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WW II Veteran Leaves $1.4 Million to LFCC for Scholarships

News Release

For Immediate Release:
Feb. 18, 2014

Primary Media Contact:

Leslie Kelley
Communications Specialist

Phone: 540-868-7134
Fax: 540-868-4081


Charles Ross of Front Royal, Virginia, named LFCC as the beneficiary of his $1.4 million estate, to establish an endowed scholarship. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 90.

A retired computer technician, Ross was predeceased by his wife Thelma and his son Jeffery.   Ross was also a World War II veteran, having served in the European Theatre and in the Battle of the Bulge. 

Mr. Ross wanted to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of his son Jeffery, to help LFCC students who demonstrate strength in character and academic performance. He also wanted to help students with financial need.

"This is one of the largest gifts ever made to the college," explains LFCC President Cheryl Thompson-Stacy.  "We are very grateful for his trust in LFCC and his support of our hard-working students."

According to LFCC Foundation Executive Director, Liv Heggoy, two different scholarship funds have been established. The first is the Jeffery Ross Memorial Endowed Scholarship.  It will provide $2,000 scholarships to full-time or part-time students with financial need. 

Approximately 20-25 LFCC students each year will benefit, depending on the investment performance of the endowment.  

The college has also announced a prestigious new merit award for a full-time student.  The Ross Fellowship is valued at $7,000 and will cover tuition and books for the year, as well as the purchase of a computer.  The recipient of the Ross Fellowship will also receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of an approved community service project. 

 "This is the first fellowship we have offered at LFCC," explains Heggoy.   "We are looking for outstanding students who exemplify the qualities that mattered most to Mr. Ross – good character, service to our community, and scholastic achievement." 

Currently enrolled LFCC students who meet the criteria as well as high school students in the Class of 2014 are encouraged to apply for the Ross Fellowship.  The deadline to apply is April 1. For more information, please visit


The Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit entity dedicated to assisting the College in meeting its current and future needs. Incorporated in 1978, the Foundation is committed to raising funds for academic programs, facility upgrades, equipment, student scholarships and professional development for faculty and staff. The Foundation is governed by a board comprised of business and community leaders who represent the College's service area. The Foundation's assets are managed by the Board and are audited annually by an independent accounting firm.

For more information about the Foundation, interested individuals may contact Liv Heggoy, Director of Development, at 540-868-4091 or

Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its three locations — the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County Center — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions.  The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Lord Fairfax Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lord Fairfax Community College. LFCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation or disability in its programs or activities.


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