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Your Donation Makes a Difference

Your Investment in the SVHEF can make a real difference in Southern Virginia.  The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) provides the education and training so needed to compete for business and jobs today.  Advanced education and workforce training are what will truly make a long term difference for residents of Southern Virginia.

Please partner with the Foundation to invest in the future of Southern Virginia.  Remember: 100% of any money donated to the Foundation will be used in support of the SVHEC.

Please let us know where you’d like to invest your funds:

  • The Campaign for Innovation” helps to preserve and expand signature programs, instructional support, program enrichment, and future sustainability.
  • The SVHEF Scholarship Funds will help maintain the SVHEF annual scholarship program, providing assistance to students attending classes at the SVHEC. One of the Foundations key goals is to make education more affordable.  Any student attending classes within the SVHEC is qualified to apply. Some of our scholarships are:
    • Foundation Scholarships are awarded to any student taking classes or training at the SVHEC
    • Thomas C. Leggett Leadership Scholarship honors the leadership and accomplishments of Mr. T.C. Leggett, founder of Leggett Department stores.  It is awarded to students studying/ demonstrating leadership.
    • The Hope Scholarship fund honors Buford T. and Avelta Hope Arthur Lumsden.  It is awarded to those in the Center for Nursing Excellence (CNE) program. 
    • The Ann Chesley Edmunds Scholarship is awarded to students residing in Mecklenburg County.  This scholarship was set up in honor of Ann Chesley Edmonds.
    • The Penick Scholarship Fund was created by the Penick family to honor their mother and is awarded to those studying in the field of education.
    • The Rotary/Ancheta Scholarships are offered to Halifax County residents who are studying in the medical field.
  • A donation to the Annual Fund is used to support the SVHEC in any way needed.


Please make your proudest contribution!


Your on-going investment is needed to make the SVHEC fully sustainable.  Please consider installment payments to provide the SVHEC the stability to continue to offer cutting edge programs and services.  To make your pledge, contact Tommy Nelson at 434-572-5448 or email Tommy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mail a Check

Mail your check to:
    Southern Virginia Higher Education Foundation or SVHEF
    820 Bruce Street
    South Boston, VA  24592

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For more financial information, please view our latest Annual Report Chart SVHEC Expend