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New scholarship founded, four students to be awarded first year

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Aug. 11, 2010) – A new scholarship designed to assist Tidewater Community College students studying automotive or diesel technology has been announced by Tidewater Area Fleet Manager’s Association (TAFMA).

Officials presented a $2,000 start-up check for the new TAFMA Scholarships during a luncheon meeting held July 21. Four $500 scholarships will be awarded annually to TCC students.

Walter "Bud" Brueggeman, head of TCC’s Automotive and Diesel Technology program (far right) accepts the founding check for the new TAFMA Scholarship presented by, left to right: Mike McColgan, City of Chesapeake and TAFMA secretary; Ron Rigby, Wilbar Truck Equipment and TAFMA Scholarship Committee member; and George Hrichak, City of Chesapeake and TAFMA president.

Membership in TAFMA is open to all municipal and private fleet managers who have direct responsibility for the management, maintenance and repair, acquisition and replacement of automotive fleets located in the Hampton Roads Area.

TCC’s Automotive and Diesel Technology programs enroll more than 400 students who attend classes at the college’s 30,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Regional Automotive Center opened in 2008 in the Oakbrooke Business and Technology Park in Chesapeake.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - topped 45,000 students in 2009-10. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit