March 5, 2014


Foundation Announces the Vinnie Lance Hess Math Teacher Scholarship

The Northeast Alabama Community College Foundation recently received funds for a new scholarship that will be awarded to students with a long-term interest in teaching math in secondary education in Jackson County. Glenda Beard, Nancy Hastings of Scottsboro and Gene Hess of Dutton will be sponsoring the scholarship in memory of their late mother, Vinnie Lance Hess.

The Vinnie Lance Hess Math Teacher Scholarship may be used for tuition and books to NACC and will provide a full scholarship up to $2,750 per semester for up to four semesters. Students with a sincere long-term interest in teaching math at the secondary level in Jackson County should apply by May 1, 2014. The scholarship recipient will be selected by the Scholarship Committee at NACC and will give preference to students with a financial need, high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment math classes, and students enrolled in NACC advanced math classes.

Vinnie Lance Hess

Vinnie Lance Hess was born September 8, 1909 in Ashville, North Carolina. She met her husband of 55 years, the late Eugene C. Hess, Sr. in Ashville. He was a native of Jackson County, Alabama, and they moved to Jackson County in 1932. She worked as a field social worker for the State of Alabama before becoming a stay-at-home mother.

Since she had taught school in North Carolina, it was inevitable that she would take up her love of teaching again. She began her teaching career in Jackson County at Woodville High School in 1956. She later became the only female principal in Jackson County during her time at Larkinsville and then Limrock before retiring from Skyline in 1977.

After she retired from teaching, Vinnie Lance Hess remained active in educational activities. She was a County Extension Service volunteer, a member of the Randall's Chapel Homemakers Club, and the Extension Homemakers Club. Her specialty was making storybook character Christmas decorations from wool thread. She even taught classes on this craft for the Jackson County Homemakers Council. She was presented the Jackson County Leadership Development Award for the contribution of her time and talents to the Home Economics and 4-H Club programs in the county. Hess passed away at the age of 81 in 1992.

Vinnie Lance Hess’s family knows she would be proud that students who might not otherwise be able to go to college will extend their knowledge because of this scholarship and in turn will benefit local communities. She always stressed math fundamentals to her students and even took extra time to drill them in multiplication tables while being required to teach them "new math." Her family hopes that helping fund an education for future math teachers will not only help Jackson County students improve their math skills but also encourage them to take advanced math classes while in high school in order to increase their chances of being selected for the scholarship.

Former students and acquaintances may donate to the scholarship to help it become endowed. Tax-deductible contributions can be made by sending a check to The Vinnie Lance Hess Math Teacher Scholarship c/o NACC Foundation, PO Box 159, Rainsville, AL 35986.

For an application for this scholarship please contact Susan Webb at NACC, telephone ext. 2248 or email

The NACC Foundation is extremely proud and grateful to receive the funds for this scholarship. “More people in our communities are coming forward wanting to donate money to help students in the fields they are passionate about,” stated Heather Rice, NACC Development Director. “Mrs. Hess' love of teaching is a great example.” The Foundation members and Rice are available to speak with groups, civic organization or anyone that is interested in donating money for scholarships through the Foundation. For more information please call Rice ext. 2301 or email

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