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$20,000 grant will create scholarships at Patrick Henry Community College

LEFT TO RIGHT: Jeremy Belloir, Plant Manager of Howmet Aerospace in Martinsville, Jeff Kohler, PHCC’s Coordinator of Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Training, and Tiffani Underwood, Executive Director of the PHCC Foundation

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Howmet Aerospace Foundation is awarding the Patrick Henry Community College Foundation $20,000 to establish several scholarships for students in Industrial Electronics Technology programs.

PHCC says with the new scholarship, students in these programs could receive $1,000 to cover classes as early as January 2021 and, if they maintain eligibility, could receive another $1,000 in the fall.

Depending on the number of students who are eligible to receive funding both semesters, the college anticipates awarding the scholarship to between 10 and 20 students.

PHCC’s Vice President of Workforce Economic and Community Development Rhonda Hodges says this scholarship could have a two-fold positive impact.

“Our IET programs lead to careers that are in high demand in our community. That means that when the students who get this scholarship graduate, they’ll likely be able to fill much-needed positions in local companies like Howmet. So, this really could be beneficial for both our local employers and the graduates they hire,” Hodges said.

To support the communities where it operates, the Howmet Aerospace Foundation invests in local education and workforce development opportunities.

“We recognize the important role that Patrick Henry Community College plays in training our community’s future workforce,” said Jeremy Belloir, plant manager of Howmet Aerospace Martinsville Operations. “We as a local business must collaborate with our STEM education institutions to create the development opportunities that are so critical to the success of our entire community.”

Registration for spring 2021 classes is going on right now and classes begin January 7 so students interested in the scholarship should register as soon as possible.

To register for classes, students can contact

To inquire about the scholarship, students should contact

The college says the funds will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis with a priority given to under-represented demographics.

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