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$1 million worth of fun has been a winner for Germanna students

For Carrie Morton Combs, the Germanna Guarantee Program made all the difference.

In its 20th year, Scholarship Monte Carlo Night, set for 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper, has raised over $1 million for the program, which  provides local  Germanna Community College students aid that helps those with financial need to stay in school. Last year it aided 200 students.

Shelly Palomino deals at 2012 Scholarship Monte Carlo Night.

Shelly Palomino deals at 2012 Scholarship Monte Carlo Night.

The black-tie event has become a highlight of Culpeper’s social season, while providing scholarship funds for the GCC Educational Foundation’s Germanna Guarantee Program. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and other beverages, as well as music and dancing, food and Las Vegas-style games including  slots, blackjack, poker and roulette. Prizes are donated by local businesses. There is also an auction. 

Combs, a 2009 Germanna graduate and Spotsylvania County resident who is a registered nurse at Culpeper Regional Hospital, says she wouldn’t have made it through her final semester without the program. It helps fill in the gaps for students with financial need who cannot find enough aid from other sources.

 “I was a student with a desire to better her life and lives in the community around me,” Combs says. “I wouldn’t save been able to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse had it not been for Germanna Educational Foundation scholarships. They made making it possible for me to help transform lives every day I work.”

Combs says she had received several merit- based scholarships in her time at GCC before hitting a rough patch as she was beginning her final semester. Former GCC Dean of Nursing Jane Ingalls told her about the Germanna Guarantee Program, which made it possible for her to continue.

She says her ultimate goal is to teach nursing at the college level, perhaps at Germanna.

Single tickets to Scholarship Monte Carlo Night are $90 and sponsorship levels ranging from $350 to $5,000 are available.

For more information, contact the GCC Educational Foundation at or 540/423-9074 or Event Chair Clarissa Berry at 540/718-0000 or