We're proud to introduce you to our Gladys P. Todd Academy

The Gladys P. Todd Academy program began in the fall of 2015 with a generous donation from the Sunshine Lady Foundation. In 2021 Germanna Community College Educational Foundation committed to carrying on the funding for this great program. The program’s namesake Mrs. Gladys Poles Todd was a longtime Fredericksburg teacher and civil rights activist.

Program Design

This program is designed for underrepresented high school students in the City of Fredericksburg (James Monroe High School) and the county of Spotsylvania (Spotsylvania High School) to increase college preparation and completion by obtaining an associate degree at Germanna, concurrent with a high school diploma.

This program also provides students with life skills and support through mentoring, coaching, academic support, and cultural enrichment activities.

Underrepresented student populations for this program are defined as first-generation students demonstrating financial need. Tuition, fees, books, and program costs will be supported by the Germanna Community College Educational Foundation, along with community partners.

Participating schools

Students accepted into the Early College Program will come from the following high schools:

  • James Monroe High School
  • Spotsylvania High School

Students who wish to participate in the Summer Bridge/Pre-College Program, should be rising 9th graders from the following middle schools:

  • Walker Grant Middle School
  • Post Oak Middle School


This proposal design for the Germanna Gladys P. Todd Academy will include the following highlights:

  • An annual cohort of up to 25 students from James Monroe High and Spotsylvania High School will study for an associate degree in general studies at the Fredericksburg Area Campus at Germanna Community College, concurrent with their study for an advanced diploma in high school, designed to prepare high school students for college
  • Participating students will work with mentors and coaches to be academically prepared and remain on track for completion of the associate degree
  • Academic support will include access to tutoring services, summer bridge programs, service learning, reading and writing workshops, communications workshops, and career advising
  • Cultural enrichment activities will include field trips, university visits, career advising with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), community service, and selected cultural events
  • Parent workshops
  • Financial support for tuition, fees, and books for eligible students
  • Service learning projects in the local communities
  • Customized program blazers and T-shirts
  • Mentoring and academic and cultural enrichment for middle school and high school potential candidates

Germanna has already successfully launched an early college program for a cohort of 25 students in Culpeper County, supported by generous donor contributions from the community. This program is open to all students but provides a full scholarship for up to five students. No similar program exists in the City of Fredericksburg or other counties in Germanna’s service region.

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