Four PCHS students awarded scholarships from Community Foundation of NRV

The Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV) held its 2019 Scholarship Awards Dinner on May 9, 2019, at the German Club Manor in Blacksburg to celebrate the largest year of the program to date, awarding $80,908 in scholarships to 67 students from across the New River Valley. Over 200 guests attended the event, including scholarship recipients and their families, donors, principals, guidance counselors, and foundation volunteers.

Begun in 2002, the aims of the program are to support the educational aspirations of students so that they can achieve their full potential, to nurture a skilled workforce in the region, and to cultivate future community leaders. The program has grown steadily over the past 17 years, awarding almost $621,000 to 619 students from over 40 endowed scholarship funds. Funds are created by individuals, families, and NRV businesses, and are managed by the CFNRV.

The 2019 group of scholarship winners was one of the most diverse to date, with almost a quarter of the cohort comprised of first generation college students. Recipients will attend a wide range of colleges, many within the region and some ranging as far abroad as Rome. Virginia Tech (22 recipients) and Radford (9 recipients) were the most popular destinations in the 2019 cohort.

CFNRV board member John Muffo created a scholarship fund because of the impact scholarships had on his own education. Muffo said, “Why we decided to fund a scholarship is quite simple. Higher education has always been very important to me as a way to improve my life personally and professionally. My own undergraduate education was funded in part by a partial scholarship. I feel a responsibility to pass it on to another generation.”

 

CFNRV Executive Director Jessica Wirgau hopes more community members will support the program and help expand its impact. Wirgau said, “We were thrilled to reach a new milestone in 2019, awarding over $80,000 in scholarships to students from across the region. Every year the demand for scholarship funding goes up, and we are still only able to fund a fraction of the many qualified applications we receive. These scholarships benefit the individual students first and foremost, but they also benefit our broader region by helping to cultivate a qualified workforce, with many of our recipients staying right here in the NRV after graduation. We know that creating a scholarship fund puts a higher education within reach and supports the next generation of NRV leaders. Now we need more individuals, families, and businesses to help us meet the demand for funding by creating an endowed scholarship.”

Muffo agrees that benefits from the program accrue to more than just individual recipients. Muffo said, “The benefit to the Foundation and the community is also obvious. A scholarship is a hand up rather than a hand out. It helps a person become more self-sufficient as well as a better informed citizen.”

 

A complete list of scholarship winners is below. The 2020 scholarship application will open online in October 2019 with a deadline of February 7, 2020. Anyone interested in starting an endowed scholarship fund to support an NRV student may contact the foundation at 540-381-8999 or email jessicawirgau@cfnrv.org.

 

2019 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

Scholarship Recipient Award Recipient’s Current School Awarding Fund
Carter Brockman $900 Auburn High School William F. Teel Scholarship Fund
Holden Trimmer $1,000 Auburn High School Juanita Shelor Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Hailey Wade $1,000 Auburn High School Juanita Shelor Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kerrie Miller $1,000 Auburn High School Auxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Brooke Anderson $750 Blacksburg High School Casey Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund
Megan Asbrand $1,000 Blacksburg High School Diana Love Legacy Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund
Ailene Edwards $500 Blacksburg High School Dana R. and Marilyn Spencer Scholarship Fund
Sture Forsman $1,500 Blacksburg High School Jim Gwazdauskas Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kalina Hanowski $750 Blacksburg High School Blacksburg High School NHS Legacy Fund
Bethany Hsiao $1,000 Blacksburg High School Terry Helms Memorial Scholarship Fund ;
Dawson Racek $1,000 Blacksburg High School Chris Dudley Scholarship Fund
Hugh Scarpa-Friedman $500 Blacksburg High School Dennis Stauffer Memorial Scholarship Fund
Raaga Unmesha Vullikanti $2,000 Blacksburg High School Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Memorial Scholarship Fund
Whitney Welbaum $1,000 Blacksburg High School June Liang Wang Scholarship Fund
Hannah Jirsa $750 Blacksburg High School Blacksburg High School NHS Legacy Fund
Sebastian Kocz $1,000 Blacksburg High School June Liang Wang Scholarship Fund
Tyler Kwak $500 Christiansburg High School A. Phillip Meadows Leadership Fund
Cooper Neeble $1,000 Christiansburg High School Marcus Allen Ford Memorial Scholarship Fund
Daniel Song $2,000 Christiansburg High School Doris Huff Elliott Business Excellence Scholarship Fund
Jacob Weaver $500 Dayspring Christian Academy Eric E. Sutphin Memorial Scholarship For the Children of Law Enforcement Officers
Vance Garren $1,000 Eastern Montgomery High School Epperly Family Fund
Brett Smith $1,000 Eastern Montgomery High School Allan Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Nevaeh Ford $1,000 Eastern Montgomery High School Epperly Family Fund
Sierra Pennington $1,000 Eastern Montgomery High School Marie Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Destiny Akers $500 Floyd County High School Evelyn Rutrough Memorial Scholarship Fund
Caden Dean-Sauter $900 Floyd County High School Woodrow and Elma Turman Scholarship Fund
Shaylee Gearhart $1,000 Floyd County High School James E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Brian Hammond $1,000 Floyd County High School James E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Bethany Miller $1,000 Floyd County High School Williamsburg Consort Symphonic Band Scholarship Fund
Bridgette Poff $1,000 Floyd County High School James E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Victoria Pratt-Myers $1,000 Floyd County High School Citizens Scholarship Fund
Hannah Vest $1,000 Floyd County High School James E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Adam Bradshaw $1,000 Floyd County High School Larry Turman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Lily Pratt $500 Floyd County High school Mary Ann King Peters Scholarship Fund
Brianna Wright $500 Gateway Christian School Eric E. Sutphin Memorial Scholarship For the Children of Law Enforcement Officers
Elijah Anderson $1,000 Grayson County High School Plummer Family Scholarship Fund,
Jackson Moxley $1,000 Grayson County High School Plummer Family Scholarship Fund
Leah Pierce $1,000 Homeschool Auxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Hannah Belcher $500 Narrows High Laura J. Pynn Scholarship Fund
Hannah Shuff $840 Narrows High School Domermuth Scholarship Fund
Keiona Eaves $2,000 New River Community College Adrienne Marie Rhudy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Denise Hood $1,000 New River Community College Wings Fund
Madison Cornell $2,000 Pulaski County High School Adrienne Marie Rhudy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Breanna Lytton $1,000 Pulaski County High School Auxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Elisa Gael Suttle $500 Pulaski County High School T.Scott Eaton Scholarship Fund
Dakota Talbert $2,000 Pulaski County High School Jo Ann Slate Smith Scholarship Fund
Julia Lucas $1,000 Radford University Juanita Shelor Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Devon Watty $2,000 Radford University Adrienne Marie Rhudy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kayla Snyder $1,000 Radford University Marie Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Kayla Marshall $1,018 Roanoke College Warren Lloyd Holtzman Freedom Scholarship Fund
Kaela Dunlap $1,000 Shenandoah University Diana Love Legacy Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund
Margaret Kovick $1,000 The American University of Rome Allan Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Morgan Fisher $1,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Auxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Jenna Bender $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Jantzyn Alley $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Emily Barrett $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Kimberly Fike $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Garrett Fleming $3,000 Virginia Tech Lineweaver Scholarship Fund
Cosette Geesey $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Paulina Hall $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Christopher Henley $1,000 Virginia Tech Muffo Family Scholarship Fund
Carrie Orey $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Delaney Snead $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Reagan Snead $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Allison Trittschuh $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Hannah Wohlford $2,000 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Chelsea Booth $1,000 Wytheville Community College Wings Fund
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