State funding to support high school aged students seeking careers in a health related occupations, including health services, medical office support, cyber security and mechatronics has been approved by Virginia state legislators. The bill was introduced and initiated by Delegate Terry Austin to benefit high school students in the Virginia Western, Dabney S. Lancaster and New River service areas.
The appropriation provides partial support for CTE health-related programs offered by the schools or for high school aged students to attend health related programs offered through the VWCC Regional Academy. The funding is designed to provide training in entry level health care employment needs and to support bridging programs that lead into health care degree options offered through Virginia Western Community College.
Funding amounts and availability will be reviewed annually and determined by the state’s budget planning process.
Blue Ridge Partnership Grant Scholarships
If you are a high school aged student you may apply for funding towards the tuition costs of the Regional Academy programs in Pre-Health, Science: Health Science, Mechatronics, and Medical Billing/Coding.
Funding is determined yearly and is not guaranteed.
Funding applications for the next academic year are due by May 15th.
Students will be notified if funds are available.
Funding will be applied to the student accounts after the last drop date for the term class. Funding is provided POST-ENROLLMENT, so tuition must be paid by the student prior to the term unless the high school assumes the financial responsibility for the Academy. Please review the eligibility requirements noted on the application.
The application must be signed by both the student and the parent/guardian.
Dr. Claude Moore
This funding was initiated by Del Austin and supported by the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation that provides essential equipment and classroom resources for health related programs in our area high schools.
Dr. Moore was born in Danville, Virginia in 1892. He would later describe his childhood in the Southwest Virginia towns of Radford and Roanoke as one of poverty, steeped in the values of hard work and thrift. As a young boy, he was a member of the first Boy Scout Troop in Roanoke. After two years at Roanoke College, young Claude entered the University of Virginia Medical School, where against the dean’s advice, he also played varsity football, relying on his photographic memory to enable him to pursue sports in addition to his demanding academic schedule. He graduated in 1916 and went on to complete his medical internship at New York Hospital. In 1917, at the onset of World War I, Dr. Moore volunteered for the Army, received medical training in military surgery at The Mayo Clinic, and served as a first lieutenant in France.
Following World War I, Dr. Moore returned to Roanoke, where he practiced for seven years before joining the staff of The Mayo Clinic to study radiology. Dr. Moore, through the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation, has left a legacy to assist young adults who want to pursue a career in health care-related fields.