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Educational Foundation announces spring scholarship recipients

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announces that it awarded scholarships to 113 students attending the spring 2021 semester at Virginia Western Community College.

Deadline to apply for fall 2021 scholarships is May 3, 2021. Apply now at: www.virginiawestern.edu/scholarship.  

RecipientLocalitySpring 2021 Award(s)
Carstella OsborneAlleghany CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Raegan GlennAugust CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Giovanna MorabitoAugust CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Tammy MiniBedford CityFoot Levelers Endowed Scholarship
Erin HeltonBedford CountyAlumni Association Annual Book Scholarship & The John Mathis, MD and Krista Crawford-Mathis Endowed Scholarship
Harleigh LyleBedford CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Jesica MartinBedford CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Dr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship
Olivia OverstreetBedford CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
James WadeBedford CountyConstruction Management Certificate Program Scholarship
Jacob BerryBotetourt CountyNicholas E. Janney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Mark DeHartBotetourt CountyGerry Montgomery Meador Endowed Scholarship
Joseph DesaiBotetourt CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Cassie FeltisBotetourt CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship & Kiwanis Club of Botetourt County Endowed Scholarship
Macie KillenBotetourt CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Melina SmithBotetourt CountyEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Kelsey WilliamsonBotetourt CountyEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Justin YoungBotetourt CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Therese TownsendFairfax CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Lisa DanielsFloyd CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Brienna ShapiroFloyd CountyThe William Bernard Alphin Annual Scholarship
Lisa AnthonyFranklin CountyVWCC Culinary Scholarship
Michael AnthonyFranklin CountyJames Mark Mitchell Memorial Art Endowed Scholarship & Pearman Annual Scholarship
Heidi AustinFranklin CountyShentel Foundation Annual Scholarship & SunTrust Community Service Endowed Scholarship
Austin BehrendtFranklin CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Foster BornsteinFranklin CountyWilliam Milton Meador Endowed Scholarship
Raistlin BrabsonFranklin CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Jennifer BruigntonFranklin CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Cade CobbsFranklin CountyAl Pollard Memorial Scholarships for the Culinary Arts & VWCC Culinary Scholarship
Gabriel JohnsonFranklin CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Kevin KirkhamFranklin CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Kiril LozeauFranklin CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Mackenzie MasseyFranklin CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Deana ValadeFranklin CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Meredith DobynsLynchburgFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Amanda ChrisleyMontgomery CountyAl Pollard Memorial Scholarships for the Culinary Arts & VWCC Culinary Scholarship
Hannah ChambersPoquosonThe Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Sara EdwardsRadfordMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Brittany AkersRoanoke CityPearman Annual Scholarship
Kimberly ArcherRoanoke CityFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Nathan AustinRoanoke CityGertrude Light Hubbard Endowed Scholarship
Sapana BaniyaRoanoke CityPetroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship & The Flippin Family Endowed Scholarship
Anita BudathokiRoanoke CityDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Nickolas ChuRoanoke CityBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jacob ColeRoanoke CityConstruction Management Certificate Program Scholarship
Laura HardyRoanoke CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
William HobbsRoanoke CityDolores Martin Skelly Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Madeline JonesRoanoke CityFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Benjamin MacDonaldRoanoke CityMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Antoinette MacklinRoanoke CityRichfield Living Annual Nursing Scholarship
Sabin MainaliRoanoke CityJ.K. and Donna Speas Annual Scholarship & Virginia Western BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Annual Scholarship
Liannah MauldinRoanoke CityVFCCE Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Derek McIntyreRoanoke CityThe Elizabeth and Harry Sellers Annual Scholarship
Marla MoockRoanoke CityAmerican Sign Language Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Laura Knight Schowe & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Seweryn MorgiewiczRoanoke CityKatherine Futrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Nargis NoorzadRoanoke CityRefugee and Immigrant Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Kira ShelorRoanoke CityFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Meghan SizemoreRoanoke CityPeter and Roseta Skelly Endowed Scholarship
Mahoro TumainiRoanoke CityMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Bradley WallaceRoanoke CityAppalachian Power Endowed Scholarship & John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Jakym WhiteRoanoke CityEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Ephraimina Adu-NewmanRoanoke CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Katie BechtoldRoanoke CountyFriendship Annual Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Alexis BedrosianRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Kaitlyn BowmanRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Xiaoyan CaoRoanoke CountyBusiness, Technology & Trades Annual Scholarship in honor of Deborah A. Yancey & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jeremiah CarterRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Casey CartyRoanoke CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Bailey CassellRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Sada CharlemagneRoanoke CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Alexa CrosierRoanoke CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Sean DooleyRoanoke CountyDennis Spaulding Memorial Developmental Scholarship
Jamie DyerRoanoke CountyDennis L. & Hazel Phillips Blalock Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Chasity EasterRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Christina FiedlerRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Whitney GoodwinRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation General Scholarship & John Hall and Chris Tucker Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Christopher HallRoanoke CountyEmployee Giving Annual Scholarship & Martha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Kristine HarperRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Kadie HarrisRoanoke CountyAlice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Ellen HartleyRoanoke CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Quamyrha HaydenRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Lorenzo Hernandez-SuarezRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Alicia HibbsRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Trevor HillRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Shannon HoeyRoanoke CountyRichard J. Gaynor Memorial Scholarship
Elisabeth HutchinsRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Rachel HutchinsRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship & Odasz Annual Scholarship
Jacob JohnsonRoanoke CountyLucian Y. and June B. Grove Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Jason KroegerRoanoke CountyAl Pollard Memorial Scholarships for the Culinary Arts & VWCC Culinary Scholarship
MIchelle LabrecqueRoanoke CountyMartha & William Adams Scholarship Trust
Lesley LanghornRoanoke CountySuzanne Hanks Paralegal Endowed Scholarship
Carrie LawsonRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Haley MayhewRoanoke CountyRita Halsey David Radiography Endowed Scholarship
William McCoyRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Daniel NaryRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Nathan PatrickRoanoke CountyAl Pollard Memorial Scholarships for the Culinary Arts & VWCC Culinary Scholarship
Nicole PodleckiRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Amber RickmanRoanoke CountyWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Elise SaundersRoanoke CountyThe Kroger Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Madison SaundersRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Michael SecrestRoanoke CountyDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Laurel SheltonRoanoke CountyBeverly and Leon Harris Teaching and Nursing Annual Scholarship
Sarah SnyderRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Rebecca TownleyRoanoke CountyDr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship
Rory UnderwoodRoanoke CountyFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Arlyse WashRoanoke CountyDonald Willson Memorial Scholarship & David L. Nickerson Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Britney WelliverRoanoke CountyDr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship & Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Kayla WittRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Zachary HostetterRockbridge CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Zoe AustSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Tuan ChauSalemFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Landon HyltonSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Sara KingerySalemFralin Futures STEM-H Scholarship
Alexa WarmeSalemMcFarland Endowed Scholarship
For information on donating to or establishing a scholarship at Virginia Western, contact Donor  Relations Coordinator Amanda Mansfield at (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu. 

Support VWCC Nursing with virtual 5K race

The Virginia Western Community College nursing program announces the Nurses Run for Education Virtual 5K race to support the program, students and future front-line workers. Participants in the event can run or walk the 5K distance at the location of their choice from April 17 through Nurses Week May 14, 2021. T-shirt and donation funds raised for the event will support the Virginia Western Educational Foundation’s Nursing Program Fund.

To register for the event and to select your race T-shirt for participating, please visit: http://www.fuzzypickletshirts.com/vwcc5k. Participants can run or walk in the comfort of their own environment (or treadmill) and at their own pace without judgement. The purpose of this annual event is to support Virginia Western nursing students and the nursing program, while promoting a sense of community and compassion in the community. 

“I am so proud to be a student in the Virginia Western nursing program. During this pandemic, it has become apparent that we need strong, capable, compassionate nurses across the country,” said Kara Gerenser, a first-year nursing student. “I couldn’t think of a better career choice than having the opportunity to help people every single day.”

“Our nursing program fund is new this year and we are thrilled to launch this race as a way to raise much-needed funds for our program and our students,” said Darla Summers, a nursing faculty member. “So many of our students will soon be front-line workers and they have been affected financially and personally by the COVID-19 pandemic like all of us. Public support will help them complete their education and be prepared with the knowledge and the skills they need to support our community medically through this time. In addition, funds go directly back to the nursing program to support innovative teaching methods, buy enhance medical equipment and resources for our students to keep up with the ever changing field of medical science. “

To donate online directly to the Nursing Program Fund, you can visit here and put “Nursing Program Fund” in the “Other” field. Your generous donation will support our future nurses and the nursing program.

“Nursing is my second career in life. I chose this program because I’ve had the privilege of working in the accounting/business side of healthcare for years and I’ve seen the negative effects of healthcare on people’s lives when they receive poor care,” said Deana Valade, a second-year nursing student. “As nurses, we are the front line workers with our patients so we start the domino effect of healthcare and we also finish it. We are a transfer of care that never ends. All of this is to say that Virginia Western’s RN program has shaped me into the nurse that I have always wanted to be and that is so vital in today’s healthcare.”

Virginia Western’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Nursing was established in 1972 to prepare students for licensure as a registered nurse. The nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

The two-year nursing program has a competitive admissions process that attracts more than 500 applicants annually. Graduates complete more than 500 hours of clinical experiences providing direct patient care in the Roanoke Region. Nearly 90 percent of nursing graduates continue to live and work in the Roanoke Region after completing their studies.

Virginia Western and the Nursing Program thank our dedicated sponsors for this event:

GOLD

Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery

Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics

Christ Temple Bible Way

SILVER

Virginia Western Nursing Program

Medtronic

BRONZE

Dr. Thomas Frimpong, Complex Spine Neurosurgeon

Dr. Chine Sp Logan, Endovascular Neurosurgeon

Dr. Jonathan McNeal, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Andrew Nicholson, Neuro Interventional Radiologist

Dr. Bryan Collier, Trauma Surgeon

Schwartz & Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers Roanoke-Lynchburg

Brad Thomas, Mountain View Restate

Big Lick Brewery

LewisGale Medical Center

A&E Foundations

Jason Bialeck Mortage Team Guaranteed Rate

Shear Perfection Salon

Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar

Fleet Feet

HONORABLE MENTION

Dr. Gary Simonds, Neurosurgeon

Dr. Edgar Weaver Jr., Neurosurgeon

Shenandoah Valley Organic creates scholarship to support agriculture studies

Virginia Western Community College announces a new scholarship for Agriculture students, designed to attract a more diverse group of farmers to the industry.

Shenandoah Valley Organic has established the $5,000 annual scholarship, which will provide funds for tuition, books and fees to one student per academic year pursuing an Associate Degree in Agriculture. The goal is to help boost the shrinking industry and draw a new generation of farmers from more diverse backgrounds, including females, minorities and urban residents. 

Shenandoah Valley Organic is a farm collaborative founded in 2014 in Harrisonburg, Va., to promote and protect generational family farming. Shenandoah Valley is the parent company of Farmer Focus, an organic chicken brand available in groceries across the Commonwealth. 

“With over 70 partner farms in the state, our mission is to inspire people to get excited about farming and its lifestyle,” said Lorenzo Bared, Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development of Shenandoah Valley Organic. “Virginia Western was a perfect fit, as their program is aligned with our mission of protecting and promoting generational family farms. Our hope is that younger people consider a future in farming and see it as a more sustainable, attractive profession.”

Classes within Virginia Western’s Associate of Agriculture degree program include animal and plant sciences, as well as forestry. Agribusiness classes prepare students to manage farm finances and work in the business side of agriculture.   

The track for non-transfer students often includes welding and hydraulics classes, so they are prepared to operate major farm equipment. Students who finish with the associate degree can get jobs as a veterinary technician, farm hand, animal breeder or produce inspector. 

The program is also designed as a foundation for those planning to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue jobs as veterinarians, or become animal, plant or food scientists or researchers. Ferrum College and Virginia Tech offer Agriculture and Veterinary studies. 

Amy White, Dean of Virginia Western’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Department, said one of the advantages of the program is that it is flexible and customizable based on an individual student’s needs.

“Part of its charm is that we have an advisor dedicated to working with each of the ag students, and instructors really get to know their students and help support their goals and guide them along the path that they are interested in,” she said. 

There are 52 students enrolled in the college’s Agriculture program, which started its first class in 2019. Five students plan to graduate this spring.

White is pleased with the expanding interest in the program, and confident that the new scholarship will help fuel its growth. 

“This was a ‘Build it, and they will come’ type of program, but clearly the strong enrollment numbers, and students graduating at the earliest possible date, demonstrates demand for agricultural studies,” White said. 

According to White, the partnership with Shenandoah Valley Organic is the ideal example of academics and industry coming together to create talent and promote an industry.

“It’s exciting to think about the opportunities this collaboration creates to attract and retain our own talent in an industry that is so important to our region,” White said. “It’s a classic example of how, when two entities merge, you can only have success. The missions of our College and SVO collided in a perfect way.”

The Shenandoah Valley Organic Annual Scholarship is one of more than 100 scholarships offered by the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation. Applications for the fall 2021 scholarship cycle are open through May 3, 2021. Apply online at www.virginiawestern.edu/scholarship.

The Shenandoah Valley Organic Annual Scholarship provides assistance for tuition, books and fees to one student per academic year (fall and spring).  Applicants must be enrolled in at least six credits per semester, pursuing an Associate Degree in the Agriculture program and possess a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Preference will be given to underserved student populations, as defined by the Virginia Community College System.

For more information, contact Amanda Mansfield, the Educational Foundation’s Philanthropy Director, at (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu.

Virginia Western 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Call for Nominations

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation and the Virginia Western Alumni Association are calling for nominations for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award.  The annual recipient or recipients will receive the award at a special Scholarship Awards Ceremony in the spring, and a plaque will be placed on the Virginia Western Distinguished Alumni Wall outside Whitman Theater.

For many, 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 prestigious award is intended to showcase the diversity of Virginia Western graduates and their range of influence on our region.

Prior honorees:  

2020 – Tony Pearman ’10

2019 – Deborah L. Petrine ’74

2018 – Elizabeth Testerman ’06

2017 – Dr. Carol Swain ’78

2016 – Mary B. Loritsch Ed.D., R.T. (R) ’74 and Michael A. Crawley

2015 – Deborah A. Yancey ’97 and ’98

2014 – Chief Craig S. Harris ’00 & 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

Anne Hogan (’76), serves as chairwoman of the Alumni Association. The Association fosters a mutually beneficial relationship and interaction between the College, its alumni, and the community; connecting with the college community to recognize and foster the diverse talents and successes of Virginia Western graduates.

Distinguished Alumni 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 online or downloaded from the College’s website at virginiawestern.edu/alumni.  Two letters of reference are also required. 

Deadline:

Nominations must be received by Feb. 28, 2021.

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

Educational Foundation announces new board leaders

William J. Farrell II, President of Berglund Automotive Group, has been named Chair of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Board of Directors. Russ Ellett, President of Excel Truck Center, also joins Board leadership as Treasurer.

Neil D. Wilkin Jr., CEO of Optical Cable Corp., will move to the position of Immediate Past Chair. Other officers include: Vice Chair Deborah L. Petrine, CEO and Chair of Commonwealth Care of Roanoke, and Secretary Tammy Moss Finley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Advance Auto Parts. W. Heywood Fralin, Chair of Medical Facilities of America, will lead the Educational Foundation’s Nominating Committee.

Chris Carey, President of VACORP and Metis Holdings, joins the Board as an at-large member.

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. Since its founding in 2008, CCAP has supported 3,124 students and is the largest College Promise program in Virginia. There is still time for students interested in CCAP to apply before the Feb. 1, 2021 deadline at: https://virginiawestern.edu/ccap/index.php.

CCAP scholarship awards grow 12 percent

Virginia Western’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) is making college possible, tuition-free, this fall for 494 recent graduates of Roanoke Valley high schools. That number represents a 12 percent increase from the prior academic year’s enrollment. The number of first-year students alone jumped up 13 percent.

“We have always believed CCAP offers an incredible value for our students, with quality instruction and an affordable path to transferring to a four-year school,” said Neil D. Wilkin Jr., Chair of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation. “When the COVID crisis hit, we responded by reaching out even more to applicants. We are heartened to see so many respond and take advantage of this program.”

CCAP provides up to three years of tuition for high school graduates who meet program requirements, as funding allows. Since 2008, more than 3,100 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

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.

The 2021 CCAP application period opened Oct. 1 and closes Feb. 1, 2021. Families interested in learning more about CCAP are invited to attend upcoming ZOOM information sessions, scheduled for midday and evening times through January. Registration is required at virginiawestern.edu/CCAP.

They also can sign up for important CCAP updates about application deadlines, financial aid workshops and more by texting “CCAP2021” 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 2020-21 are:
BOTETOURT COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Austin Allen, Caylie Allen, Brenna Alls, Isaac Brooks, Zeniyah Brown, Destiny Cash, Jonathan Church, Joseph Desai, Tia Franson, Kiah Hall, Steven Harris, Christina Hensley, John Hurley, Samuel Jamison, Heather Johnson, Aleah Johnston, Coby Kingery, Zander LeNoir, Jessica Link, Andrew Lucas, Peter Middleton, Kendra Puckett, Sierra Ray, Dakota Sparks, Jeb Thompson, Caleb Van Buren, Hannah Williams and Kelsey Williamson

2ND YEAR
Samantha Aldrich, Emily Bruno, Caitlin Campbell, Brody Cook, Craig Farmer, Jonathan Girard, Ashton Huddleston, Aimee Lowe, Trinity Martin, Randall McGee, Zachary Noel, Erin Peery, Jessica Rocha, Ariana Rochay, Hunter Williams and Caroline Wilson

3rd YEAR
Eric Filer, Kyle Hayslett, Aaron King, William McAllister, Daniel Peters and Riley Sartorius

CRAIG COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Victoria Blevins, Jenna Bostic, Hunter Brizendine, Matthew Charles, Chase Huffman, Garrett Paitsel, Autumn Sarver and Andrew Wolfe

2ND YEAR
Ashlyn Bradley, Madison Hannah, Elizabeth Howard, Maggie Huffman, Taylor Huffman, Tyra Hutton, Sadie McAllister, Kaylee Pauley, Brandon Swingle, Laneley Taylor and Caleb Todd

FRANKLIN COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Tyler Agee, William Akers, Heidi Austin, Natasha Barkovich, Laura Bartolo, Austin Behrendt, Alexis Bergman, Savana Bicking, Foster Bornstein, Jessica Bowman, Joshua Britts, Daulton Brooks, Ambria Brown, Emily Burgess, Claire Burnette, Hayley Carroll, Autumn Clingenpeel, Caleb Cokendolpher, Jennifer Cruz-Santos, Anna Decker, Lena Ferrell, Jacob Flora, Meagan Florio, Jazmyn Franklin, Evelyn Gordon, Bethany Graham, Zachary Green, Blake Greenway, Skylar Grigorieff, Bailey Haskins, Savannah Henderson, Casey Hodges, Nathaniel Hodges, Cieanna Holland, Emma Janney, Taylor Janney, Courtney Johnson, Noah Keen, Kathryn Kincer, Breanna LaBrake, Jacob Lemon, Sydney Light, Sophie Martin, Zoe Mills, Karly Mullins, Ethan Pagans, Kavyn Page, Brandon Passalacqua, Charlie Rickard, Sallie Rutrough, Phillip Smith, Tyler Strain, Aaliyah Torres, Lilyana Torres, Summer Turner, Julie Walker, Kateleigh Wampler, Cheyenne Warren, Isabella Watson, Keaton Wood, Madison Wright, Rebecca Wyatt and Robert Yanok

2ND YEAR
Braden Ashby, Emma Burrows, Justice Coleman, Hannah Collins, Matthew Conde, John Crandall, Emily Crowe, Easton Forbes, Dakota Grant, Jakob Greenway, Selena Harden, Ashley Hartmann, Katelyn Herlehy, Taylor Hill, Taylor McPherson, Valerie Meadows, Cheyenne Mullins, Breanna O’Neal, Kaylee Perdue, Lucas Richards, Andrew Robertson, Kaitlin Saunders, Nora Shanahan, Mackenzie Sisson, Dakota Smith, Hayley Smith, Alicia St Clair, John Turner, Daniel Tyree, Cheyene Williamson and Evan Yerkey

3RD YEAR
Elizabeth Burrell, Jesse Hodges, Savanna Reed

ROANOKE CITY
1ST YEAR

Ryan Albee, Caleb Anders, Grayson Angle, Charlotte Asende, Sapana Baniya, Jayden Basham, Quincy Brown, Xavier Brown, Gabriella Cheatwood, Erika Claros, Zachary Clemens, Daryl Cortes, Justin Craig, Hannah Cupp, Juliana Diaz, Jaiheem Dorsey, Sita Ferej, Troy Fitzgerald, Wendy Franco Mendoza, Janaina Frederique, Louis Garcia, Luis Garcia, Sabrina Givaudan, Arnaria Gray, Angie Guardado, Lizbeth Guardado, Tori Herndon, Antonio Hobson, Aya Ibrahim, Leonard Kennedy, Jacob Kreppeneck, Raven Laney, Catherine Mai, Timothy Martin, Katelyn Mathena, Va’Shay McColla, Imani McNeal, Josue Mejia-Vasquez, Quinn Mitchell, Madison Moore, Lenora Morgan, Caleb Morrow, Megan Musser, Abigail Nolasco, Gabriel Nordt, Jermiya Ollie, Jordan Palmer, Aaliyah Rasheed, Wardah Rasheed, Manali Ravalji, Adam Richardson, Haley Rosas, Haley Ross, Abigail Runyon, Vincenzino Salerno, Noah Scott, Christopher Sellers, Joshua Smith, Jordan Snead, Janeyah Thomas, Mollie Thompson, Nhi Tran, Callen Tumulak, John Wagner, Alesha Webb, Jakym White, Quinton Williams and Upoleon Williams

2ND YEAR
Anita Budathoki, Jeniya Calloway, Juliette CdeBaca, Nickolas Chu, Mackenzie Gilliam, Julianne Henny, Legend Howard, Gabrielle Jennings, Elizabeth Kasongo, Brianna Keeling, Brianna Kindzred, Emma Land, Brianna LeFlore, Brenda Lopez, Elissa Miller, Pamela Ngoy, Caitlin Oakes, Mark Overstreet, Kassandra Rodriguez, Steven Sawyer, Kira Shelor, Jacob Snellings and Jonathan Stanley

3RD YEAR
William Angle, Tyler Burns, Rebecca Drumheller, Alissa Edwards, Madeline Jones, Evelyn Martinez, Yasmin Roiter, Sheridan Saunders, Somina Som and Elliot Woodrum

ROANOKE COUNTY
1ST YEAR

Merima Adanalic, Christian Adkins, Jordan Alexander, Zain Almajali, Amber Arthur, Jeremy Austin, Satchel Avila-Goodman, Kirsten Bailey, Ethan Bane, Logan Belcher, Grace Blackwell, Clarissa Blankenship, Sophia Bone, Jared Bowles, Skylar Brady, Ryan Cass, Taylor Clark, Elizabeth Coleman, Jonathan Collins, Sarah Collins, Alexa Crosier, Sophie Currier, Matthew Duncan, Katlyn Ferguson, Peyton Fernatt, Jayden Glass, Jasia Green, Andre Ha, Kevin Ha, Chelynn Hairston, Bethany Hale, Cassidy Hall, Michelle Harris, Haley Hartz, Alexis Hensley, William Holland, Makayla Hopkins, Jade Horton, Logan Howard, Rachel Hutchins, Farah Iqbal, Mason James, Kristin Johnson, Landon Johnson, Colin Jones, Grace King, Amanda Kline, Christopher Kunc, Savanna Lear, Maia Lemore, Makenzie Littleton, Kaitlyn Logan, Chloe Lovelace, Calvin Loverude, Joshua Mabry, Andrew Manor, Kirsten Markham, Shiann Mathis, Conner McKinney, Levi Meadows, Ian Merritt, Kendall Moore, Nathan Moore, Hunter Morris, Nicholas Mort, Logen Mowles, Orion Murray, Lucas Musselman, Malaina Mutter, Ky Nguyen, Ethan Nichols, Josiah Nucamendi, Nathan Patrick, Caitlin Phillips, Jack Phillips, Elizabeth Phipps, Rebecca Picard, Robert Pickelsimer, Ariana Pineda, Michael Presley, Michael Prillaman, Samuel Quakenbush, Primeminister Reece, Kathy Rivera, Victoria Robertson, Conner Rogers, Robert Saunders, Kierstin Scott, Wilson Shi’Wang, Jason Skillicorn, Ethan Smith, Mahmoud Srour, Timothy Strom, Peyton Taliaferro, Eden Walls, Madison West, Lynden Whicker, Dakota Whitlock, Cole Wickline, Garrett Williams and Blaise Wood

2ND YEAR
Noah Alderman, Cayla Alexander, Jake Balsley, Brooke Bess, Cassidy Caldwell, Jennifer Caudle, Zachary Chittum, Madison Cole, Alexis Cook, Chandlor Desper, Mackenzie Eubank, Elizabeth Francis, Christopher Hall, Caroline Harrington, Hunter Hartman, Quamyrha Hayden, Mallory Hughes, Mirza Jarcevic, Emmerson Jessee, Laurel LaBrie, Brooke Lay, Brennon McBee, John McMahon, Daniel Nary, Lisette Nucamendi, Madison Osburn, Lauren Price, Brandon Pugh, Hannah Schram, Brandi Shepherd, Jackson Smith, Tyler Smith, Olivia Sodre, Selma Sosic, Brandon Spradlin, Amanda Surface, Justin Talford, Daryl Thompson, Rachel Warren and Elexia Wynn

3rd YEAR
Joshua Argabright, Michael Cone, Jasmine Crawford, Caitlyn Croft, Jacob Ellis, Hannah Gillispie, Madison Hanes, Silas Henderson, Lexi Lawrence, Schuyler Lynch, Jessie Roberts, Laurel Shelton, Chloe Simpson and Nicholas Wilson

SALEM
1ST YEAR

Sarah Ahlers, Matthew Bailey, Brooke Baxley, Shaun Blevins, Elijah Boyer, Megan Brooks, Corey Bryant, Steven Butler, Katherine Conklin, Kendall Cook, Danielle Davis, Peter Dawyot, Sierrah Deel-Morris, Anna Eaton, James Hays, Tyler Huffman, Mathew Hutchison, Grace Kelley, Kennedy Lafon, Regan Laughlin, Seth Lemon, Bailee Lintner, Issys Madden, Alexander McClintic, Jeremy Muncy, Christopher Murphy, Maddison Parrish, Nishi Patel, James Rashkovsky, William Roberts, Gurleen Singh, Annalise Smith, Haley Smith, Madison Sowder, Trenton Stiffler, Sophia Traylor and Kirsten Vest

2ND YEAR
Ethan Beutell, Suzanne Carter, James Davis, Miranda Fiedler, Trevor Gallagher, Jack Gladden, William Harless, Matthew Hernandez, Gil Houston, Landon Hylton, Megan Kelliher, Haley Patterson, Conner Payne, Joci Payne, Kenna Payne, Indigo Ritter, Micheal Rock, Daniel Sublett, Hannah Terry, Alexa Warme and Brianna Warme

3rd YEAR
Taylor Albanese, Thomas Helvey and Claire Maxey

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.

Educational Foundation announces fall scholarship recipients

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announces that it awarded scholarships to 89 students attending the Fall Semester 2020 at Virginia Western Community College.

RecipientLocalityFall 2020 Award(s)
Carstella OsborneAlleghany CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Tammy MiniBedford CityFoot Levelers Endowed Scholarship
Jacob BerryBedford CountyNicholas E. Janney Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Joseph DesaiBedford CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Carlee ElmoreBedford CountyWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Cassie FeltisBedford CountyKiwanis Club of Botetourt County Endowed Scholarship
Emily GilmoreBedford CountyBank of Botetourt H. Watts Steger, III Annual Scholarship
Emily HargisBedford CountyDelta Dental of Virginia Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Erin HeltonBedford CountyAlumni Association Annual Book Scholarship & The John Mathis, MD and Krista Crawford-Mathis Endowed Scholarship
Jesica MartinBedford CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Dr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship
Olivia OverstreetBedford CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
   
Andrew TuckBedford CountySallie and Elsie Williamson Endowed Scholarship
Gennifer TudoroiuBedford CountyGordon C. and Jean Willis Memorial Endowed Scholarship
James WadeBedford CountyConstruction Management Certificate Program Scholarship
Kelsey WilliamsonBedford CountyEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Mark DeHartBotetourt CountyGerry Montgomery Meador Endowed Scholarship
Brienna ShapiroFloyd CountyThe William Bernard Alphin Annual Scholarship & Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Payne Endowed Scholarship
Michael WhittakerFloyd CountyAl Pollard Memorial Foundation Chefs’ Competition Annual Scholarship
Lisa AnthonyFranklin CountyVWCC Culinary Scholarship
Michael AnthonyFranklin CountyJames Mark Mitchell Memorial Art Endowed Scholarship & Pearman Annual Scholarship
Heidi AustinFranklin CountyShentel Foundation Annual Scholarship & SunTrust Community Service Endowed Scholarship
Austin BehrendtFranklin CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Foster BornsteinFranklin CountyWilliam Milton Meador Endowed Scholarship
Ambria BrownFranklin CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Jessica Gutierrez-ArnoldFranklin CountyLorraine Pleasants Memorial Annual Scholarship
Tyler DrowneMontgomery CountyDevelopmental Math Scholarship
Mary HougasianMontgomery CountyLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Hannah ChambersPoquosonThe Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Nathan AustinRoanoke CityGertrude Light Hubbard Endowed Scholarship
Sapana BaniyaRoanoke CityPetroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship & The Flippin Family Endowed Scholarship
Anita BudathokiRoanoke CityDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Nickolas ChuRoanoke CityBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Eric FilerRoanoke CityNursing Endowed Scholarship
William HobbsRoanoke CityDolores Martin Skelly Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Mirza JarcevicRoanoke CityITT Exelis Endowed Scholarship
Antoinette MacklinRoanoke CityRichfield Living Annual Nursing Scholarship
Sabin MainaliRoanoke CityJ.K. and Donna Speas Annual Scholarship
Liannah MauldinRoanoke CityVFCCE Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Trey McDearmonRoanoke CityBeverly and Leon Harris Occupational/Technical Annual Scholarship
Derek McIntyreRoanoke CityThe Elizabeth and Harry Sellers Annual Scholarship
Marla MoockRoanoke CityAmerican Sign Language Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Laura Knight Schowe & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Seweryn MorgiewiczRoanoke CityKatherine Futrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Nargis NoorzadRoanoke CityRefugee and Immigrant Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Meghan SizemoreRoanoke CityPeter and Roseta Skelly Endowed Scholarship
Bradley WallaceRoanoke CityAppalachian Power Endowed Scholarship
Katie BechtoldRoanoke CountyFriendship Annual Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Michayla BelcherRoanoke CountyEducational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Xiaoyan CaoRoanoke CountyBusiness, Technology & Trades Annual Scholarship in honor of Deborah A. Yancey & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Jacob CarterRoanoke CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Jeremiah CarterRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Bailey CassellRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Christina ConstableRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Sean DooleyRoanoke CountyBridging the Gap Endowed Scholarship & Dennis Spaulding Memorial Developmental Scholarship
Jamie DyerRoanoke CountyDennis L. & Hazel Phillips Blalock Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Whitney GoodwinRoanoke CountyJohn Hall and Chris Tucker Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Christopher HallRoanoke CountyEmployee Giving Annual Scholarship
Kadie HarrisRoanoke CountyAlice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Ellen HartleyRoanoke CountyJohn Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Shannon HoeyRoanoke CountyRichard J. Gaynor Memorial Scholarship
Peaceful HtooRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Refugee and Immigrant Scholarship
Elisabeth HutchinsRoanoke CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Rachel HutchinsRoanoke CountyFred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Chidi IgboRoanoke CountyAfrican-American Railroad Heritage Annual Scholarship
Jacob JohnsonRoanoke CountyLucian Y. and June B. Grove Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Lesley LanghornRoanoke CountySuzanne Hanks Paralegal Endowed Scholarship
Haley MayhewRoanoke CountyRita Halsey David Radiography Endowed Scholarship
Daniel NaryRoanoke CountyAppalachian Power Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Nathan PatrickRoanoke CountyVWCC Culinary Scholarship
Chinh PhamRoanoke CountyJ. David and Mary Ann Wine Endowed Scholarship
Nicole PodleckiRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Amber RickmanRoanoke CountyWalter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Elise SaundersRoanoke CountyThe Kroger Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Madison SaundersRoanoke CountyMichael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Kierstin ScottRoanoke CountyEmployee Family Scholarship
Michael SecrestRoanoke CountyDr. J. Andrew Archer Memorial Annual Scholarship
Laurel SheltonRoanoke CountyBeverly and Leon Harris Teaching and Nursing Annual Scholarship
Cole StohlerRoanoke CountyJudy Hackworth Memorial Annual Scholarship
Rebecca TownleyRoanoke CountyDr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship
Arlyse WashRoanoke CountyDonald Willson Memorial Scholarship & David L. Nickerson Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Britney WelliverRoanoke CountyDr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship & Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship
Lynden WhickerRoanoke CountyRoanoke Valley Academy of Medicine Alliance Foundation Endowed Scholarship
Stephanie ZieglerRoanoke CountyOrrin Clifton Annual Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Zachary HostetterRockbridge CountyBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Zoe AustSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Dan BakerSalemEducational Foundation General Scholarship
Landon HyltonSalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Sara HyltonSalemLewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship & Educational Foundation Textbook Scholarship
Hannah TerrySalemBeverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship & Gerald Pace Textbook Scholarship for Salem CCAP Students
Alexa WarmeSalemMcFarland Endowed Scholarship
For information on donating to or establishing a scholarship at Virginia Western, contact Donor  Relations Coordinator Amanda Mansfield at (540) 857-6962 or amansfield@virginiawestern.edu. 

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
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.

Virginia Western Rapids Response Student Emergency Fund logo

“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 campus-wide 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.