Sarah Giorgi accepts her scholarship certificate from Dr. Daniel Lufkin, president of Paul D. Camp Community College.
Sarah Giorgi of Boykins wasn’t even planning to take any dual enrollment classes until she discovered that early childhood education was offered at Southampton High School for dual credit.
“I was ecstatic to find out that I would be receiving college credit for this course,” she said.
Giorgi, who earned career studies certificates in early childhood and advanced early childhood from PDCCC, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Hampton Roads Community Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at Paul D. Camp Community College. A Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship winner is selected from each of the 23 institutions in Virginia’s Community College System and is awarded by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).
Giorgi had already taken childhood development her sophomore year in high school and was very interested in the class. Her sister, Ashley, had taken Early Childhood Education I and II during high school and coincidentally was the 2012 recipient of the Camp Family Foundations Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.
“She paved the way for me,” said Giorgi. “However, I never really thought I wanted to do anything beyond those classes in high school until I met my teacher for early childhood education, Cindy Jackson. Her teaching style inspired me to want to continue my education with early childhood.” Giorgi also has attained the NOCTI Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
The daughter of Debbie and Jerry Nahrebecki of Boykins and David Giorgi of Groton, Conn., Giorgi was very active in community-based organizations and projects in high school. In her four years as a Key Club member, she served as president, vice president and board member. In addition, she earned honors, including the Above and Beyond Division 21 Membership Award in 2014 and the Outstanding Community Service Award annually from 2013 to present.
She was a board member and treasurer for the Student Government Association, a member of the Christian Club and the Beta Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has attained a 3.94 GPA. She was a member of the Cross Country team as well.
Giorgi was a member and 2016 co-captain of Southampton High School’s Keys 4 a Cure Relay for Life team and participates in the annual Franklin/Southampton Relay for Life event. Her leadership and volunteer experience, along with academic skills, led to her selection to represent Southampton High School at Virginia Girls State. She is an active Youth Group member at Tucker Swamp Baptist Church.
After completing an associate’s degree in early childhood education, she wants to enroll at Longwood University to earn a master’s in elementary education. “I want to become a teacher at a local elementary school,” she said. “After teaching for a few years, my ultimate goal /dream is to open my own preschool and daycare center.”
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship may be used on any campus within the VCCS. This year, it will provide a $3,875 scholarship for a full year of tuition, books and fees— all possible due to Wells Fargo and additional funding available from VCCS.
As a Commonwealth Legacy scholar, Giorgi will mentor future scholarship recipients and participate in statewide events, such as the Student Leadership Conference, scheduled for fall. Commonwealth Legacy Scholars will also be featured in the Virginia Community College System’s Annual Report and on its website.
Sarah Giorgi of Boykins is joined by parents Jerry and Debbie Nahrebecki and Paul D. Camp Community College President Dr. Daniel Lufkin. Giorgi is also the daughter of David Giorgi of Connecticut.