Glenn Fatzinger, a Mount Vernon civic activist and philanthropist, was selected for the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy for Virginia’s Community Colleges
The award, which he received this spring, was based on his longstanding support of Virginia’s Community Colleges. This included co-founding the Northern Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, and the establishment of an endowed nursing scholarship in honor of his wife, Harriet H. Fatzinger, who died in 2011. Two partial nursing scholarships are awarded annually to Northern Virginia Community College students in her memory.
His most recent Chancellor’s Award resulted in one full scholarship to be awarded in his name to a community college student. Since 2011 he has raised more than $100,000 for the NOVA nursing scholarship program.
Asked what he is most proud of as a local civic activist, Fatzinger said his service on the board of the Mount Vernon Council of Citizens Associations; co-founded the Mount Vernon Community Band, and played for 35 years in the concert band of the Northern Virginia Community College; taught courses in business and history as an adjunct professor at the Northern Virginia Community College; co-founded the Northern Virginia Community College Foundation, which has so far raised $25 million toward scholarships; served on the board of the Northern Virginia Community College (1978-85), and on the board of the Fairfax County Park Authority (1974-79) when he contributed to the effort to establish the Mount Vernon Recreation Center Indoor Ice Rink.
In 2016, Fatzinger was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to the Fairfax County History Commission, where he continues to serve as the secretary to the board.