Eagle Rock resident Matthew Ethan Dale Smith has been named the recipient of a 2011 Bubbles, Bands and Brunch Scholarship by the Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation. Smith has completed one year of study at the College and will return to DSLCC this fall to complete studies for an Associate Degree. Funded exclusively from proceeds from the Foundation’s “Bubbles, Bands and Brunch,” fundraiser, the scholarship will assist with tuition and book expenses for one year at DSLCC and is part of more than $100,000 the non-profit foundation has awarded in merit and need-based scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Foundation Director, Lynda Thompson, expressed her gratitude to the businesses and individuals from the DSLCC service area who are instrumental in making the “BBB” fundraiser successful. “Without corporate sponsorships from businesses in the college’s service-area communities, it would be impossible for the foundation to realize enough money from the event to fund scholarships,” said Thompson. “Since the first Bubbles, Bands, and Brunch in 2003, the foundation has awarded 26 ‘BBB’ Scholarships to students who, otherwise, may not have had the resources to complete their education. Many of these students stay in our local communities after graduation from DSLCC and build productive and rewarding futures. I hope residents of our service area will continue to help our local studentsby attending this year’s fundraiser, ‘Rockin’ to the 60s,’ scheduled for Sunday, October 2, in Moomaw Center,” Thompson concluded.
Smith comments that DSLCC has helped him begin his education in a very affordable and comfortable learning environment; “I am having the true college experience with a small price tag along with helpful resources to encourage success,” he says. “ [My time at] DSLCC has been a truly great experience in preparing me for a four-year college. The assistance available here has helped me achieve the best possible quality education any student could ask for. I have not only gained knowledge and skills from being in the classroom, but also have had experiences that are helping me clarify my academic and professional goals. Striving to find success in the classroom has led me to be more determined and to have a positive outlook on the future regarding my education,” Smith concluded.
Smith has a 3.78 grade point average after the completion of 37 credit hours at DSLCC and was named to the Vice President’s List for both the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters. His professors remark that Matthew’s personable and exceptionally mature demeanor and cooperative spirit endear him to both faculty and students. Most express they “wish they had more students like him.”
A 2010 graduate of James River High School, Smith is the son of Dale and Sandra Smith. He was a member of the JRHS National Honor Society from his sophomore through his senior year. A member of the Knight’s Marching Band for four years, Smith served as Drumline Captain in the twelfth grade. He also was a member of the Concert and Pep Bands for four years and the Jazz Band for two years. A member of the Future Farmers of America for four years, Smith served at various times as reporter, Vice President and President.
The DSLCC Educational Foundation is committed to helping area residents build brighter futures by removing barriers to education. Since 1980, through the generosity of its donors, the Educational Foundation has awarded nearly $1million in scholarships and grants to residents of the college’s service region—Alleghany, Bath, northern Botetourt and Rockbridge Counties and the cities of Buena Vista, Covington and Lexington who made DSLCC their college of choice. The non-profit foundation also supports the college by purchasing industry-standard equipment and training models for classrooms making it possible for students to train on equipment similar to or identical to equipment used in the workplace and by awarding grants to faculty members, enabling them to enhance and broaden their expertise through educational experiences both here and abroad.
To learn how you can help the educational foundation “Build Futures…Build Lives…Build Futures… contact Foundation Director, Lynda Thompson by phone at 540-863-2837, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or access the foundation’s web site at www.dslcc.edu.
Submitted by Lynda Thompson, Director, DSLCC Educational Foundation.