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 RecipientAwardRecipient’s Current SchoolAwarding Fund
Carter Brockman$900Auburn High SchoolWilliam F. Teel Scholarship Fund
Holden Trimmer$1,000Auburn High SchoolJuanita Shelor Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Hailey Wade$1,000Auburn High SchoolJuanita Shelor Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kerrie Miller$1,000Auburn High SchoolAuxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Brooke Anderson$750Blacksburg High SchoolCasey Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund
Megan Asbrand$1,000Blacksburg High SchoolDiana Love Legacy Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund
Ailene Edwards$500Blacksburg High SchoolDana R. and Marilyn Spencer Scholarship Fund
Sture Forsman$1,500Blacksburg High SchoolJim Gwazdauskas Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kalina Hanowski$750Blacksburg High SchoolBlacksburg High School NHS Legacy Fund
Bethany Hsiao$1,000Blacksburg High SchoolTerry Helms Memorial Scholarship Fund ;
Dawson Racek$1,000Blacksburg High SchoolChris Dudley Scholarship Fund
Hugh Scarpa-Friedman$500Blacksburg High SchoolDennis Stauffer Memorial Scholarship Fund
Raaga Unmesha Vullikanti$2,000Blacksburg High SchoolBlacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad Memorial Scholarship Fund
Whitney Welbaum$1,000Blacksburg High SchoolJune Liang Wang Scholarship Fund
Hannah Jirsa$750Blacksburg High SchoolBlacksburg High School NHS Legacy Fund
Sebastian Kocz$1,000Blacksburg High SchoolJune Liang Wang Scholarship Fund
Tyler Kwak$500Christiansburg High SchoolA. Phillip Meadows Leadership Fund
Cooper Neeble$1,000Christiansburg High SchoolMarcus Allen Ford Memorial Scholarship Fund
Daniel Song$2,000Christiansburg High SchoolDoris Huff Elliott Business Excellence Scholarship Fund
Jacob Weaver$500Dayspring Christian AcademyEric E. Sutphin Memorial Scholarship For the Children of Law Enforcement Officers
Vance Garren$1,000Eastern Montgomery High SchoolEpperly Family Fund
Brett Smith$1,000Eastern Montgomery High SchoolAllan Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Nevaeh Ford$1,000Eastern Montgomery High SchoolEpperly Family Fund
Sierra Pennington$1,000Eastern Montgomery High SchoolMarie Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Destiny Akers$500Floyd County High SchoolEvelyn Rutrough Memorial Scholarship Fund
Caden Dean-Sauter$900Floyd County High SchoolWoodrow and Elma Turman Scholarship Fund
Shaylee Gearhart$1,000Floyd County High SchoolJames E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Brian Hammond$1,000Floyd County High SchoolJames E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Bethany Miller$1,000Floyd County High SchoolWilliamsburg Consort Symphonic Band Scholarship Fund
Bridgette Poff$1,000Floyd County High SchoolJames E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Victoria Pratt-Myers$1,000Floyd County High SchoolCitizens Scholarship Fund
Hannah Vest$1,000Floyd County High SchoolJames E. and Kate H. Board Scholarship Fund
Adam Bradshaw$1,000Floyd County High SchoolLarry Turman Memorial Scholarship Fund
Lily Pratt$500Floyd County High schoolMary Ann King Peters Scholarship Fund
Brianna Wright$500Gateway Christian SchoolEric E. Sutphin Memorial Scholarship For the Children of Law Enforcement Officers
Elijah Anderson$1,000Grayson County High SchoolPlummer Family Scholarship Fund,
Jackson Moxley$1,000Grayson County High SchoolPlummer Family Scholarship Fund
Leah Pierce$1,000HomeschoolAuxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Hannah Belcher$500Narrows HighLaura J. Pynn Scholarship Fund
Hannah Shuff$840Narrows High SchoolDomermuth Scholarship Fund
Keiona Eaves$2,000New River Community CollegeAdrienne Marie Rhudy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Denise Hood$1,000New River Community CollegeWings Fund
Madison Cornell$2,000Pulaski County High SchoolAdrienne Marie Rhudy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Breanna Lytton$1,000Pulaski County High SchoolAuxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Elisa Gael Suttle$500Pulaski County High SchoolT.Scott Eaton Scholarship Fund
Dakota Talbert$2,000Pulaski County High SchoolJo Ann Slate Smith Scholarship Fund
Julia Lucas$1,000Radford UniversityJuanita Shelor Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Devon Watty$2,000Radford UniversityAdrienne Marie Rhudy Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kayla Snyder$1,000Radford UniversityMarie Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Kayla Marshall$1,018Roanoke CollegeWarren Lloyd Holtzman Freedom Scholarship Fund
Kaela Dunlap$1,000Shenandoah UniversityDiana Love Legacy Instrumental Music Scholarship Fund
Margaret Kovick$1,000The American University of RomeAllan Mandelstamm Scholarship Fund
Morgan Fisher$1,000University of North Carolina at Chapel HillAuxiliary of Radford Community Hospital/CNRVMC
Jenna Bender$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Jantzyn Alley$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Emily Barrett$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Kimberly Fike$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Garrett Fleming$3,000Virginia TechLineweaver Scholarship Fund
Cosette Geesey$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Paulina Hall$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Christopher Henley$1,000Virginia TechMuffo Family Scholarship Fund
Carrie Orey$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Delaney Snead$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Reagan Snead$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Allison Trittschuh$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Hannah Wohlford$2,000Virginia TechVirginia Tech Women’s Club Scholarship Fund
Chelsea Booth$1,000Wytheville Community CollegeWings Fund