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Dantzler, James join Educational Foundation Board

David Dantzler and Rick James have joined the Board of Directors of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.

Dantzler is District Manager of Kroger Mid-Atlantic and a member of the Foundation’s Scholarship and Grants Committee. James is Executive Vice President of Adams Construction Company and a member Foundation’s CCAP2 Campaign Cabinet.

The volunteer Board of Directors guides the Educational Foundation’s mission of supporting student scholarships, faculty development and endowment initiatives at Virginia Western. Board members have been the driving force behind Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP), a successful public-private partnership that provides up to three years of tuition to eligible students.

With CCAP, homeschool family finds easy transition to college

The Richards Family of Franklin County has sent three of their homeschooled children to Virginia Western, thanks to the Community College Access Program. From left, Hannah (’17), her father Allen, her mother Sonja, brother Lucas and sister Sarah (’19).

(Published in the Winter 2020 Edition of IMPACT magazine, a publication of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation.)

When Sonja Richards and her husband, Allen, first got married, they didn’t foresee having children. But they ended up having eight — three of whom are still going through college, and two who are fast approaching their senior years in high school.

“All we ever heard was, ‘How are you going to put them through college?’ ” Richards said. “My answer has always been, ‘God gave us the children and he’ll provide for them.’ “

That providence came in the form of Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP). The program covers up to three years of tuition, making college affordable for families whose income disqualifies them from federal student aid. Homeschooled students and those graduating from public or private high schools in Salem, Botetourt, Franklin, Craig or Roanoke counties are eligible for CCAP. High school seniors graduating from public schools in Roanoke can also apply. 

Richards said the program was first brought to her attention by Susan Layne, a career coach at Virginia Western who attends Richards’ church. She often sought out Layne’s advice, looking for the best way to pay for her children’s schooling.

“She just came up to me one day and said, ‘Did you hear CCAP has opened up to homeschoolers in Franklin County?’ And I said, ‘No,’ ” Richards said. “And she said, ‘Well, I figured you were the one who petitioned to get it opened.’ “

Layne introduced Richards to Carolyn Payne, Virginia Western’s CCAP & Scholarship Program Coordinator. Since then, Richards said Payne has been a godsend, cheerfully answering questions and helping the family in any way she can. With Payne’s help, Richards’ second oldest daughter, Hannah, became the first to benefit from CCAP, beginning in fall 2015. Hannah earned an associate degree in 2017 and transferred to Virginia Tech to study interior design. Another child, Sarah, also received her associate degree through the program in spring 2019. A third, Lucas, started at Virginia Western in fall 2019. 

Richards said the program has allowed her family to forego student loans, despite having several children who are simultaneously working toward collegiate degrees. 

“All of our children — and we as well — are still debt-free at this point,” Richards said. “They have no school loans and no car loans.”

In addition to making college affordable, Richards said that CCAP has also made it easier for her children to transition from a homeschool education to a four-year college experience. So far, all of her children have attended Virginia Western before later transferring to a four-year university, Richards said. The college’s proximity to the Richards’ home in Franklin County has allowed her family to maintain the social circles they’ve built through homeschooling and church. 

“Virginia Western has been the way to go for us,” Richards said. “They were still at home, still busy at our church. It just gave them a good start to college.”

Through CCAP, Richards has been able to guarantee her children a quality education while keeping her family close. 

“I pray CCAP will still be available for our last three, and that Carolyn Payne will stick around until they finish,” she said. 

Educational Foundation announces CCAP students for 2019-20

Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) is making college possible this fall for 440 recent graduates of Roanoke Valley high schools.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership. CCAP provides up to three years of tuition for high school graduates who meet program requirements, as funding allows. Since 2008, more than 2,800 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

Parents and students interested in learning more CCAP are invited to attend any of the public information sessions planned through January 2020. The 2020 CCAP application period opened Oct. 1 and closes Feb. 1, 2020.

The following meetings will be held in Whitman Theatre on the campus of Virginia Western, 3095 Colonial Ave., in Roanoke. (For a map and parking information, see www.virginiawestern.edu/about)

  • Nov. 7, 2019:  6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 10, 2019: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 9, 2020:  6:30 to 8 p.m.

To stay up-to-date on CCAP news, see www.virginiawestern.edu/ccap. Sign up for important CCAP updates about application deadlines, financial aid workshops and more by texting “CCAP2020” to 31996. (Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help; message and data rates apply.)

For more information about CCAP, see virginiawestern.edu/ccap or contact Carolyn Payne, CCAP Coordinator: (540) 857-7544 or cpayne@virginiawestern.edu.

CCAP recipients for 2019-20 are:



Samantha Aldrich, Robert Beard, Emily Bruno, Caitlin Campbell, Brody Cook, Shane Edmonds, Craig Farmer, Krysten Fitzgerald, Cassie Frantz, Jonathan Girard, Coulter Hodges, Ashton Huddleston, Isaac Krepps, Jessica Lancenese, Aimee Lowe, Madison MacLean, Trinity Martin, Randall McGee, Zachary Noel, Kayla Overstreet, Erin Peery, Jessica Rocha, Ariana Rochay, Mason Spillman, Anne-Michael Westland, Hunter Williams, Daniel Williamson, Caroline Wilson and Christopher Worsley


Madison Bowen, Hannah Elias, Frederick Elliott, Eric Filer, Brady Firestone, Brycen Ford, Bryson Gray, Martha Guffey, Kyle Hayslett, Catelyn Hoyt, Rachel Kickuth, Aaron King, William McAllister, Daniel Peters, Riley Sartorius and Allison Smith

3rd YEAR

Kylie Angel, Blair Grim, David Kreyling, Austin Metz, Madison Poole, Erik Swortzel and Amanda Wright



Ashlyn Bradley, Caleb Cook, Madison Hannah, Elizabeth Howard, Maggie Huffman, Taylor Huffman, Tyra Hutton, Sunny Mason, Sadie McAllister, Kaylee Pauley, Jake Robertson, Brandon Swingle, Laneley Taylor and Caleb Todd


Alison Maguire and Erin Maguire

3rd YEAR

Maddy Jones



Marco Antonio Aguilar, Braden Ashby, Raleigh Beaman, William Boylan, Alyssa Brown, Brianna Brown, Emma Burrows, Samantha Chaudet, Justice Coleman, Hannah Collins, Matthew Conde, John Crandall, Emily Crowe, Rhianna Dudley, Alyvia Eaton, Abigail England, Jacob Flora, Noah Florio, Autum Foley, Easton Forbes, Elizabeth Foster, Cade Gallimore, Dakota Grant, Jakob Greenway, Kaleb Grindstaff, Selena Harden, Ashley Hartmann, Katelyn Herlehy, Taylor Hill, Katharine Hillard, Jade Hurd, Charleigh Martin, Morgan McGuire, Taylor McPherson, Valerie Meadows, Cheyenne Mullins, Breanna O’Neal, Logan Patsel, Kaylee Perdue, Lucas Richards, Andrew Robertson, Kaitlin Saunders, Nora Shanahan, Mackenzie Sisson, Dakota Smith, Hayley Smith, Alicia St Clair, John Turner, Daniel Tyree, Presley Washburn, Cheyene Williamson, Madison Wray and Evan Yerkey


Mackenzie Akers, Hannah Arrington, Gideon Bernard, Elizabeth Burrell, Renee Cundiff, Jordan Hall, Sydney Hamilton, Donovan Hartman, Brittani Hatch, Jesse Hodges, Daniel Hoffman, Peyton Ingram, Gabriel Johnson, Riley McCranie, Tyler Nelson, Rachel Power, Savanna Reed, Marimar Spangler, Ashley Stubbs and Emily Stubbs

3rd YEAR

Logan Akers, Keith Anderson, Grace Burrows, Joshua Cooper, Victoria Hillard, Reagan Hunley, Hannah Ingram, Terrell Preston, Anna Richardson, Paula Torres and Morgan Wood



Keegan Abajace, Kendra Alexander, Evelin Argueta, Matthew Ball, Lea Barbour, Myah Brown, Jazayah Bruce, Anita Budathoki, Samantha Burkhart, Jeniya Calloway, Juliette CdeBaca, Nickolas Chu, Aubrey Craye, Alexander Crow, Robert DeMattia, Kevin Draper, Autumn Drummond, Stesony Elma, Niyogushima Estela, Mackenzie Gilliam, Damon Goetten, Nazier Graves, Julianne Henny, Legend Howard, Lucy Jacobs, Maaliya Jenkins, Gabrielle Jennings, Elizabeth Kasongo, Brianna Keeling, Brianna Kindzred, Emma Land, Eve LaPradd, Cameron Lawrence, Brianna LeFlore, Brenda Lopez, Kaitlyn Lumpkin, Jaime Mason, Joseph McKoy, Payton McMahon, Danielle Mickey, Elissa Miller, Morgan Montgomery, Pamela Ngoy, Elijah Noland, Caitlin Oakes, Mason Opperman, Mark Overstreet, Dorian Pryor, Kassandra Rodriguez, Zachary Sane, Steven Sawyer, Kira Shelor, Jacob Snellings, Skylor Stallworth, Jonathan Stanley, Tamiah Stewart, Izaak Sutherland, Farrin Swartz, Alysha Tolley, Charles Wilson, Kaylee Wilson and Melissa Zegben


Tyler Burns, Karen Castaneda, Lydia Christopher, Kayla Clark, Baylee Cooper, Maria Cortes, Rebecca Drumheller, Alissa Edwards, Jannet Hernandez Ortiz, William Hobbs, Madeline Jones, Kendall Land, Davis Lee, Evelyn Martinez, Farhiya Mberwa, Suzanne Moore, Keoshae Morris, Devin Overton, Carrie Pohlman, Yasmin Roiter, Sheridan Saunders, Somina Som, Elliot Woodrum and Virginia Yemey

3rd YEAR

Whitney Bills, Andrew Clark, Dayan Martinez Murillo, Derek McIntyre, Noah Melton, Marla Moock, Keira O’Neill and Colin Smith



Noah Alderman, Moises Alegre, Cayla Alexander, Makenzie Anders, Laurel Ayers, Jake Balsley, Kayla Bartholomew, Brooke Bess, Derek Bocock, Jasmine Bowman, Connor Brennan, Cassidy Caldwell, Jennifer Caudle, Jessica Caudle, Zachary Chittum, Mayali Clary, Jasmine Colburn, Madison Cole, Alexis Cook, Chandlor Desper, Kaylee Eldred, MacKenzie Eubank, Elizabeth Francis, Rane Garmon, Nathan Goerner, Christopher Hall, Caroline Harrington, Emma Hartless, Hunter Hartman, Quamyrha Hayden, Cameron Hicks, Ashlyn Hubble, Matthew Huber, Corey Hudson, Mallory Hughes, Mirza Jarcevic, Emmerson Jessee, Fayth Keatts, Laurel LaBrie, Brooke Lay, Adelia Mau, Brennon McBee, John McMahon, Kacie Moore, Caitlin Morris, Daniel Nary, Selena Nguyen, Lisette Nucamendi, Madison Osburn, Sierra Perdue, Dung Phu, Cameron Preast, Lauren Price, Brandon Pugh, Brianna Saunders, Hannah Schram, Brandi Shepherd, Cameron Shepherd, Noah Shipwash, Jackson Smith, Troy Smith, Tyler Smith, Olivia Sodre, Selma Sosic, Brandon Spradlin, Amanda Surface, Justin Talford, Daryl Thompson, Ivana Topalovic, Nhan Tran, Phan Truong, Rachel Warren, Annalise Wheeler, Lauren Wilson, Tait Wilson, Mitchell Winters, Madison Wright, Nathan Wright and Elexia Wynn


Alexander Altice, Joshua Argabright, Taylor Beck, Dane Blackwood, Tristan Brady, Joseph Bryant, Juanita Byrd, Madison Byrd, Justin Campbell, Saje Carter, Bailey Chapman, Brianna Christian, Michael Cone, Jasmine Crawford, Caitlyn Croft, Jonathan Dalton, Amberlee Davis, Rachel Davis, Jared Dennis, Jacob Ellis, Allison Faulkner, Hannah Gillispie, Justin Hampton, Madison Hanes, Silas Henderson, Amer Hodzic, Asia Holland, Ahna Huff, Eric Hughes, Hunter Jarrett, Corrie Johnson, Hunter Johnston, Alexander Jones, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Lee, Kathleen Linsenman, Schuyler Lynch, Olivia McKinney, Carrington Morris, Julia Nelson, Ryan Novitsky, Johan Ramirez, Carla Risser, Jessie Roberts, Laurel Shelton, Chloe Simpson, Kelsey Sledd, Andrew Smith, Callie St.Clair, Bailey Waller-Smith, Nicholas Wilson and Kayleigh Wyatt

3rd YEAR

Tristan Anderson, Daniel Carroll, Hannah Childress, Nichole Dulaney, Dillon Frost, Katherine Le, Cara Martin and Michael Richardson



Jacob Alley, Janiyah Bailey, Ethan Beutell, Suzanne Carter, James Davis, Joshua Duhon, Matthew Elmore, Taylor Elmore, Miranda Fiedler, Trevor Gallagher, Jack Gladden, Hailey Hadwin, William Harless, Makenzie Harlow, Matthew Hernandez, Gil Houston, Landon Hylton, Megan Kelliher, Haley Patterson, Conner Payne, Joci Payne, Kenna Payne, Danijel Pranjic, John Price, Nathan Richards, Indigo Ritter, Micheal Rock, Zada Seibert, Alexis Stover, Gabrielle Strickler, Daniel Sublett, Tamara Tabachka, Hannah Terry, Alexa Warme and Brianna Warme


Rachel Ahlers, Taylor Albanese, Harlee Allen, Lindsey Amiot, Kenneth Bagnasco, Sidney Booze, Elijah Ford, Jessica Graham, Thomas Helvey, Sade Holland, Connar Johnson, Claire Maxey, Joshua McClure, Jamie Parker, Jacob Stewart and Dylan Trail

3rd YEAR

Kelly Richards, Zachary Ward and Kayla Wright

Supporting CCAP’s Future:

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation has embarked on a fundraising campaign to support the evolution of its transformative Community College Access Program.  Program enhancements include part-time eligibility, three years for completion, and the inclusion of the acquisition of industry-recognized certificates and credentials. 

 For more information about how you can join the localities, businesses, foundations, alumni, parents and friends that make college possible, contact Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director; (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.