When Dominion Virginia Power and the Library of Virginia named 92-year old Nannie B. Hairston one of the Strong Men and Women in Virginia History last spring, she received a monetary gift. She donated that $5,000 gift to the NRCC Educational Foundation as seed money to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of her husband, John T. Hairston.
Today, she and her family, along with the foundation, are raising $20,000 in additional funds for the scholarship. Her daughters Colette Hash, Dy-Anne Penn, Edwina Miles and Catherine McDaniel are working closely with the foundation staff to secure the funding to fully endow the scholarship.
“Throughout their lives, Nannie and her husband have given people hope and empowered them to believe in themselves,” says Dr. Jack Lewis, NRCC president. “Nannie’s ‘can-do’ spirit is transferred to others. We appreciate her for her outreach to improve the lives of all people as she extends her strong support to the work we are doing in the community college.”
At a recent NRCC Educational Foundation gathering honoring Mrs. Hairston, Gary Hancock, a spokesman for the foundation, announced that Drs. Jack and Mary Ann Lewis have pledged matching gifts for each donation received toward the scholarship to create a second John T. and Nannie B. Hairston Scholarship for deserving NRCC students. The surprise announcement was made before Hairston, her family and friends.
“The Foundation Board is grateful to NRCC’s president and his wife for their support of the Hairston scholarship with this special gift,” said Greg Rooker, president of the NRCC Educational Foundation Board. “Their generosity, along with that of members of the community, will create a legacy honoring this civic-minded family.”
Donations toward the John T. and Nannie B. Hairston Scholarship may be mailed to NRCC Educational Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 1127, Dublin, VA 24084 (Please note: “Hairston Scholarship”). Donations also may be made online at www.nr.edu/foundation/donation_details.php.
NRCC Educational Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.