Thank you and the Charlottesville Scholarship Program for your support and encouragement over the past few years. In 2009 I successfully completed required classes with high marks at PVCC, classes that were transferred to Bluefield College, where I received a bachelor of science degree in December 2010.
That’s the start of a heartwarming note from Ralph Brown Sr. to Mary Jane King, former Piedmont Virginia Community College administrator and former Charlottesville Scholarship Program scholarship committee chair. A 2007 recipient of Charlottesville Scholarship Program funding to further his education, Rev. Brown is a Pentecostal minister, a chef, and a Bluefield College graduate, having received his bachelor’s degree in organizational management and development in December 2010. The CEO and president of RBC Institute, a center for faith-based and community learning located in Charlottesville, Chef Brown has taught many classes on safe food handling. In volunteer roles, he has served this community in many ways over the years, including as a mayoral appointee to the Sister City Commission and as a Toys for Tots sponsor and volunteer.
Getting that bachelor’s degree wasn’t easy, A Vietnam-era veteran with a Veterans Administration disability rating, Rev. Brown appreciates the funding help from Charlottesville Scholarship Program and credits the caring staff and instructors at PVCC with the help he needed to succeed as a student.
“With their help I learned that I was going to have put in extra time, sit closer to the front of the class, and take responsibility for making sure the instructors understood my unique situation to make the best grades possible.”
“Thank you and the people of the Charlottesville for your contribution to my success.”