For many individuals, the road to lifetime achievement started at Virginia Western Community College.  The Virginia Western Alumni Association established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006 to recognize those alumni who have achieved outstanding success and made a lasting impact on their community. The award highlights the diversity of Virginia Western graduates and their impact on the community. Nominations for the 2020 award are now open.

The 2019 Distinguished Alumni honoree was Deborah L. Petrine (’74), Chair and CEO of Commonwealth Care of Roanoke and Chair of the Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Advocacy Council forthe Virginia Western Forward Endowment Fund: A Vision of Dr. Charles W. Steger Jr.

Anne Hogan (’76), a previous honoree, serves as chairwoman of the Virginia Western Alumni Association.

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must:

  • Be a graduate of or have completed a minimum of two semesters at Virginia Western Community College.
  • Have attained extraordinary distinction and success in his or her profession or life.
  • Be a person of such integrity and stature that the College will take pride in his or her recognition.
  • Have attained regional, statewide or national prominence and significant involvement in civic, cultural or charitable affairs.

How to nominate:

Anyone may nominate a Virginia Western Community College alumna/us or former student for this award by completing a nomination form. This form can be submitted at

Two letters of reference are also required.

Deadline: Nominations must be received by Feb. 28, 2020.

For more information, contact Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director, Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, at or (540) 857-6962.