MIDDLETOWN – After a quarter century of supporting a variety of projects at Lord Fairfax Community College, Kathy and Nick Nerangis Sr. received the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy Friday at the school’s Appreciation Luncheon.
Among the Nerangis’ numerous contribhutions to the community, last year they endowed the Martha and James Nerangis Memorial Endowed Scholarship to support LFCC students who are single parents.
The Nerangises own several McDonald’s, the Country Inn and Suites, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and the Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille. Kathy Nerangis founded First Night of Winchester, was the first woman on the Winchester Medical Center Board and chaired LFCC’s college and foundation boards.
Liv Heggoy, LFCC Educational Foundation executive director, said the Nerangises have made Winchester and Frederick County a “wonderful place to live, work, learn, heal, and play.”
“It would take ages to list the many ways that they have been recognized in our community for their success in business and for their service in the community,” she said.
Kathy Nerangis gave “a very special thanks” to the LFCC Educational Foundation board and said the scholarship “is on behalf of all of our family.”
The couple wanted to start a scholarship because of Nick Nerangis’ belief in the importance of education.
The scholarship is named after Nick Nerangis’ parents, and he told a brief story about his father. After graduating from a Greek high school, his father moved to America and was bussing tables at a New York City restaurant below the offices of Metropolitan Life Insurance.
Two years after managing to obtain a job at the insurance company, he was its best salesman and eventually rose to vice president.
“If you’re getting going on your career, all you’ve got to do is stay with it. Persistence is omnipotent,” Nick Nerangis said.
Tamika Fischer, a recipient of two scholarships, one from the Nerangises, said they made “a tremendous financial impact by helping me avoid student debt.”
A 2005 Strasburg High School graduate and a three-year Army veteran, Fischer is the single mother of three children who, she said, “bring joy to my life.” She will graduate from LFCC this May with a general studies degree with a specialization in administrative justice.
Fischer plans to continue her education through Arizona State University online classes and hopes to become a probation officer “and give back to the community.”
Heggoy said Fischer was just one of many scholarship recipients, and that the foundation should be able to afford about 175 scholarships worth about $200,000 for the upcoming year.
Also at the luncheon:
•Renée Culbertson was given the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.
•Kaelyn Cary was presented the 2017-18 Ross Fellowship for Service and Scholarship.