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In year of crisis, new ACHIEVE scholarship helps keep Virginia Western students on track

Jagger LaDouceur had a plan and a budget. He was going to attend Virginia Western Community College for two years, then transfer to Virginia Tech to study Computer Science, and then get a job as a software developer. He thought he would be able to support this plan with Community College Access Program (CCAP) funding, but when he found out he didn’t receive this tuition assistance, he started second-guessing his college plans.

Jagger LaDouceur
Jagger LaDouceur

Fortunately for LaDouceur, funds he received from the Virginia Western ACHIEVE Scholarship will allow him to get started on his original plan by attending the College this fall. LaDouceur and 59 other first-year students were awarded these one-time, $1,000 tuition grants from the Virginia Western Educational Foundation in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Drawing on unrestricted reserve funds, the Educational Foundation established the ACHIEVE fund in April for students who met all CCAP requirements but, due to limited funds, could not receive the CCAP scholarship.

“When the pandemic hit, and we had so many students we weren’t able to fund through CCAP, our team felt we needed to find a creative solution and close the gap for eligible students,” said Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director of the Educational Foundation. “These students had already demonstrated their readiness to succeed at Virginia Western, and this was a way we could serve them and help keep them focused on their academic goals, remove financial barriers and allow them to start college close to home.”

For LaDouceur, the money will reduce the debt he will have to incur to follow his plan. “I know that Virginia Tech will be expensive (compared to Virginia Western), so I’m trying to reduce my costs and save as much as I can now.”

For student Caroline Treubert, having the ACHIEVE funds will allow her to keep the babysitting and house-sitting money she’s earned the past few years in the bank to use for future expenses in support of her plans to study science or law at Virginia Western and continue her education at James Madison, Radford or Virginia Tech universities.

Caroline Treubert

“I was so excited to hear I got this money,” said Treubert. “Without it, I’d be in a much worse position financially, and may not have been able to go as far as I hope to get my degree and get a good job.”

Increasing support for the CCAP program remains a top priority for the Educational Foundation, and the CCAP2 Campaign is ongoing through 2021.

CCAP is a public/private partnership that pays the cost of tuition for three years at Virginia Western if a qualified student does not have sufficient financial aid to pay tuition costs. CCAP supports as many qualified students as possible based on student need and funds available for each locality. 

Pandemic increases student emergency needs at Virginia Western

When spring classes at Virginia Western Community College were abruptly moved online last spring, many students found themselves unequipped to continue learning. Many didn’t have personal computers or internet service, and they didn’t have the finances to pay for these new necessities.

That was the case for William Hobbs, who was enrolled in computer and business classes last semester on his path toward an Integrated Environmental Studies degree. His Chromebook didn’t meet the requirements for his classes, and having lost his job due to the pandemic, he was unable to afford a new computer.

William Hobbs
William Hobbs

Money from the Virginia Western Rapids Response Fund allowed Hobbs to get a Windows-based laptop and prevented him from falling behind with his course load. He is on track to finish his associate degree this spring and plans to continue at University of Virginia or Virginia Tech next fall.

“I desperately needed a new computer so I could continue working on school,” said Hobbs. “I would not have been able to complete my coursework if it wasn’t for the financial help that the emergency funds program provided me. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and help I received, and I would highly recommend it to my peers if they are in financial need.”

Established by the Virginia Western Educational Foundation in 2005, the relief fund was set up to provide financial support (up to $500 per year) to students for unexpected emergency needs such as medical issues, car repairs or technology issues. The influx in applications this spring and fall affirms the increased hardship students are facing because of the pandemic. Nearly $4,000 has been awarded this year so far, nearly three times the amount as last year.

“We don’t want students to have to choose between pursuing their academic goals and basic needs,” said Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director for the Education Foundation. “Now, more than ever, our students need our support to navigate their academic and personal lives so sustaining this fund is even more critical.”

Click to donate to the Virginia Western Rapids Response Student Emergency Fund

Virginia Western announces new cohort of Fralin Futures STEM-H scholarship recipients

After a successful pilot year, the Virginia Western Community Educational Foundation expanded the Fralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship program, doubling the number of recipients for 2020-21.

Twenty-six students were named to the 2020-21 Fralin Scholars cohort and will receive financial and academic resources to assist them in completing their final semesters at Virginia Western and graduating as planned.

The Fralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship program launched in fall 2019 with 12 outstanding students in science, technology, math, engineering and the health professions. Of that initial cohort, 11 graduated by summer 2020, with the 12th student still enrolled at Virginia Western.

“We are incredibly happy to see the Foundation’s most prestigious scholarship start with such success,” said Amanda Mansfield, Educational Foundation Philanthropy Director. She noted that a survey of scholarship recipients showed 83 percent were uncertain they could have completed on time without the Fralin funding. In addition, half of the students said they used the support to meet unexpected and critical expenses that might have forced them to leave school.  

“What may be even more meaningful,” Mansfield said, “is the added program benefits of cohort activities.” All of the students said they were more likely to pursue leadership opportunities in the future, after attending a Fralin-sponsored leadership training. Ninety-one percent said they were more or much more likely to pursue mentorship opportunities in the future, due to their experience as a Fralin Scholar.

Funded through an endowment from the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust, the scholarship is meant to not only help recipients complete their degrees, but also to assist them in finding well-paying and engaging careers within STEM-H fields.

The idea for the program was sparked in 2017, when the Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for College scholarships, conducted a campuswide listening tour with faculty and staff. Vice President of Institutional Advancement Marilyn Herbert-Ashton said a number of staff members pointed out that sudden misfortune could easily derail students, especially adult learners. Unexpected bills, job loss, a lack of transportation, child and elder care are among the common challenges that can force an otherwise promising student to drop out.

Herbert-Ashton said those responses were not surprising. Nearly one-third of Virginia Western students are over age 25, and most juggle full- or part-time jobs in addition to their class schedules. Some are single parents, or are responsible for the care of aging relatives; a number are the first in their family to pursue a postsecondary education.

By covering the cost of a recipient’s final two semesters, the Fralin Futures program eases one of the major burdens that can make completing a degree seem daunting. Recipients receive an additional stipend each semester equal to their tuition, which can defray unexpected costs that might come up during a student’s final year.

In addition to receiving the scholarship support, Fralin Scholars are paired with mentors and receive the opportunity to attend relevant professional and educational events, both within and outside of Virginia. Programming in fall 2020 will be conducted virtually, with Zoom sessions connecting students to mentors, leadership training and counseling from the Hall Associates Career Center at Virginia Western.

The following students are part of the 2020-21 cohort:

Kimberly Archer, Nursing

Alexis Bedrosian, Nursing

Kaitlyn Bowman, Radiation Oncology

Raistlin Brabson, Mechatronics System Engineering Technology

Tuan Chau, Computer Science/Engineering

Meredith Dobyns, Radiation Oncology

Christina Fiedler, Nursing

Raegan Glenn, Dental Hygiene

Kristine Harper, Practical Nursing

Lorenzo Hernandez-Suarez, Mechatronics System Engineering Technology

Allyson Herriges, Health Sciences

Alicia Hibbs, Practical Nursing

Trevor Hill, Science

Gabriel Johnson, Engineering

Madeline Jones, Database and Program Development

Macie Killen, Mechatronics System Engineering Technology

Sara Kingery, Dental Hygiene

Carrie Lawson, Practical Nursing

Mackenzie Massey, Science

William McCoy, Computer Science

Giovanna Morabito, Dental Hygiene

Kira Shelor, Computer Science

Sarah Snyder, Radiography

Selma Sosic, Health Sciences

Rory Underwood, Engineering

Deana Valade, Nursing

Fralin Futures scholarship applications for the 2021-22 academic year will be accepted starting in March 2021. To qualify, students must have a 3.0 GPA in a STEM-H program of study at Virginia Western and be within two semesters of graduating. For more information, visit www.virginiawestern.edu/fralinfutures.

Virginia Western announces donations from Kroger and Kraft Heinz to renew support for Student Co-Op

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announces a $20,000 combined donation from Kroger and Kraft Heinz to renew support of the Virginia Western Student Co-Op fueled by Kroger. The Student Co-Op, which launched on campus in Fall Semester 2019, is aimed at eliminating student food insecurity at Virginia Western as part of Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan.

Kroger and Kraft Heinz donated $10,000 apiece to provide nutritious snacks and meals for students. In the 2019-2020 academic year, the Student Co-Op served more than 377 students, exceeding 2,454 student visits. It provided essential nourishment for food insecure students so they could continue their studies and succeed without worrying where and when their next meal would come.

“Before we launched the Student Co-Op, we estimated that up to 50 percent of our approximately 10,000 Virginia Western students could be going hungry every day. Through the immediate popularity of the Co-Op, we learned how real the need was,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “As the world has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are surely many more students who will need the sustenance that comes from the Co-Op. We are extremely thankful for Kroger and Kraft Heinz for their ongoing support of our students’ success.”

The Student Co-Op is located in the Strauss Family Student Life Center and is managed through Virginia Western’s student services, operating on an honor system with students logging their ID numbers to enter the space. There are healthy snacks, nonperishable items to create family meals and refrigerated items students can eat before class. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students have been able to schedule an appointment to visit or order online for pickup.

“Food insecurity on college campuses is an unfortunate reality for far too many students,” said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We felt privileged to be a part of launching the Student Co-Op in the fall of 2019, and are glad to continue our support of the important work being done on Virginia Western Community College’s campus.”

Individuals interested in supporting the Virginia Western Student Co-Op, should contact Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director of the Virginia Western Educational Foundation at amansfield@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6962.

Nursing faculty earn national distinction

For the first time in the history of Virginia Western Community College’s Nursing Program, six faculty members have earned the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), one of the highest distinctions for a nurse educator.

The faculty members earned the credential by meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous exam administered by the National League of Nursing.

“It’s important that we are always challenging ourselves to be better, and we also want to be the best for our students to inspire them to be successful. The way to do that is to be at the top of our game,” said Lauren Hayward, Administrative Officer for the College’s Nursing Program.

Nationally, the failure rate for the CNE exam is high, so the College was committed to providing the faculty with the tools they needed to prepare for success. The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded an Innovation Grant to provide funding to establish a library of resources, study materials and test fees.

Five of the six faculty members were scheduled to test in March before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted testing schedules, postponing exam completion until late summer.

“They rose to the challenge and kept their heads in the game,” said Hayward. “As nurses, we don’t get to collapse during a pandemic; we rise. They modeled resilience to each other, their peers, students and the community.”

Having most faculty members with this certification is unique for an associate-level nursing program, said Marilyn Herbert-Ashton, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

“This is another way to demonstrate that our faculty are continuously learning, and that commitment to lifelong learning is important for nursing students to see,” Herbert-Ashton said. “It’s another way for the community to see that we have a stellar nursing program, taught by faculty of the highest caliber.”

The Virginia Western nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. There are about 120 first- and second-year nursing students enrolled in the concept-based curriculum program. Sixty students graduated in May 2020 to pursue their careers as registered nurses.

Donor’s gift doubles amount of emergency funds available to students

An anonymous donor’s gift of $10,000 has doubled the amount of funding available in the Virginia Western Rapids Response Student Emergency Fund. The donor is a retired businessman and an alumnus of Virginia Western College who wants to help students struggling to balance school and financial emergencies during the COVID-19 crisis.

The donor recalled meeting his wife 45 years ago in a Virginia Western geology class. “We were so poor, we couldn’t afford to buy a Texas Instrument hand-held calculator for each of us, so I used my slide ruler and gave her the calculator,” he said.

After graduating from a Virginia four-year university with an engineering degree, the donor went on to found a successful business. He supported that university as an alumnus, “but I realize it is Virginia Western that needs my help now, and they were the first to help me. They prepared me for what was to come.”

His gift benefits a longstanding Virginia Western Educational Foundation fund that was newly renamed in spring 2020 to recognize the college’s athletics nickname – the Rapids – and to reflect the urgency behind its commitment to assisting students. Applicants may receive up to $500 per academic year to address a financial hardship that threatens to interfere with them completing their coursework.

“Right now, we are seeing students who lack a computer at home, so they cannot complete online classes,” said Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director of the Virginia Western Educational Foundation. “We’ve been able to buy them a laptop so they can finish the semester and hopefully graduate on time.”

In the past, the fund has been tapped quickly – within 48 hours of application – pay for unforeseen expenses such as medical or car repair bills. The Educational Foundation also can award Kroger grocery or gas cards, and arrange for emergency Uber rides to or from class.

“We know that most of our students work at least one job in addition to going to class. Their finances are tight, and with one missed bill things can quickly snowball,” Mansfield said. “The student can feel overwhelmed and lose focus on class. This fund helps take the pressure off.”

An applicant is also connected with a campus advisory council, whose members assess the student’s overall needs and help them connect with other community resources, such as the Bradley Free Clinic or the Council of Community Services.

“This isn’t just about providing that $500. We want our rapid response to also help connect the student to ongoing support and more long-term solutions,” Mansfield said.

To apply, students must be currently enrolled in at least 6 credits, have a minimum 2.0 GPA and meet other eligibility requirements. There is no deadline to apply; applications are accepted year-round.

Or contact:
Amanda Mansfield, Philanthropy Director
Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation
amansfield@virginiawestern.edu
(540) 857-6962

Educational Foundation awards Innovation Grants

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation awarded nearly $24,000 to six Virginia Western faculty and staff members to support innovative initiatives designed to positively impact student success and advance novel ideas. 

This year’s awardees received between $500-$7,200 apiece to fund their initiatives. The Educational Foundation’s Innovation Grant program has awarded 52 grants totaling more than $250,000 in the past decade.

This year’s winning projects are as varied as the curriculum at Virginia Western. One grant will purchase more microscopes and slides for a STEM lab; another will enable outreach and collaboration between the College and Northwest Roanoke in an effort to attract more students from that area.

“We’re always looking for bright ideas and creativity in action,” said Marilyn Herbert-Ashton, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “We are pleased that the funds will go to address real needs and enhance student success.”

The Innovation Grant program is funded by donors to the Educational Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the College. The program’s growth is the result of a concentrated effort to create awareness of the funds available and educate faculty and staff on the opportunities, steps to apply, and evaluating the overall application process with staff to make improvements the following year.

The investment made by the Foundation is much greater than microscopes and slides or other project materials, according to Edwin “Ed” Hall, Chair of the Foundation’s Scholarship and Grants Committee.

“The goal of the Foundation is to attract really good faculty and improve education to the highest level possible so our students are employable,” said Hall. “We’re focused on the long-term growth of the individual student as well as our community, and these grants provide a means for us to continue delivering on that.”

Applications for 2021-22 funding will be available in December, and proposals are due in March. All faculty and staff are eligible to submit proposals.

For more information, contact Carolyn Payne, Scholarship Coordinator, at cpayne@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6376.

2020-21 Innovation Grant Recipients

Proposal NameProject DescriptionAwardee/DeptAmount Awarded
Alleviating Barriers for Adult Learners Through Portfolio AssessmentProject phase 1 creates an innovative and more consistent credit for prior learning program for adult learners through portfolio development, assessment and evaluation. Professional development will educate us on how to engage key players, administer processes, create a pipeline of faculty evaluators, and outreach to students.Cathy Ferguson, School of CCT$5,000
Microscopes and Slides for STEM CenterThe primary goal of this project is to obtain microscopes and slides for the STEM center. Students will have greater access to microscopes in which they can utilize to enhance their technique and study for Biology laboratory exams.Matthew Goff, School of STEM$7,242
VWCC/Northwest Collaborative: United for ImpactTo increase the footprint of Virginia Western in Northwest Roanoke through collaboration with neighborhood, nonprofits and grassroots organizations which promote health, education and training and community development.Cheryl Hilton, TRIO Pathways$5,000
Accelerating the Automotive Technology PathwayIncrease students in BTT’s Automotive Analysis & Repair CSC courses. Expand program capacity, increase opportunity for new course development in automotive technology and support new automotive course partnerships focused on new English language learners.Wil Preston, School of CCT$3,000
Improv for Creative Teaching and LearningHelp foster a more creative culture at Virginia Western — ultimately improving the student learning experience — by providing an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn the basic techniques of improv theater.Stephanie Seagle, Institutional Advancement$500
Expanding Machining Program CapacityRestructure teaching space to create two dedicated teaching areas for the Machining Lab at the current Melrose campus, rearrange the machine shop layout to group machines to match the curriculum of the classes (Fundamentals, Milling, Turning and CNC Programming). We will also consolidate the former Industrial Maintenance lab equipment with newly purchased Mechatronics Fundamentals equipment into the STEM building for our partnership with the Mechatronics academic program.Bryan Walke, School of CCT$2,700

Virginia Western presents 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award to Tony Pearman

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation recognizes Tony Pearman (’10), President and CEO of Access Advertising and Public Relations, with its 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award.  Pearman first attended Virginia Western in 1998, later returning for additional coursework in 2008 and 2010. 

Virginia Western’s Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 2006 by the Virginia Western Alumni Association and recognizes Virginia Western Community College alumni and former students who have attained extraordinary distinction in their professional field or life. The award serves to honor all the men and women whose attendance at Virginia Western helped them achieve their educational and professional goals, allowing them to better serve their communities.

Pearman and colleague Todd Marcum formed Access Advertising & Public Relations in 1996. Since its founding, the agency has grown to serve clients throughout the Eastern United States and around the globe, and boasts more than 450 design and public relations awards for excellence. Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., with an office in Richmond, Access specializes in regional and national industry relationships that include focused work in healthcare, higher education and business-to-business. Among its clients are HCA Virginia, Virginia Tech, Marshall University, TMEIC, Optical Cable Corp., American General Life & Accident Insurance Co. and Medeco High Security Locks.

Access has been recognized with national Healthcare Advertising Awards, Cannonballs from The Richmond Show, Telly Awards, hundreds of local, regional and national ADDY Awards, CASE awards for work in higher education and Summit Awards from the Public Relations Society of America.

As a leading industry advocate for creative idea generation and impact, Pearman has served as chair of the National ADDY Committee, is a member of the national AAF Board of Directors, and is the recipient of the AAF Silver Medal for lifetime contributions to the advertising industry. Pearman has received both the Advertising Person of the Year award and the American Advertising Federation Silver Medal.

“Tony’s story illustrates the best outcomes of community college opportunity. His accomplishments and service have impacted so many lives – and his dedication to the success of our students is tremendous. We are honored and proud to recognize him as a Distinguished Alumni,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, president of Virginia Western Community College.

Through philanthropic and pro bono work that supports the community it serves, Access has been recognized for its impact in child abuse prevention, with the Roanoke City Police Department, the YCMA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and others. In 2006, Access became the first advertising and PR firm to be recognized with a Perry F. Kendig Award for its support of the arts.

“Virginia Western has been a trusted source of learning for myself, and for many members of my firm, for more than 20 years by not only providing ongoing continuing education but also producing some of Access’ and this region’s most talented marketers,” said Pearman. “As one of our strongest client relationships, Access has been proud to give back to Virginia Western by working to support the vital resources they provide for our community.”

Pearman continues to support Virginia Western student success and achievement through the Pearman Annual Scholarship, which provides assistance for tuition, books and other related expenses to second-year students enrolled in the College’s Visual Design Program on a full- or part-time basis.  Heavy emphasis in the award process is placed on the merit of the student’s portfolio, which receives evaluation by Virginia Western faculty.  Pearman has also dedicated focus and energy to higher education as an advertising and design adjunct faculty member at Virginia Tech.

For more information on the Virginia Western Alumni Association, see virginiawestern.edu/alumni or contact Philanthropy Director Amanda Mansfield at amansfield@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6962.

Prior Distinguished Alumni honorees: 

2019 – Deborah L. Petrine (’76)

2018 – Elizabeth Testerman (’06)

2017 – Dr. Carol Swain (’78)

2016 – Dr. Mary Loritsch (’74) and Chief Michael Crawley

2015 – Debbie Yancey (’97)

2014 – Chief Craig S. Harris (’00) and J. David Wine (’73)

2013 – Cheryl Cunningham (’86)

2012 – Anne Hogan (’76)

2011 – Carolyn Webster (’81)

2010 – Russell H. Ellis (’80)

2009 – Shirl D. Lamanca (’75) and Dennis R. Cronk (’72)

2008 – Donna L. Mitchell (’81)

2007 – Dr. Kent A. Murphy and Charlotte C. Tyson (’84)

2006 – John B. Williamson III (’75)

Virginia Western presents 2020 Community College Impact Award to Kroger

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation presented the 2020 Community College Impact Award to Kroger, in recognition of its monetary and gift in-kind support to advance the fight against student food insecurity. The award was to have been presented publicly on March 25, 2020, at the Educational Foundation’s Annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony, which was cancelled in accordance with measures to support public health and safety.  The Educational Foundation is pleased to share the announcement today.

One of the highest honors the College can bestow, the Community College Impact Award serves to recognize significant philanthropic and community support by individuals, corporations or organizations that will provide perpetuating benefits for Virginia Western, its students and the region at large.

Virginia Western Community College dedicated the Virginia Western Student Co-op, fueled by Kroger in September 2019 in recognition of Kroger’s visionary stance in fighting student hunger, and for their collaborative support in bringing additional partner Kraft Heinz to join the venture. Pioneering the Co-op was the first initiative of its kind at a community college for both national organizations, and is a result of the focus held by Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Plan.

With its roots as a food pantry supported by faculty, staff and student donations, the expanded Student Co-Op’s impact has already served nearly 300 students in more than 1,500 individual visits with access to high-quality, healthy foods at no cost to help them succeed in their studies. 

“Hunger has many faces.  While Virginia’s Community Colleges are proud to provide affordable, high-quality education, it is estimated that, despite the savings we offer, as many as 50 percent of Virginia’s community college students still suffer from food insecurity,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “That means instead of concentrating on their studies, these students are focusing on decisions they shouldn’t have to make – cutting the size of meals or skipping meals because there isn’t enough money for food.  Thanks to the untiring efforts and support of Kroger, we are eliminating this roadblock to success.  It is our privilege to present Virginia Western’s 2020 Community Impact Award to Kroger.”

Kroger’s initial gift of $10,000 turned what was before just a few shelves of food into a complete food pantry that now fills an entire office in the College’s Student Life Center, complete with fresh paint and signage. The Student Co-Op also benefited from Kroger-donated shelving, reusable cinch sack food bags and reusable water bottles.  Ongoing food purchasing continues.

Kroger executive David Dantzler, a former and current Educational Foundation Board of Directors member, worked tirelessly to bring the Student Co-Op to fruition, meeting with food pantry experts and nutritionists to help develop a process and inventory to meet students’ needs.

“People don’t always consider college students when thinking of groups who face hunger, but many of these students are food insecure,” said Dantzler at the Co-op Grand Opening. “Establishing new partnerships and finding creative ways to solve hunger in the community is the spirit of our Zero Hunger Zero Waste commitment. We’re proud to bring food to Virginia Western Community College students who are struggling to find their next meal.”

For more information about the Foundation’s annual Community Impact Award or the Virginia Western Student Co-op, fueled by Kroger, contact Philanthropy Director Amanda Mansfield at amansfield@virginiawestern.edu or (540) 857-6962.

Educational Foundation announces Spring scholarship recipients

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announces that it awarded $137,395 in scholarships to 83 students enrolled in the Spring Semester 2020 at Virginia Western Community College.

Applications are being accepted for Fall Semester 2020 scholarships through May 3, 2020. Students are eligible for awards that range from $500 to full tuition support or assistance with book expenses. Applicants fill out one online application; learn more at https://www.virginiawestern.edu/scholarship/. Virginia Western’s Fall Semester begins on August 24, 2020.

RecipientLocalitySpring 2020 Award(s)
Carstella OsborneAlleghany CountyFriendship Annual Scholarship
Sydney DawsonAmelia CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Raegan GlennAugusta CountyOrrin Clifton Annual Scholarship & Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Kaylee PitsenbargerAugusta CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Brandon CampbellBedford CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Scott CampbellBedford CountyAppalachian Power Endowed Scholarship & Stanard and Betty Lanford Endowed Scholarship
Rachel CarrickBedford CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Courtney ConnerBedford CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Kayla JamersonBedford CountyAlice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Jesica MartinBedford CountyEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Kris HarperBotetourt CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Rachel KickuthBotetourt CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Thomas McGrathBotetourt CountyFralin & Waldron, Inc. Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Craig E. Via
Alec RichBotetourt CountyWilliam Bernard Alphin Annual Scholarship
Allison SmithBotetourt CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Laura MontemurroChesterfield CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Michael WhittakerFloyd CountyAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Michael AnthonyFranklin CountyBridging the Gap Endowed Scholarship & Garnett E. and Patsy T. Smith Endowed Scholarship
Brianna BrownFranklin CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Autum FoleyFranklin CountyThe Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Taylor KiddFranklin CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Laura LivingstonFranklin CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Kelsey McPhersonFranklin CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Deana ValadeFranklin CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Kyndal GunterHalifax CountyLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship & Rita Halsey David Radiography Endowed Scholarship
Jacqueline Machuca TiznadoMartinsvilleRefugee and Immigrant Scholarship
Amanda ChrisleyMontgomery CountyAl Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Tori KingMontgomery CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Tyler NibblettPittsylvania CountyAlice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Antoinette MacklinRichmond CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Kimberly ArcherRoanoke CityMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Scott BowmanRoanoke CityBusiness, Technology & Trades Annual Scholarship in honor of Deborah A. Yancey
Amber BrownRoanoke CityMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Vanessa DeesRoanoke CityBB&T Endowed Scholarship
Kirstin DeVoeRoanoke CityWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Ethan ExlineRoanoke CityRoanoke Electric Steel Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Caleb GibneyRoanoke CityMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
William HobbsRoanoke CityDolores Martin Skelly Endowed Scholarship & The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Elsa LedyardRoanoke CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Pearman Annual Scholarship
Ebony Lynch-ThomasRoanoke CityFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Sabin MainaliRoanoke CityThe Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Harvey MurdochRoanoke CityDonald Willson Memorial Scholarship
Nargis NoorzadRoanoke CityRefugee and Immigrant Scholarship
Lauren OliveiraRoanoke CityDr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship
Reba PickeralRoanoke CityAl Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Teri RobinsonRoanoke CityBank of Botetourt H. Watts Steger, III Annual Scholarship
Jamie SieversRoanoke CityMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship & Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Meghan SizemoreRoanoke CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Locene YarmahRoanoke CityDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Devin AgostoRoanoke CountyAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Grey AlphinRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Katie BechtoldRoanoke CountyFralin & Waldron, Inc. Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Craig E. Via & Stanard and Betty Lanford Endowed Scholarship
Michayla BelcherRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Tanner BrammerRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Noah CollinsRoanoke CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Christina ConstableRoanoke CountyVFCCE Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Rachel DavisRoanoke CountyAlumni Association Annual Book Scholarship & Barry L. Pendrey Memorial Scholarship
Spencer GlowczynskiRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Jill HallRoanoke CountyValley Bank Endowed Scholarship
Andrea HarmanRoanoke CountyWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Elizabeth HollingsworthRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Peaceful HtooRoanoke CountyThe Elizabeth and Harry Sellers Annual Scholarship
Elisabeth HutchinsRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Dr. Elizabeth W. Payne Endowed Scholarship
Carson LillyRoanoke CountyJ.K. and Donna Speas Annual Scholarship
Haley MayhewRoanoke CountyMartha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Daniel NaryRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Andres Peralta MazzitelliRoanoke CountyDr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship
Katrin PolcuchRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Brooke RakesRoanoke CountyLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship & Nursing Endowed Scholarship
Madison SaundersRoanoke CountyPetroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Laurel SheltonRoanoke CountyBeverly and Leon Harris Teaching and Nursing Annual Scholarship
Selma SosicRoanoke CountyThe Maury L. Strauss Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Canzaeda SoutherlandRoanoke CountyConnie Stephens May Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Rory UnderwoodRoanoke CountyNicholas E. Janney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Liam WilliamsRoanoke CountyEmployee Family Scholarship
Taylor AlbaneseSalemEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Brianna BattagliaSalemLewis Gale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Jessica GrahamSalemFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Samuel GreenSalemAl Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Landon HyltonSalemFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship & Petroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Sara HyltonSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Martha and William Adams Trust Scholarship
Daniel LemonsSalemAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Alexa WarmeSalemEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship

For information on donating to or establishing a scholarship at Virginia Western, contact Philanthropy Director Amanda Mansfield at (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.