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Lord Fairfax Community College TRIO Graduates Celebrate Successes

11 May 2017 News

The fifth annual TRIO graduate celebration dinner was held May 9 at Lord Fairfax Community College’s Middletown Campus. TRIO Student Support Services are available for students whose parents haven’t earned a bachelor’s degree, who are low-income, or who have a documented disability.

TRIO students receive one-on-one advising and tutoring, free printing services, extra help in filling out financial aid documentation, additional assistance with transferring to a four-year college or university and financial literacy training. The federally funded program serves about 160 LFCC students each year. It has been offered at LFCC’s Middletown Campus since 2001.

There are twenty-nine TRIO students in LFCC’s Class of 2017, which is celebrating commencement at 1:00p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Skyline High School in Front Royal.

“Each one of our graduates has worked extremely hard to be where they are today,” TRIO Support Services Director Sarah Williams said during the May 9 ceremony. “We’re so proud of every single student who comes through our door.”

Winchester Public Schools Director of Elementary Education Dr. Nan Bryant spoke to the graduates.

“I’m a first-generation college graduate,” she said. “My parents would love to have gone to college, but they just didn’t feel the path was there for them.”

There were three roles people in her life played for her that helped her move forward and end up obtaining her doctorate, Bryant said. Her mother was a dreamer, who made the dream of going to college seem attainable; teachers and a guidance counselor who acted as path builders; and a principal who acted as a general contractor as Bryant navigated the process of being a full-time school administrator, a mother and a doctoral student.

Bryant encouraged the TRIO graduates to play those roles in others’ lives, too.

Also during the celebration, TRIO Scholar awards were given to those who had GPAs of 3.6 or higher. Alexis Stiles, who graduated from Skyline High School two years ago at age 16, was named the Outstanding TRIO Graduate.

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