Building Legacies

building legacies

At Southwest, we create lifelong learning opportunities that unleash the vast potential in every student. Our programs and services are learner-centered, outcome-focused, and designed to provide graduates with opportunities to improve their lives, prepare for further education and advance their careers.

As we embark upon our third campaign in the 52 year history of the college, the Building Legacies Campaign, we focus on four main initiatives and each one is essential.

academic success

The Academic & Workforce initiative will provide scholarships where there are still critical needs. With tuition-free assistance from our service region counties, students and their families have found that with additional assistance for books and supplies, education can become a reality for them. Scholarships for non-traditional age students as well as scholarships for many of our workforce programs are still needed. Gifts designated for this initative will also enable Southwest to continue to grow new programs like Arts and Agriculture. 


The Student Access and Success initiative will provide the needed funding to assist students with quality support programs.  Programs like Great Expectations, Food for Thought, veteran's support programs, and others help Southwest successfully meet a variety of student needs. This initative will also assist in providing student resources like updated advising and outreach techniques, the Honors Program, and the Alumni Association.


Athletics brings a tremendous amount of school spirit and pride to our campus. It is a wonderful tool to reach students within our region who may not attend college otherwise. Through Athletics we can reach outside of our region, our state and even our country to identify students who might enroll at Southwest.


The Greatest Need initiative is critical as it gives Southwest the freedom to identify and provide for future needs. Funding is sometimes available for programs, equipment, and resources with an eligible match. This initiative allows Southwest to be innovative and to prepare for unforeseen challenges. While it is difficult to anticipate what may be needed 1 year or 5 years from now for students, facilities or programming, Southwest strives to be visionary.


Dr. Ed Smith Friends of the Library Fund – To provide funding for library resources that benefit our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities.

The Next Step Fund – To assist a student or students who are transferring from Southwest Virginia Community College into a four year institution.

Dr. Daisy Burke Campbell Memorial Scholarship – In memory of Dr. Campbell, a founding faculty member at SWCC.

Jereial Fletcher Memorial Scholarship – In memory of our friend and colleague Dean Jereial Fletcher

Thank you in advance for empowering Southwest to continue inspiring, strengthening and transforming our students and our communities.

Susan R. Lowe
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Tazewell Hall Room 317


Mail pledge card and payment to SWCC Education Foundation, POB 1101, Richlands, VA 24641


Please note in Paypal the initiative you would like your donation to fund, if any.

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