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.
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 (Reynolds), Hope Geiger (Southwest Virginia), Madison Goodie (Southwest Virginia), Austin Bryant (Virginia Western), Daniel Feher (Wytheville).
The scholarship, combined with leadership development, travel, and cultural opportunities has an approximate value of $15,000.
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 nearly 70 years and currently operates 15 plants in eight states.
The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), the fundraising arm of Virginia’s Community Colleges, oversees the fellows program, which Valley Proteins has funded for seven consecutive years.
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