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Dozens of Scholarship Recipients Honored During Special Ceremony

RICHMOND – Fifty-seven students representing Virginia’s 23 community colleges were honored Tuesday, November 18, at a luncheon in honor of scholarships they received.

Shawn Boyer, chairman of the board of Snagajob and keynote speaker for the luncheon, told students to “throw the word failure out of your vocabulary.”

“You are going to make lots of errors,” he said. “Don’t let that start affecting your psyche.” Boyer founded Snagajob in 1999 and in 2008 he was named Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2013, he moved from CEO to chairman of the board at the hourly employment network. He told students not to be afraid to try new things, to find a path that is true to them, and to learn and grow from mistakes instead of being paralyzed by them.

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) distributed more than $350,000 in scholarships this year to students from across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship Program, with 25 recipients this year, was established in 2006 through the generosity of longtime partners Wells Fargo and Dominion. The scholarships recognize students from across the Commonwealth who have demonstrated academic excellence during high school as well as a commitment to developing leadership skills. Each scholarship bears the name of one of many philanthropy leaders who support Virginia’s Community Colleges.

Nineteen scholars received additional scholarships in honor of special philanthropists and friends who further the mission of Virginia’s Community Colleges, and 13 students were honored as participants in two prestigious Fellows Programs: Valley Proteins Fellows and Potomac Health Foundation Fellows.

Commonwealth Legacy Scholars

Sarah Clark, Blue Ridge, Augusta Health Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kyle Templeton, Blue Ridge, Sentara RMH Medical Center Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Dalton King, Central Virginia, The Sonny Merryman Family Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jonathan Coleman, Dabney S. Lancaster, Allegheny Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Meredith Meissner, Danville, Danville Regional Medical Center Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Thomas Molter, Eastern Shore, Jeff Holland Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Andrea Gayle, Germanna, Spotsylvania County Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Michael Fare, Reynolds, Metropolitan Health Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Ali Muslem, John Tyler, The Cameron Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kyle Hanson, Lord Fairfax, William Holtzman Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Alexis Potter, Mountain Empire, Martha J. Rhoton Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Megan Mercer, New River, Paul Duncan and Gary Duncan Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Renee Ordoobadi, Northern Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Travis Maxey, Patrick Henry, Gary and Susan Collins Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Bonnie Newsome, Paul D. Camp, Smithfield Foods Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Spencer Clem, Piedmont Virginia, Julie Heyward Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kendra Yates, Rappahannock, Children of Charles and Elizabeth Ryland Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Delilah McCall, Southside Virginia, Halifax Regional Health System Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Hunter Newton-Meade, Southwest Virginia, Consol Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jeremy Collins, Thomas Nelson, Sentara Healthcare Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Nevin Voors, Tidewater, Robert C. Nusbaum & Linda S. Laibstain Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jessica Moret, Virginia Highlands, C. B. Hale Memorial Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Alexie Jean Jacques, Virginia Western, Roanoke City School Board Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Kenley Meredith, Wytheville, Daniel M. Copeland Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Tiffany Riggs, VFCCE, Valley Proteins Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Richmond Region Commonwealth Legacy Scholars

Shauneal Bobb, Reynolds
Adam Mandelblatt, Reynolds
John Tivenan, Reynolds
Kailey Washok, Reynolds
Juliana Hybner, John Tyler
My Nguyen, John Tyler
Lyndsay Welch, John Tyler

Named and Memorial Scholars

Jose Martinez, John Tyler, ACG Richmond/VFCCE Scholarship
Lauren Housel, Piedmont Virginia, Shahnaz Ahmed Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Madison Wells, Patrick Henry, Gerald L. Baliles Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Brandon Wimbish, Patrick Henry, Gerald L. Baliles Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Michee Mutangu, Northern Virginia, Kathy Camper Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Jennifer Butler, Germanna, John Casteen Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Christina Dadaian, Tidewater, Eva T. Hardy Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Anna Bailey, Germanna, Michael A. Smith Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
Meghan Schoenhals, Lord Fairfax, Jonathan Alje Toxopeus Scholarship
Breanna Hawkins, John Tyler, William H. Talley III Godwin Society Scholarship
Alex Brockman, Thomas Nelson, Danny Hunley Godwin Society Scholarship

Potomac Health Foundation Fellows

Emily Kern, Northern Virginia
Omoladun Olaseni-Asaramola, Northern Virginia
Morgan Rigg, Northern Virginia

2014-2015 Valley Proteins Fellows

John Jimenez, Dabney S. Lancaster
Christopher Henshaw, Germanna
Linda Foreman, Reynolds
Jayson Johnson, Reynolds
Ryan Pledger, Reynolds
Wanda Olden, Paul D. Camp
Madeleine Morales, Piedmont Virginia
Lisha Long, Southwest Virginia
Kingdom Oguibe, Thomas Nelson
Daniel Peets, Wytheville

 

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve approximately 400,000 students each year. For more information, please visit vccs2staging.wpengine.com.

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education: Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students; helping more Virginia foster youth pursue and complete higher education through the Great Expectations program; and leading a partnership to improve rural Virginia’s education pipeline through the Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative. For more information, please visit vccs2staging.wpengine.com/giving.

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