The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors has appointed its new president, Donna Vaughn, for a two-year term.

Vaughn, a 10-year veteran of the Foundation Board, is a retired educator and guidance counselor; her most recent position before retirement was serving as the head of Guidance at Alleghany High School. She has served as the long-time chair and co-chair of the DSLCC Educational Foundation Scholarship Committee and recently served as the co-chair of the Botetourt Division in the recent Imagine, Invest, Inspire Campaign for DSLCC. Vaughn also served on the DSLCC Local Board for eight years. She resides in Eagle Rock with her husband, Steve; they have four children and six grandchildren.

In addition to Vaughn’s new leadership, the DSLCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors announced its new membership for 2017: William E. “Eddie” Graham Jr., Sarah Dyer and Deborah “Deb” Weddle.

“We are delighted to welcome three new members, who each bring varying and valuable attributes to the table and who will help keep our board’s composition dynamic and energized,” Vaughn said.

Since its inception in 1980, the DSLCC Educational Foundation – due to its most generous donors – has awarded more than 1,100 student scholarships, worth more than $1.7 million, to students from Alleghany, Bath County, Covington, James River, Parry McCluer, and Rockbridge County high schools, as well as non-traditional and continuing students at DSLCC. Last year alone, the Foundation awarded $225,000 to approximately 100 scholarship students.

The Foundation is now accepting applications, which are due on April 3 for the 2017-2018 academic year. All DSLCC students and prospective DSLCC students are welcome to apply, including graduating high school and home-schooled seniors, continuing students at Dabney, and non-traditional students (those who did not pursue college studies immediately following high school).

The application may be found at Note that applicants must first apply to Dabney to obtain a Dabney user name and password, which will be used to log in to the scholarship platform. In addition, the Foundation Office will correspond with prospective scholarship recipients via their Dabney email accounts, so it is necessary for prospective scholarship recipients to regularly monitor the accounts.

To obtain more information regarding the foundation and scholarship opportunities, or to make a donation, contact Foundation Director Rachael Thompson, at 863-2837 or via email at