The John Tyler Community College Foundation Receives Gift from the Estate of Homer Eliades
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Released on December 18, 2017
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – For 50 years, until his passing in 2016, Homer Eliades enthusiastically served John Tyler Community College (JTCC) and the JTCC Foundation. This fall, Eliades’ generosity and dedication to the college, the foundation, and Tyler’s students were celebrated as the Eliades family announced a gift from the estate of Homer Eliades, $50,000 for student scholarships.
“Dad found such satisfaction and joy in his work with the college,” said Peter Eliades, Homer Eliades’ son. “Knowing that he was helping provide opportunities for local citizens and building an important resource for our community was a source of joy and pride for him…so much so that his final wishes included a bequest to the foundation.”
In the 1960s, as a young attorney in Hopewell, Eliades dreamed of starting a college in his beloved city. Making education available and accessible was important to Eliades, a belief instilled in him by his father. In 1966, he was appointed as a founding member of the John Tyler Community College Board, a move that would begin his five decades of uninterrupted service to the college and its foundation. During those years, Eliades was a vibrant force at Tyler, supporting the college and nurturing its growth in a number of ways. He became a founding member of the JTCC Foundation Board, donated countless hours of pro-bono legal services to the college and foundation; supported special projects and funds; and even recruited his son, Peter, as a member of the Foundation Board. In 1990, Homer Eliades memorialized his father by establishing the George H. Eliades Endowed Scholarship. In 2012, the college honored Eliades’ long-time service to Tyler by naming the Midlothian Campus’ first academic building Eliades Hall.
"Homer was a true Trailblazer, and his legacy is woven into the fabric of John Tyler Community College in many ways,” said Dr. Edward “Ted” Raspiller, president of the college. “Through the generous gift he left us, Homer will continue to change even more lives for decades to come.”
The JTCC Foundation secures resources that provide scholarships for students; fund academic programs, student support services, capital projects, and renovations to modernize classrooms and labs; and stimulate innovation within the college faculty and staff. This work ensures the college continues its pledge of providing academic excellence to students while expanding the services it offers to meet the community’s workforce requirements. Since most of the college’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the foundation are an investment in both students and also the community.
John Tyler Community College, celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to Central Virginia, is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers affordable, quality programs for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The college, which served more than 13,900 students during the 2016-17 academic year, offers more than 60 majors, including associate degrees and certificates. The institution also serves more than 9,400 learners annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance.
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