Ethyle Cole Giuseppe

Ethyle Cole GiuseppeFrom a PVCC News Release 
March 7, 2012

With a $500,000 gift from Ethyle Cole Giuseppe, Piedmont Virginia Community College has successfully completed its fundraising campaign to create a center in Stanardsville.

In recognition of the gift, the facility was named the PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center in honor of Mrs. Giuseppe's late husband. Eugene Giuseppe, who died in 2006, was for many years the principal of the Greene County Primary School.

In addition to supporting construction costs, the gift also establishes scholarships for Greene County residents. The Ethyle Cole Giuseppe Scholarships will be awarded through the PVCC Educational Foundation beginning in fall 2012.

"We are so pleased that Mrs. Giuseppe has chosen to honor her husband's legacy as a Greene County educator in this way," said PVCC President Frank Friedman. "Her generosity will ensure higher education opportunities for generations of Greene County residents. At the PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center, students will be able to begin their study toward a bachelor's degree as well as to prepare for jobs that are in demand in the region."

"My husband, Eugene Giuseppe, believed that education was the path to success-to being able to lead a meaningful and productive life," Mrs. Giuseppe wrote. "As a school principal and coach, he devoted his life to working with young people. This center in his name ensures that those who wish to pursue a college degree will have the opportunity right here in Greene County. In addition, the scholarship fund guarantees that deserving individuals will be able to prepare for the future."

She concluded: "This is the culmination of my dreams to honor Gene's life. I am proud that the PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center will be a lasting memorial to his legacy."