Patrick Henry Community College receives grant to make college free for some high school students

Harvest Foundation presented college with $3.1 million grant Tuesday

By Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter

HENRY COUNTY, Va. - The Harvest Foundation's senior program officer, Dewitt House, presented Patrick Henry Community College with a check Tuesday morning for a $3.1 million grant.

"This is an investment in our future workforce. It is also an investment for our existing employers and for those that we hope to attract," House said.

Every current Martinsville and Henry County high school senior, home school seniors and teens who will earn their GED in the current school year can enroll at PHCC in the fall of 2018 and take classes for two years for free.

House said the hope is that this will help create the workforce necessary to sustain the growth Martinsville and Henry County are seeing.

"Today's announcement supports the investment that this community has made in infrastructure that is designed to yield a living wage and increase the tax base for our community," House said.

PHCC president Dr. Angeline Godwin said she anticipates around 250 people taking advantage of this offer.

"Financial challenges are real for our students," Godwin emphasized. "They're real and the needs are beyond what federal financial aid can ever fill."

To be eligible, students must meet certain requirements, including having at least a 2.5 GPA and completing eight hours of community service before the end of July 2018.

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