The Richard Bland College Foundation has received a COVID-19 Emergency Grant from the Petersburg-based Cameron Foundation to purchase mobile hotspots that will enable students to continue remote learning during, and beyond, the coronavirus pandemic.
The Cameron Foundation grant provides Richard Bland College with almost 30 mobile hotspots for use by students who do not have reliable access to high-speed internet. Students can request the mobile hotspots through the Statesmen Technical Assistance Center (STAC).
“The College is committed to ensuring that every member of the campus community receives a high quality educational experience during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly our most vulnerable students,” says Debbie L. Sydow, President of RBC. “Without access to high-speed internet, staying on track with college coursework is challenging, but thanks to The Cameron Foundation’s generous grant, our students can continue to pursue their academic goals without barriers or disruption.”
Through its COVID-19 Emergency Grant program, The Cameron Foundation awards grants for organizations in the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties that are being impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Grant funding was available for eligible organizations in one of four key areas: Health and Safety, Education, General Operating Support and Technology.
“The Cameron Foundation just launched this new program in April, and we quickly saw that institutions like Richard Bland College have an urgent need for more of this technology. It adds to RBC’s resources to be able to adapt and continue to serve their students in a changed environment,” said Board Chair Pam Martin Comstock. She added, “Through community partnerships such as this, we both are able to answer our respective missions.”
Richard Bland College – Building on its Proud History as a Branch of William & Mary
Richard Bland College of William & Mary is a selective, residential two-year college offering academically rigorous programs, up to 80% financial assistance for high performing students, and intercollegiate athletics. The College’s Exceptional Student Experience (ESE@RBC) program provides each student with a dedicated Learner Mentor who uses real-time information to keep students on course to graduation. Richard Bland College professors are ranked among the best in the region, with over 80% of instruction delivered by full-time faculty. The College boasts a small and diverse student population of 2,200 on a picturesque 750+ acre campus located just south of Richmond, Virginia. www.rbc.edu
The Cameron Foundation
The Cameron Foundation strives to transform the Tri-Cities and surrounding counties into a healthy, vibrant and economically vital region by strategically leveraging resources for community impact. Founded in 2003, The Cameron Foundation is a private foundation that was formed from the proceeds of the sale of Southside Regional Medical Center by the Hospital Authority of the City of Petersburg. Since the Foundation began grantmaking in 2004, it has awarded more than $93 million to organizations serving residents of this area. More information about The Cameron Foundation is available at www.camfound.org or by phone at 804-732-8900.