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In addition to our focus on student scholarships and teacher induction, we award special grants with a single purpose: helping students, teachers and schools to grow stronger. Listed below are the grants we offer to support that purpose.

College Access Fairfax

College Access Fairfax helps students acquire financial aid for post-secondary education.

Learning Forward Virginia

Learning Forward Virginia helps develop the capacity of school staffs to meet the needs of all students through professional learning communities.

Virginia Teacher of the Year

Virginia Teacher of the Year recognizes outstanding Virginia classroom teachers.

Virginia Teacher of the Year

Toney Lee McNair, Jr., a choral music teacher in Chesapeake Public Schools was named Virginia Teacher of the year at a special celebration ceremony last month in Richmond.

Apple FCU has been a staunch supporter of this recognition program since 2008 and plays a prominent role in the awards ceremony including the commissioning a special ring for the finalists. The ring, which reads Virginia Teacher of the Year 2016, includes the Apple logo on one side and the recipient’s name on the other. In addition, the winner is awarded $5,000 for use in his classroom.

“As a young child,“ Dr. McNair explains, “growing up in public housing with both parents and three siblings, life seemed to offer a grim plight with little to no solace or success for me.” His parents, though never college educated, stressed the important role of education to having a successful life.

Dr. McNair now teaches at Indian River Middle School in Chesapeake. His school principal says, "Dr. McNair is a strong-spirited and caring educator who is a motivating force in our school and in the community at large."

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