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Educational Foundation announces fall scholarship recipients

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation announces that it awarded 71 scholarships to students attending the Fall Semester 2017 at Virginia Western Community College.

The following is the list of Fall Semester 2017 scholarship recipients.

RECIPIENT LOCALITY SCHOLARSHIP NAME
Laurel Burdette Alleghany County Rita Halsey David Radiography Endowed Scholarship
Megan Long Amherst County Walter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship & Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Jennah Brooks Appomattox County Alice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Tabitha Gaddy Bedford City Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Carter Gottschalk Bedford County John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Tammy Mini Bedford County The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Chelsea Broce Botetourt County Alice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Tyler Mundy Botetourt County Bank of Botetourt H. Watts Steger, III Annual Scholarship
Morgan Murray Covington City SunTrust Community Service Endowed Scholarship
Eliza Paitsel Craig County Roanoke Electric Steel Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Joshua Ray Floyd County Alumni Association Annual Book Scholarship
Kenneth Ray Floyd County Beverly and Leon Harris Occupational/Technical Annual Scholarship
Chloe Austin Franklin County Judy Hackworth Memorial Annual Scholarship
Alyssa Fadorick Franklin County Shentel Foundation Annual Scholarship
Dana Felton Franklin County Cabell Brand Center Gap Scholarship
Bradley Iraggi Franklin County Barry L. Pendrey Memorial Scholarship
Kelsey McPherson Franklin County Brown & Sons Farm Annual Scholarship
Taylor Meeks Franklin County Walter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Gordon Plocher Franklin County John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Takoda Poindexter Franklin County Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Katharyn Seay Henry County Walter Darnall Vinyard Endowed Scholarship
Robert Newton Mecklenburg County Gerry Montgomery Meador Endowed Scholarship
Shilah Scarry Montgomery County The John Mathis, MD and Krista Crawford-Mathis Endowed Scholarship
Adam Fain Patrick County Stanard and Betty Lanford Endowed Scholarship & John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Kelsie Haymore Pittsylvania County Petroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Lamis Behaire Roanoke City Friendship Annual Scholarship
Julie Brock Roanoke City Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Erika Buck Roanoke City Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Scholarship & LewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Chanieka Clarke Roanoke City Shenandoah Life Annual Diversity Scholarship
Nancy DeGeorgis Roanoke City The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship
Tashia Drennen Roanoke City BB&T Endowed Scholarship
Mason Goad Roanoke City John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Geoffrey Hicks Roanoke City ITT Exelis Annual Scholarship
Seoyeong Jang Roanoke City Dr. Elizabeth W. Payne Endowed Scholarship & Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Judy Jones Roanoke City Encore Capital Group Inc. Community College Scholarship
Jessica Marine Roanoke City Al Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts & Dr. George K. Bowers Youth Haven-Sanctuary Annual Scholarship
Daniel Marut Roanoke City Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Ebony Myers Roanoke City Lorraine Pleasants Memorial Annual Scholarship
Benjamin Umpenhour Roanoke City LewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Elias Vance Roanoke City Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Olayinka Williams Roanoke City Richfield Living Annual Nursing Scholarship
Lenah Addo Roanoke County The Honorable J. Granger and Mrs. Anne Macfarlane Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Ross Allison Roanoke County Donald Willson Memorial Scholarship
Isaiah Appel Roanoke County Employee Giving Annual Scholarship
Michaela Beckner Roanoke County Lakeland Masonic Lodge Annual Scholarship in Honor of David K. Mays
Maranda Bramlett Roanoke County Employee Giving Annual Scholarship
Matthew Carney Roanoke County Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Jennifer Essington Roanoke County Mike Bassett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Megan Flora Roanoke County Orrin Clifton Annual Scholarship
Marjorie Gann Roanoke County William Milton Meador Endowed Scholarship
Aspen Harvey Roanoke County Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Scharron Hayden Roanoke County John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Trevor Laffoon Roanoke County McFarland Endowed Scholarship
Sara Lopez Roanoke County Petroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Logan McMullen Roanoke County Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Dolores Ortega Roanoke County Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Alexandra Poulin Roanoke County Beverly and Leon Harris Teaching & Nursing Annual Scholarship
Jaylen Reeves Roanoke County African-American Railroad Heritage Annual Scholarship
Kelly Ronan Roanoke County Al Pollard Memorial Annual Scholarship for the Culinary Arts
Ehlawlah Taw Roanoke County Refugee Annual Scholarship & Odasz Annual Scholarship
Erin Thompson Roanoke County LewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Kaneisha Toler Roanoke County Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke Annual Scholarship
Shawn Williams Roanoke County Bridging the Gap Endowed Scholarship
Daryel Wood Roanoke County Alumni Association Annual Book Scholarship
Levi Heizer Rockbridge County Lucian Y. and June B. Grove Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Duha Alshami Salem The Flippin Family Endowed Scholarship
Austin Lephew Salem Dr. Kevin Conway Endowed Scholarship
Laure’aja Ortiz-Alejandro Salem Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Sarah Parsons Salem Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Brooke Rakes Salem LewisGale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Jennifer Strickland Salem Stanard and Betty Lanford 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.

Join us for information sessions about Community College Access Program (CCAP)

Parents and students interested in learning more about Virginia Western Community College’s Community College Access Program (CCAP) are invited to attend any of the public information sessions planned for October through February 2018. The CCAP application period opens Oct. 2, 2017, and closes Feb. 16, 2018.

Administrators from the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation and Office of Financial Aid will be on hand to answer questions about CCAP, which provides up to three years of tuition for Roanoke Valley high school graduates who meet program requirements.

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

  • Oct. 10, 2017:  6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 14, 2017:  6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 7, 2017: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Jan. 18, 2017:  6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 6, 2017:  6:30 to 8 p.m.

On October 17, 2017, 6:30 – 8 p.m., CCAP representatives will host a 2018 CCAP Information Meeting at Greenfield Center Auditorium in Botetourt County. Parents and students from Botetourt and Craig Counties are encouraged to attend.

The Virginia Western Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College, raises support for CCAP through a public/private funding partnership. Since 2008, more than 2,000 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program.

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

Scott earns 2nd Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation has awarded the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair to Alexander Scott, an associate professor of Spanish at Virginia Western Community College.

The endowed chair is named for Don Smith, the retired head of Roanoke Electric Steel and a Director Emeriti of the Educational Foundation. Steel Dynamics Inc., formerly Roanoke Electric Steel, established the endowed chair in 2006 with a $100,000 gift to honor Smith’s longtime leadership. Smith was president of Roanoke Steel from 1985 to 2004 and worked for the company 49 years.

The Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair intends to honor an outstanding instructor who advances the understanding of business management principles in his or her coursework, regardless of academic discipline. The honored teacher may use the funds to enhance the quality of his or her curriculum, facilities or instruction in any way he or she deems necessary.

Scott plans to organize “VWCCcreate,” a “Shark Tank”-style competition where students apply their classroom instruction by creating and presenting a business plan and supporting marketing campaign.

“My hope is to engage the entire College and have an impact on the Roanoke Region,” Scott said. “The objective of VWCCcreate is to enable students to transfer their knowledge from textbooks, classroom instructions, lectures and final projects to reality.

“They will use real data of the region or nation to improve current processes of their workplace (where applicable), to create services, products or businesses, and to bring about innovations.”

Scott joined Virginia Western in 2011 and has earned a variety of degrees and certifications in language instruction, business and marketing. They include a Master of Business Administration from the Universidad Accion Pro-Educacion y Cultura in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2004); a Master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Universidad de Leon in Spain (2009); a Bachelor’s in Modern Languages from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2000); and a Graduate Certificate in Communication and Business Administration from Liberty University (2016). Prior to his career in academia, Scott worked as an Aviation Weather Specialist in his native Dominican Republic.

Scott’s endowed chair appointment spans the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. He is the second recipient of the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair, following Cristin Barrett, an assistant professor of mathematics who organized a lecture series on the importance of developing critical thinking skills.

“Alexander Scott’s selection as the Donald G. Smith Endowed Teaching Chair fits perfectly with the origin and growth of our Company, founded by Jack Hancock in 1955 and grown through the leadership of Don Smith for many years,” said T. Joe Crawford, vice president and general manager of Steel Dynamics.

“The Company was started with innovative technology, utilizing electric furnace technology to recycle scrap metal into new steel products,” he said. “While only a handful of companies employed this method at the time, now well over 60 percent of steel production utilizes this technology.

“Encouraging innovation by developing ‘thinkers’ will bring about the future advancements that we have not even dreamed about today. We are extremely excited with Alexander’s award and fully support the program.”