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Posted on: October 12, 2020

Pittsylvania County Uses CARES Act Funds for DCC Scholarships

The Danville Community College Educational Foundation is offering scholarships to 2019 and 2020 Pittsylvania County public high school graduates for a "second-chance," eight week semester starting on Oct. 19 as well as for the spring, 2021 semester. These scholarships, which are for Pittsylvania County residents who are first time enrollees at DCC, are available through a $150,000 investment of CARES Act funding from Pittsylvania County and a match from the DCC Educational Foundation. 

"The education and employment plans of many local, recent high school graduates have been drastically and negatively impacted by COVID-19, so we are excited to be able to invest our CARES funding and partner with the Danville Community College Educational Foundation to provide access to a quality education during a difficult time" said Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman. 

To mitigate the negative impacts of the pandemic, Pittsylvania County has strategically invested its more than $10.5 million in funding from the CARES Act—a federal stimulus passed in March in response to COVID-19—in public safety, improvement and development of services, and education. The City of Danville also contributed CARES Act funds for scholarships for Danville Public School students from the 2019 and 2020 graduating class who live in the city of Danville and are first time enrollees. 

The ”second-chance” semester is an opportunity for graduates of the 2019 or 2020 classes to complete some credits in an accelerated and convenient platform. To learn more about the second-chance semester and the scholarship opportunities, visit the Danville Community College website. Information regarding the requirements of this scholarship program can be found at

“This investment demonstrates the commitment our community leaders have to higher education in general, specifically to Danville Community College, and to the residents of our city and county,” said Shannon Hair, Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Development and Executive Director for the Danville Community College Educational Foundation. “The “Knights to the Rescue” scholarship program will provide much needed financial support to our local residents who have been impacted by COVID-19.”   

For those that meet the eligibility requirements and are part of the 2019 or 2020 public high school graduating class in Danville or Pittsylvania County, scholarships can be used to cover tuition, books and fees and technology, depending on the number of credits the student is taking. It is important that students sign up as soon as possible for the “second-chance” semester. First-time enrollees can also utilize the scholarships for the spring 2021 semester. 

"Danville Community College, in partnership with Pittsylvania County, is proud to be able to remove barriers to education for those high school graduates who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Dr. Jacqueline Gill Powell, President of Danville Community College. "Increasing access to higher education and providing the necessary resources for our community members to reach their education goals is our priority and we thank Pittsylvania County for aiding us in this mission."

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