Warner, Ottaway presented 2015 Impact Awards

warnerottowayVirginia Western Community College’s Educational Foundation is proud to present the 2015 Community College Impact Award to Carolyn Warner and Geoffrey M. Ottaway, in recognition of the establishment of the Michael E. Warner Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Michael E. Warner Memorial Annual Golf Tournament.  The award was presented at the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation Annual Awards Ceremony, held March 25.

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.

Carolyn Warner is a dedicated community leader in philanthropic endeavors.  She is involved in many community organizations, and serves on the Membership Committee of Roanoke Women's Foundation, a philanthropic agency supporting organizations and projects in the Roanoke Valley.

Ottaway serves as the Chairman of Checker Leasing, Inc., a Roanoke-headquartered owner of Avis and Budget Rent-A-Car franchises in Roanoke, and in Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia and Texas. Ottaway served as a Director of Valley Financial Corp. and its subsidiary Valley Bank from January 20, 2005, until 2012.

Warner’s late husband, Michael E. (Mike) Warner, was a linchpin in the Roanoke Valley community, serving and working on many boards including St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Apple Ridge Farms, Virginia Western Community College, Foundation for Roanoke Valley, Valley Bank, Petroleum Marketers, Inc., Downtown Roanoke, Inc., Center in the Square, Mill Mountain Theatre and Roanoke Catholic School.

Mike served as Director of Valley Financial Corp. and served as a Director of Valley Bank (The Bank), a subsidiary of Valley Financial Corp. Mr. Warner also managed his own private investment firm.

“The Michael E. Warner Memorial Endowed Scholarship was created to perpetuate the College’s ongoing dedication to student access and excellence, honoring Mike’s legacy of service to the College and the Roanoke Valley for generations to come,” said Dr. Angela Falconetti, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.  “The College is indebted to Carolyn and Geoff for their generosity of spirit and their dedicated efforts to serve our community.”

Established in 2013 with a launch donation by Ottaway of $100,000, funds from the scholarship will provide assistance for tuition, books and other related needs to a full-time student with a minimum 3.0 GPA enrolled in and pursuing a degree in Nursing or certificate in Practical Nursing.  Priority will be given to those students demonstrating financial need and who plan to remain in the College's service region after graduation to practice nursing (i.e., LPN or RN students).

In order to raise awareness and support for the Scholarship Fund, Carolyn and Geoff, along with Warner family members and devoted friends, have created The Michael E. Warner Memorial Golf Tournament, now in its second year.

“I can’t imagine a more fitting tribute to Mike’s memory than celebrating the scholarship that bears his name through one of his favorite pastimes,” said Dr. Robert Sandel, President of Virginia Western.  “This tournament brings the community together to make a difference in the lives of Virginia Western’s nursing students in perpetuity.”

In its inaugural year alone, the event raised more than $27,000 to support the fund. The 2nd Annual Michael E. Warner Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on July 25, 2015, at Hunting Hills Country Club.

For more information about the Tournament, scholarship process or to learn how to establish a scholarship, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development, at (540) 857-6281 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on March 26, 2015 in Educational Foundation | Permalink

Upcoming changes to Admissions/Advising hours

Please note the following upcoming changes to the Admissions Office and Advising Center Hours:

Admissions Office:

Closed Friday, March 27th from 2-3 pm

Advising Center:

Closed Wednesday, March 25th from 3-4 pm
Closed Friday, March 27th from 2-3 pm
Closed Wednesday, April 8th from 3-4 pm
Closed Thursday, April 9th from 3-4 pm

The Records and Financial Aid Offices will not be impacted. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted on March 20, 2015 in Campus News | Permalink

Virginia Western racquetball team wraps up season strong

The Virginia Western Community College racquetball team finishes its first season in the MidAtlantic Collegiate Racquetball Conference in seventh place out of 15 teams. The conference is open to colleges and universities in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, east Tennessee and the District of Columbia.

Four team members: Nick Taylor, Cedric Hall, Ansel Steele and Kaitlin Wray represented Virginia Western this past season.  What makes their achievement noteworthy is that they competed against other colleges who fielded teams of up to sixteen players.  Students may compete in one of four divisions against others at the same skill level in both singles and doubles.  Tournaments are conducted in the Olympic format thereby ensuring each student with multiple matches.  Participants earn points for their individual rankings as well as for their respective colleges.

The Virginia Western team practices at the Kirk Family YMCA and is coached by former college instructor Phil Wheeler, who also serves as the commissioner of the conference. Assistant to the Dean of Student Services, Bonny Wheeler, is the team advisor and serves as the assistant commissioner of the conference.

The racquetball club is seeking new members.  For more information, students may contact: Bonny Wheeler in Chapman Hall (C102) or by phone 540-857-6348. Coach Phil Wheeler at vadriveserve@gmail.com or by phone 540-721-9035.

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Application period for Fall 2015 scholarships at Virginia Western now open

Virginia Western Community College’s tuition is approximately one-third that of a typical four-year college. However, many students continue to face financial hardships that prevent their access to education, causing barriers to future growth and achievement. Individuals, businesses, community organizations and corporations have generously invested in scholarships at Virginia Western, making college possible for many deserving students.

Prospective and current students can apply for Fall Semester 2015 scholarships between now and 4 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2015, at virginiawestern.edu/foundation/scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 per semester.

Highlighted are several new scholarships making an impact on the lives of students:

  • Shenandoah Life Annual Diversity Scholarship may be applied to tuition and other related fees for students enrolled in the Business Science or Humanities Division. The scholarship is awarded to diverse students with cultural experiences; first priority is given to students who fluently speak Spanish.
  • Dr. Betty Turner Shepherd Nursing Endowed Scholarship covers full tuition and other related fees to students entering the second semester of the Nursing Program.
  • Dr. George K. Bowers Youth Haven-Sanctuary Annual Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate financial need, and  meet one of the following criteria:  finished a prescribed program at Youth Haven or Sanctuary; attended Youth Haven or Sanctuary for a substantial time; attended counseling sessions with the Roanoke Juvenile Services and are recommended by the Youth Care Administrator of the Roanoke Juvenile Justice Services Division;  been recommended by the courts of Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem and the Probation Departments of each locality; and youth who are before the court on petition, or youth who are before Juvenile Intake on a complaint in the City of Roanoke, City of Salem, or County of Roanoke.
  • Encore Capital Group Inc. Community College Scholarship helps to cover costs for tuition, books and other related expenses to students pursuing a certificate or associate’s degree.
  • Shentel Foundation Annual Scholarship helps to cover costs for tuition, books and other related expenses to students, full- or part-time, who are graduates of Botetourt or Franklin high schools and live in those counties. Preference is given to first-generation college students who demonstrate an interest in community service.

The Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation awarded more than $136,000 in scholarships to nearly 100 students for the 2014-15 academic year. At a ceremony on March 25, the college will honor its scholarship recipients and donors.

For more information about the scholarship process or to learn how to establish a scholarship, contact Carole Tarrant, Coordinator of Development, at (540) 857-6281 or ctarrant@virginiawestern.edu.

Posted on March 3, 2015 in Campus News, Educational Foundation | Permalink

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