Claude Moore Health Academy
The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation is an organization recognized for instigating programs and partnerships aimed at increasing academic competence and encouraging leadership abilities.
Virginia Western Community College and our area school divisions are very fortunate to be one of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s grant recipients.
Students who have been accepted into the Virginia Western Community College Regional Academy’s Pre-Health, Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician, or Medical Billing/Pharmacy Technician program may request financial assistance towards the tuition costs of the program.
The Claude Moore grant is available on a year to-year basis, therefore funding is limited and not guaranteed.
Scholarship applications are due by March 31st. Students will be notified, through their VWCC E-mail, by May 31st if scholarship funds can be awarded. Tuition balances are the responsibility of the student.
Dr. Claude Moore
Dr. Moore was born in Danville, Virginia in 1892. He would later describe his childhood in the Southwest Virginia towns of Radford and Roanoke as one of poverty, steeped in the values of hard work and thrift. As a young boy, he was a member of the first Boy Scout Troop in Roanoke. After two years at Roanoke College, young Claude entered the University of Virginia Medical School, where against the dean's advice, he also played varsity football, relying on his photographic memory to enable him to pursue sports in addition to his demanding academic schedule. He graduated in 1916 and went on to complete his medical internship at New York Hospital. In 1917, at the onset of World War I, Dr. Moore volunteered for the Army, received medical training in military surgery at The Mayo Clinic, and served as a first lieutenant in France.
Following World War I, Dr. Moore returned to Roanoke, where he practiced for seven years before joining the staff of The Mayo Clinic to study radiology. Dr. Moore, through the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, has left a legacy to assist young adults who want to pursue a career in health care-related fields.
The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation Grant
The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation recognizes the growing need for qualified health care providers in the Roanoke Valley. Through the help of the Foundation, assistance has been provided to help the EMT programs offered through Roanoke County Schools, Roanoke City Public Schools, and Franklin County Public Schools. Assistance has also been provided to establish or help the Nurse Aide programs at Roanoke County, Roanoke City, Franklin County and Botetourt County Schools. Lab equipment purchased through the grant has helped to establish the new Nurse Aide CSC Academy at Virginia Western, and will help with the Health Science Academy. In Fall 2019, students in the Regional Academy for Health Sciences and the new Nurse Aide program will be eligible for tuition assistance. All students at the high schools in the Nurse Aide or EMT programs received full tuition for dual enrollment classes that are part of their CTE curriculum. The grant is designed to provide training in entry level health care employment needs and to support bridging programs that lead into health care degree options offered through Virginia Western Community College.
Dr. Kathryn H. Beard, Dual Enrollment Coordinator
Kelly Albert, Dual Enrollment Specialist
Location: Fishburn Hall F125C
Mailing Address 3093 Colonial Ave SW Roanoke, VA 24015