Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected 10 students to represent the fourth class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program.

The 2014-2015 class of Fellows includes (identified left to right at end of each row):

Jiminez Henshaw Foreman Johnson Pledger-2

John Jimenez - DSLCC

Christopher Henshaw - GCC

Linda Foreman- JSRCC

Jayson Johnson-JSRCC

Ryan Pledger- JSRCC

Olden Morales Long Oguibe Peets

Wanda Olden- PDCCC

Madeleine Morales- PVCC

Lisha Long- SWCC

Kingdom Oguibe- TNCC

Daniel Peets –WCC

 The Valley Proteins Fellows represent the best and most motivated second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges who demonstrate both academic and leadership potential along with an uncompromising commitment to excellence. Of the 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only ten are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program.

The fellowship has an estimated value of $15,000 which includes full coverage of tuition and fees.

The fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project.

The fellows program is made possible through the generous donation of Valley Proteins, Inc., a longtime supporter of the Virginia Community College mission. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 60 years and currently operates 14 plants in seven states.

“Congratulations to these students who earned some of our most competitive scholarships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “These scholars are talented, motivated and community-focused. These men and women will be taking the reins of leadership and leaving their mark on the world and we’re delighted to work with them.”

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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