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Congratulations to 2013-14 scholarship recipients; Apply now for 2014-15

Thanks to an investment from community members, businesses, organizations and non-profit groups, the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to nearly 100 students for the 2013-2014 academic year. At a spring 2014 ceremony, the college honored its scholarship recipients and donors.

Applications are now being accepted for 2014-15 scholarships. Apply online at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship/instructions.php.

Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014.

VWCC 2014 Scholarship Awards (web)

Listed below are the recipients and the scholarships they received:

Elizabeth Wright, Amherst County, Alice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Rebekkah Pauley, Bath County, Alice Becker Hinchcliffe Williams Endowed Scholarship
Kathryn Bennington-Bodnar, Botetourt County, Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Kaleb Cahoon, Botetourt County, Employee Annual Giving Scholarship
Kane Harrison, Botetourt County, Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Matthew Holland, Botetourt County, Appalachian Power Endowed Scholarship
Shana Patterson, Botetourt County, Odasz Annual Scholarship
Tanya Segura, Botetourt County, HCA Nursing Scholarship
Brandon Sizemore, Botetourt County, Nicholas E. Janney Memorial Scholarship
Greg Whiting, Botetourt County, Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Caitlyn Carpenter, Covington City, Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Andrea Goodrum, Floyd County, Gertrude Light Hubbard Annual Scholarship
Haley Walters, Floyd County, Dr. & Mrs. Abe Jacobson Annual Scholarship
Karl Cureton, Franklin County, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting First Year Students
Juana Gonzalez, Franklin County, General Scholarship Fund
Sarah Greer, Franklin County, Employee Family Scholarship
Megan Price, Franklin County, Petroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Moriah Richards, Franklin County, General Scholarship Fund
Emily Stark, Franklin County, General Scholarship Fund
Matthew Turner, Franklin County, Garnett E. and Patsy T. Smith Endowed Scholarship
Brandon Wilcox, Franklin County, Alumni Association Annual Book Scholarship
Heather Wilkerson, Franklin County, General Scholarship Fund
Samantha Woods, Franklin County, Dr. Donna Harpold Memorial Annual Scholarship
Maria de la Cruz Garrido, Greenbrier Co., WV, Orrin Clifton Annual Scholarship
Jessica Aaron, Henry County, Employee Family Scholarship
Torri Quinn, Henry County, General Scholarship Fund
Anne Gale, Lexington City, John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Jonathan Jennings, Montgomery County, Pearman Annual Scholarship
Dawn Kirby, Montgomery County, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting First Year Students
Ashley Weis, Montgomery County, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting First Year Students
Brittney Abner, Roanoke City, John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Nicole Chiavaroli, Roanoke City, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting Second Year Students
Anthony Dillard, Roanoke City, The Roanoke Tribune Annual Scholarship
Ashley Fitzgerald, Roanoke City, Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Ronda Havens, Roanoke City, Foot Levelers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Regina Havyarimana, Roanoke City, Employee Annual Giving Scholarship
Prucheria Kabarenzi, Roanoke City, William Frank Burton, Jr. Annual Scholarship
Erica Lugar, Roanoke City, Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Amanda Martin, Roanoke City, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting First Year Students
Virginia Moser, Roanoke City, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting Second Year Students
Heather O'Bryan, Roanoke City, William Frank Burton, Jr. Annual Scholarship
Loretta Okeyo, Roanoke City, General Scholarship Fund
Elaine Payne-Alexander, Roanoke City, Petroleum Marketers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Michael Quarles, Roanoke City, African American Railroad Heritage Annual Scholarship
Jennifer Rose, Roanoke City, Roanoke Electric Steel Corporation Endowed Scholarship
Matthew Schreier, Roanoke City, Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Miranda Shupe, Roanoke City, Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Dallas Stacy, Roanoke City, Judy Hackworth Memorial Annual Scholarship
Munezero Tumaini, Roanoke City, Lewis-Gale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Olivene Vergundia, Roanoke City, The Flippin Family Endowed Scholarship
Shoua Webb, Roanoke City, Mike Bassett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Jessica Astacio, Roanoke County, Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
April Beckner, Roanoke County, Foot Levelers, Inc. Endowed Scholarship
Zane Campbell, Roanoke County, Sallie and Elsie Williamson Endowed Scholarship
Erin Cho, Roanoke County, General Scholarship Fund
Kazel Ciriaco, Roanoke County, General Scholarship Fund
Monique Clemont, Roanoke County, BB&T Endowed Scholarship
Katelyn Coker, Roanoke County, Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke Annual Scholarship
Kristen Cooley, Roanoke County, Patrick T. Kay Memorial Scholarship
Lisa Dunn, Roanoke County, William Milton Meador Endowed Scholarship
Danielle Emery, Roanoke County, Lewis-Gale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Cara Griffith, Roanoke County, Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Hannah Kinder, Roanoke County, John Morris Roslyn Educational Scholarship
Rachel Lafaye, Roanoke County, Lewis-Gale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Rebecca Law, Roanoke County, Lewis-Gale Medical Center Endowed Scholarship
Ann Melchionna, Roanoke County, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting Second Year Students
Michael Parish, Roanoke County, Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Ami Patel, Roanoke County, Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
William Patterson, Roanoke County, Fred Whitaker Company Annual Scholarship
Lauren Reckling, Roanoke County, Beverly Day Williamson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
Ashley Sieger, Roanoke County, John B. Williamson, III Honorary Endowed Scholarship
Taylor Sloan, Roanoke County, General Scholarship Fund
Abigail Snay, Roanoke County, Alumni Association Annual Book Scholarship
Linda Williams, Roanoke County, Gerry Montgomery Meador Endowed Scholarship
Kennon Wright, Roanoke County, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting First Year Students
Robert Seay, III, Rockbridge County, Stanard and Betty Lanford Endowed Scholarship
Kimberly Stump, Rockbridge County, Rita Halsey David Radiography Endowed Scholarship
Joseph Bott, Salem City, Al Pollard Memorial Scholarship for the Culinary Arts Benefiting First Year Students
Christopher Dyer, Salem City, Nursing Endowed Scholarship
Ryan Martin, Salem City, Katherine Futrell Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Tia Mitchen, Salem City, General Scholarship Fund
Jacob Mizrahi, Salem City, Employee Annual Giving Scholarship
Andrew Oliver, Salem City, Appalachian Power Endowed Scholarship

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Summer 2014 Tuition Payment Plan – Sign Up TODAY!

To help meet educational expenses, Virginia Western Community College is pleased to participate in Nelnet’s tuition payment plan.  For a non-refundable fee of $25.00, Nelnet allows monthly, interest-free tuition payments. The earlier students enroll the more payment options they may have. The payment plan for Summer 2014 began on April 11, 2014.

If a payment plan is not established or if tuition is not paid by May 1, 2014 students who registered early for classes will be dropped and will need to repeat the registration process. Financial Aid students are protected from enrollment cancellation up to the amount of their Financial Aid award. Financial Aid students should pay any differences between their total award and the amount due to prevent enrollment cancellation.

Payment plan sign-up instructions and deadlines will be posted on the Student Bulletin, Facebook, Twitter, www.virginiawestern.edu and on the VWtvs located across campus.

Step by step directions on how to enroll in a payment plan are available at http://www.virginiawestern.edu/studenthelp/student/tuitionpaymentplan.php

Posted on April 24, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Roanoke City Public Schools honored for support of CCAP

2014 Chancellors Leadership in Philanthropy

Roanoke City Public Schools has earned the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. Superintendent Dr. Rita D. Bishop and the Roanoke City School Board were nominated for the award by Virginia Western Community College in honor of their support of the Community College Access Program (CCAP). The award was given at a luncheon ceremony on Tuesday at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond. 

Roanoke City Public Schools values education as an investment in the long-term future of graduates of its two high schools, Patrick Henry High School and William Fleming High School. As a public funding partner of CCAP, Roanoke City Public Schools, with the leadership of Dr. Bishop has been instrumental in establishing and expanding the tuition-assistance program in Roanoke City.

“You are going to get back whatever you contribute to your local community college,” Dr. Bishop said. “It is a lasting investment in your area. Right here locally, we can prove that our community is better because of the workforce development efforts at Virginia Western.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy luncheon is hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to honor the leading philanthropists from each of Virginia’s 23 community colleges as well as the statewide foundation. This marks the ninth year the awards have been given.

This year’s class of distinguished philanthropy leaders has contributed a combined total of more than $12 million dollars to Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Representatives of Roanoke City Public Schools present at the ceremony included Dr. Bishop; Mr. Todd Putney, School Board Chair; Ms. Suzanne Moore, School Board Vice Chair; and Ms. Mae Huff; School Board member. 

In keynote remarks, Virginia Business Higher Education Council Chair W. Heywood Fralin said, “Many believe, including myself, that the community college will be the centerpiece of economic development in each region of the commonwealth for the next several decades. … All philanthropists are interested in their local communities, and I would argue that in today’s world, the local community college should be considered a top priority for philanthropic dollars. Where it happens, regions will thrive, and where it doesn’t, they will struggle.”

Fralin, the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy award recipient nominated by Virginia Western, also represented the Horace G. Fralin Charitable Trust, which in 2012 donated $5 million to Virginia Western, primarily to benefit scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering , Math and Health Professions (STEM-H).

During Tuesday’s ceremony, VCCS Chancellor Dr. Glenn DuBois said that the generosity of the two dozen philanthropy leaders, including Roanoke City Public Schools, makes a critical difference in the lives of students and their families as well as in the economic vitality of the commonwealth. “They believe in the knowledge and skills that Virginia’s Community Colleges offer to every Virginian. We thank them deeply for the partnerships that demonstrate the art of giving.”

Recipients of the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy:

Blue Ridge Community College - Augusta Health / Sentara RMH Medical Center

Central Virginia Community College - The Sonny Merryman Family

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College - The Alleghany Foundation

Danville Community College - LifePoint / Danville Regional Medical Center

Eastern Shore Community College - Jeff Holland

Germanna Community College - Spotsylvania County

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College - Metropolitan Health Foundation

John Tyler Community College - The Cameron Foundation

Lord Fairfax Community College - William Holtzman

Mountain Empire Community College - Martha J. Rhoton

New River Community College - Paul and Gary Duncan

Northern Virginia Community College - Volkswagen Group of America

Patrick Henry Community College - Gary and Susan Collins

Paul D. Camp Community College - Smithfield Foods

Piedmont Virginia Community College - Julie Heyward

Rappahannock Community College - The Children of Charles and Elizabeth Ryland

Southside Virginia Community College - Halifax Regional Health System

Southwest Virginia Community College - CONSOL Energy Inc.

Thomas Nelson Community College Sentara Healthcare

Tidewater Community College Robert C. Nusbaum and Linda S. Laibstain

Virginia Highlands Community College - The late C. B. Hale

Virginia Western Community College - Roanoke City School Board

Wytheville Community College - Daniel Copeland

Virginia Foundation for Community College Education - Valley Proteins, Inc.

Posted on April 18, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western students, community members compete for robotic glory

Students and judge viewing robotics track Team R2D2 robot

In honor of the fifth annual National Robotics Week from April 5-13, Virginia Western Community College held a Robotics Invitational Competition with a packed gym of team competitors on Tuesday, April 8.

The techno-evening of robots and fun was sponsored by the Virginia Western School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the Engineering Program. The competition is designed for middle school, high school and college robotics teams and science classes, and features a different challenge each year. The challenge for this year was to design a robot vehicle to autonomously navigate an oval track with obstacles. Teams were judged and graded on obstacle course completion, time, technical report and each team’s formal presentation.

Twelve teams raced the track and clock in tight competition, with Team Terminator taking high honors and Team R2D2 earning a special “best-looking design” category. Both Team Terminator and Team R2D2 consisted of Virginia Western first-year engineering students, with members listed below.

Team Terminator                                                                   

Chris Mullen, Roanoke City

Michael Reppa, Salem

Joe Reppa,  Salem

Team R2D2  

Brandon Belz, Botetourt County

Smit Patel, SW Roanoke County

Libby Rhodes, Botetourt County

Zoe Smith, Salem

Connor Zeller, SE Roanoke County

Each robot’s base design starts with a Parallax robot kit with specific rules on performance and a limited budget for additional parts. Each robot entry must also contain a part made by the robotics team on a rapid prototype (3D) printer.

The Roanoke Robotics club exhibited multiple autonomous robots and automation projects as a “halftime show. The intermission was introduced by master of ceremonies robot with a wireless camera system with both radio control and an autonomous power shutdown when an impending collision is detected.

The Roanoke Robotics Club’s Schilke family delighted the attendees with their full-size and functional Dr. Who Dalek robot, made available for riding inside around the Virginia Western gym.

Sumo bots are small robots designed to push the other competing robot out of the ring, similar to Japanese sumo wrestlers.  Robotics club members and the Back Creek Cub Scout Den 224 demonstrated radio controlled sumo-bots to the cheering crowds.

TMEIC was the event’s corporate sponsor, and engineers from TMEIC, GE and the Roanoke Robotics Club served as judges.

National Robotics week is:

  • Celebrating the United States as a leader in robotics technology development
  • Inspiring students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) related fields
  • Educating the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future
  • Advocating for increased funding for robotics technology research and development
Posted on April 15, 2014 in Campus News | Permalink
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