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MEDIA CONTACT: Jeffrey Kraus
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Celebrated Valley Proteins Fellowships Awarded

RICHMOND – The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is proud to introduce its seventh class of Valley Proteins Fellows.

This year’s scholarship recipients are:
Tewodros “Teddy” Maxson, Central Virginia
Marie Shiraki, Dabney S. Lancaster
Lydia Hodges, Patrick Henry
Samantha Scott, Piedmont Virginia
Mostafa Mohibzadh, Thomas Nelson
Donald Cooper, J. Sargeant Reynolds
Hope Geiger, Southwest Virginia
Madison Goodie, Southwest Virginia
Austin Bryant, Virginia Western
Daniel Feher, Wytheville

Out of the more than 242,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth each year, only 10 second-year students are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The scholarship, combined with professional development, travel, and cultural opportunities has an approximate value of $15,000.

In addition to receiving full tuition, book expenses and fees, the Fellows participate in a unique curriculum of intellectual and cultural activities. The Fellows also volunteer 80 hours of community service during the academic year to strengthen their leadership skills and develop a strong foundation for future success.

The fellows program is made possible thanks to the generous support of Valley Proteins, Inc. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for 68 years and currently operates 15 plants in eight states.

“Valley Proteins is privileged to invest in the future of some of Virginia’s most outstanding students,” said Gerald F. (J.J.) Smith, Jr., president of Valley Proteins, Inc. “Helping to remove some of the obstacles that can hinder their success is a priority for us, and it reflects our commitment and support for the community college mission overall.”

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, the fundraising arm of Virginia’s Community Colleges, oversees the fellows program, which Valley Proteins has funded for seven consecutive years.

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 242,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

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 its 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 www.vccs.edu/giving.

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