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News Release

Raising Money for Scholarships to Take a Fun and Healthy Turn at Full Moon Madness

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on October 01, 2010

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – More students than ever are turning to John Tyler Community College for their educations. This semester the College experienced a first – topping 10,000 students for the fall term. John Tyler students arrive on campus with plans of becoming nurses, teachers, police officers, engineers, entrepreneurs and more. Some are right out of high school; some are empty-nesters attending college for the first time; and some are unemployed workers who are seeking new skills as they search for a new career. And, while the College works hard to keep tuition and fees low for all its students, many still find it challenging to pay for their educations. That’s where the John Tyler Community College Foundation’s scholarship program comes into play. Through generous donations, the Foundation is able to provide much-needed financial assistance to students each year. But, as our student body grows, so does the demand for more scholarships. The 101 scholarships we currently offer are no longer enough. You can help, and you can have fun while you are making a difference.

On October 23, 2010, the community will come together for a howling good time at Full Moon Madness, presented by the John Tyler Community College Foundation in partnership with Chesterfield County. The event will feature a 4-mile run, a 1-Mile Moonwalk and a Howl for Health Festival. The Festival, which is free, will include free health screenings, health and wellness exhibitors, music by the band Infamous, ghoulish fun provided by the College’s theatre and art students, a trick-or-treat trail, costume contests, farmer’s market, food and more. All money raised from Full Moon Madness will go toward student scholarships at John Tyler.

Full Moon Madness will take place at the College’s Midlothian Campus, located at 800 Charter Colony Parkway, from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. At 5:00 p.m., runners will hit the pavement for the 4 Miler. The run will take competitors on a scenic, winding course along Charter Colony Parkway and through nearby neighborhoods. At 5:15 p.m., walkers, cheered on by Nutzy from the Richmond Flying Squirrels, will take off for the 1-Mile Moonwalk. The course will take participants all around the John Tyler campus, making it a great outing for walkers of all ages.

Those interested in participating in the 4 Miler or the 1-Mile Moonwalk are encouraged to sign up early to take advantage of offered discounts.

Registration Fees


4 Miler Until 10/16 After 10/16
Adult $20 $30
Military/JTCC Student $12 $20
Youth (12 & Under) $12 $20
1-Mile Moonwalk Until 10/16 After 10/16
Adult $10 $15
Military/JTCC Student $5 $8
Youth (12 & Under) $5 $8


To find out more about Full Moon Madness or to sign up for the 4 Miler or 1-Mile Moonwalk, go to Information also will be posted on the College’s Facebook page at The John Tyler Community College Foundation also may be contacted for information at 804-594-1476 or

The John Tyler Community College Foundation relies on the generosity of the community to continue its work in securing the future of the College, its students, its faculty and its staff. Since most of the College’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the Foundation are an investment in the future of the community. Through donations, grants and endowments, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships for students, to fund academic programs and capital projects, to renovate and modernize classrooms and labs, and to encourage the professional development of John Tyler Community College’s faculty and staff. This work ensures the College continues its pledge of providing academic excellence while expanding the services it offers to fulfill escalating workforce requirements.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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