One Longwood University alumna was inspired by her college experience to help others afford a higher education.
Stacie Whisonant grew up in South Hill, spent much of her time in Kenbridge and worked her way through college in Farmville, at Longwood University. Now she splits her time between New York City and Washington, D.C.
The 35-year-old’s journey to graduation was not an easy one. Whisonant lists her grandparents as one of her greatest support groups. They are sharecroppers from Kenbridge who were unable to earn an education. Yet, despite her grandfather’s lack of education, he always encouraged Whisonant and her relatives to go to school.
Her aunt, Hattie Farrar, was the first in the family to graduate college — at Longwood University — in 1995. Whisonant fondly remembers visiting her aunt and realizing she, too, could go to college.
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