A new scholarship to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the PVCC Early Childhood Education Program has been established in memory of the late Julia Broome. The Julia R. Broome Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually and was established by her husband, Dr. O. Whitfield Broome and family. The endowed scholarship is maintained and managed by the PVCC Educational Foundation.

Julia Broome was a lifelong educator, with her teaching experience spanning preschool, middle school, high school and college levels. She served as an adjunct faculty member at PVCC from 1993-2013 in the Early Childhood Education Department, teaching courses such as Creative Activities for Children and Teaching Art, Music, and Movement to Children. Prior to her work at PVCC, she developed a program in Child Care Occupations at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) and taught the curriculum there for 10 years. She was also a member of the Virginia Community College System Early Childhood Peer Group.

Ms. Broome also worked with Head Start Programs under the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) and consulted with local preschools and kindergartens in Charlottesville and surrounding counties.   She was an active member of the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children and the Central Chapter of the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s degree in education at the University of Illinois.

Dr. O. Whitfield Broome is Frank S. Kaulback Jr. Professor of Commerce Emeritus at the University of Virginia and has served on the UVA faculty since 1967. For the McIntire School of Commerce at UVA, he has served as interim dean, associate dean for academic affairs, director of graduate studies and accounting area coordinator.

“Julia loved young children and education, and she found the perfect combination of these two loves in her career at PVCC. She would be overjoyed that this scholarship will help others find their passion in early childhood education,” said Dr. Broome.

The scholarship is one of several student award funds managed by the Foundation, which was established in 1982 to cultivate and provide financial and in-kind support for the college. The Foundation is governed by a board of directors and is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, and contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law. For more information about the Julia R. Broome Endowed Scholarship or other scholarships, please contact the PVCC Educational Foundation at (434) 961-5226 or development@pvcc.edu.