We are so proud to announce that our CEO Adam Fried and his wife Rhonda received the Distinguished Philanthropist of the Year Award from Germanna Community Colleges Educational Foundation on Friday, November 20th.
Adam and Rhonda Fried and Atlantic Builders have been longtime friends of Germanna," said C. Douglas Elliott, the colleges vice president for institutional advancement and the foundations executive director. And their scholarships have helped send Germanna scholars out into every walk of life."
In 2010, Adam Fried made a commitment to Germanna to offer scholarships for deserving and needy students in the Fredericksburg area. Since then, he and his wife have been doing just that -? giving students the support they need to cont
inue their education, and encouraging those who want to transfer to four-year institutions.
We believe in education as a critical path for individuals to achieve more in life," said Adam. We also believe the future of the world depends on getting everybody the chance to continue learning and growing."
The Atlantic Builders Scholarship funded by Adam and Rhonda has provided scholarships for top students to earn their associates degrees, majoring in disciplines from Engineering to Philosophy to Nursing.
During the award reception, Adam and Rhonda announced that they have also donated $1 million for Germanna to build a Stafford County campus.
Thanks to the Frieds donation, were one step closer to an expanded, permanent center that will be able to serve more students," GCC President David A. Sam said.
The Stafford County Center, expected to eventually serve from 5,000 to 10,000 students, will be built in stages and open by the end of the decade.
Germanna Community Colleges Educational Foundation raises funds to help the college fulfill its mission to provide accessible, quality educational and training opportunities to all students, regardless of financial need. Investments in the Foundation go to meet the demand for innovation and excellence in faculty, equipment and facilities in a thriving community school. And increased scholarship support correlates with a drastic increase in Germanna graduates transferring to four-year institutions.