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A scholarship established by the former president of Halifax Community College reached the $100,000 mark in June.

Ervin V. Griffin Sr., president emeritus and the fourth president of the college, created the Griffin Presidential Scholars Program upon his retirement.


It reached $100,000 on June 21.

A resolution says, “Dr. Griffin raised over $83,000 as a retirement gift to Halifax Community College.

A gala honoring his retirement and the 50th anniversary of the school in January of 2017 raised $33,505, matched with a $50,000 personal check he presented on his last day of president during a board of trustees meeting.

Through the years, Griffin's family and friends donated towards his scholarship fund through the HCC Foundation and birthday fundraisers on Facebook. On June 21 he donated $2,652 to the program, bringing the endowed scholarship fund to $100,000.

Since the Griffin Presidential Scholars Program scholarship was established, the Halifax Community College Foundation has awarded four students with $1,500 scholarships. The scholarship fund has distributed $6,000 in scholarships.

At the May 23, 2017, board of trustees meeting, the board unanimously voted to rename Building 200 to honor Griffin.