community College Scholarships through the Community College of NH Foundation. The Community Colleges of New Hampshire Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.  For more information about the campaign, tickets for the dinner, or to make a donation, email Jillian E. Davis, Executive Assistant to the President, at jedavis@ccsnh.edu.

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