"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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Virginia Business - Program will allow students to attend college for free

Virginia Business - Program will allow students to attend college for free

January 2, 2018

In the two weeks after it was announced in November, more than 150 high school seniors rushed to sign up for the first tuition free community college program in Virginia.   

The Harvest Student Excellence in Education (SEED) initiative, funded by a three-year grant totaling $3.1 million from the Harvest Foundation in Martinsville, makes the first two years of college at Patrick Henry Community College free of charge for all qualifying spring 2018 high school graduates in Martinsville and Henry County. It also is open to graduates of GED and recognized homeschool programs. An estimated 250 students will have the opportunity to take advantage of the program in its first year.

“Our strategic goal is to encourage economic growth in Martinsville-Henry County and to meet workforce needs of area businesses,” says Allyson Rothrock, the president of The Harvest Foundation. 

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