Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Michee Mutangu is the fifth community college student to receive the Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship. He’s also the first person in his family to graduate high school and go to college.

Mutangu says the scholarship has given him hope and a chance for a brighter future.

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Michee Mutangu

“If it was not for the scholarship that I have received, I do not know how I was going to attend the Northern Virginia Community College this fall.”

Mutangu immigrated to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He’s passionate about computers and is determined to overcome any obstacle to accomplish his goals.

Kathy Camper – beloved co-worker and friend

Camper, a longtime IT staff member of Virginia’s Community Colleges and graduate of TNCC, died suddenly in 2005.

Known for her keen sense of humor, sharp wit and uncompromising commitment to public service, Camper was also very active in the PTA – both at the state and local level.

Within days of her death, plans were launched to create a lasting tribute in Camper’s honor. Together with her family, the decision was made for an endowed scholarship that would be administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

The list of contributors ran the gamut – from friends and relatives to members of the ITS staff, including colleagues who had never even met Camper but were familiar with her reputation and her work ethic.

The first scholarship was awarded in January of 2009. Since that time, the market value of the endowment fund has grown to more than $69,000.

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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