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Potter Awarded Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Posted Date: 12/5/2014
Alexis PotterBig Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that student Alexis Potter was recently named the recipient of the Martha Rhoton Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.
Potter was recognized Tuesday, Nov. 18 at a luncheon hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) in Richmond. Fifty-seven students representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges were honored during the event. The VFCCE distributed more than $350,000 in scholarships this year to students from across the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, with 25 recipients this year, was established in 2006 through the generosity of longtime partners Wells Fargo and Dominion. The scholarships recognize students from across the Commonwealth who have demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to developing leadership skills. Each scholarship bears the name of one of many philanthropy leaders who support Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Potter, a graduate of Wise County Christian School and resident of Pound, is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in General Studies at Mountain Empire Community College. She plans to transfer to a four year-university to pursue a degree in psychology or sociology.

Martha Rhoton, a native of Scott County and resident of Kingsport, TN, was a Mountain Empire Community College employee who worked in the Wampler Library for 23 years. She established the E.J. and Nell B. Rhoton Endowed Scholarship and the Dr. Victor Ficker Scholarship through the MECC Foundation. Rhoton was recognized earlier this year with the 2014 Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy.
Those interested in learning more about the MECC Foundation “Building for the Future” campaign and the various ways to support scholarships and success programs at the college, may visit the MECC Foundation website at, or contact the Foundation at (276) 523-2400 ext. 466.