Rappahannock Community College

Scholarship recipients and donors honored at RCC

Sherika Charity, RCC’s financial aid and veterans’ affairs coordinator, addresses recipients of RCC Educational Foundation scholarships on the subject of saying “Thank you,” and investing in their future and the future of others.

Sherika Charity, RCC’s financial aid and veterans’ affairs coordinator, addresses recipients of RCC Educational Foundation scholarships on the subject of saying “Thank you,” and investing in their future and the future of others.

A formal ceremony followed by a reception, recognizing students who won scholarships for the academic year of 2015-16, as well as the donors of those awards, was held at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw Campus on October 28.

RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther, and the president of its Educational Foundation, Dr. Robert Gates, welcomed attendees to the event and acknowledged members of the College Board and the Educational Foundation Board of Directors.

The evening’s featured speaker was Sherika Charity, RCC’s coordinator for financial aid and veterans’ affairs. Her focus was the importance of saying “Thank you” to all those who invest time, effort, and money in helping us to grow and develop as individuals and as valuable members of the community. She gave a number of examples of relatives, teachers, and benefactors from her own life, some of whose actions she was not particularly grateful for at the time, but that she recognized later as being essential to her becoming a responsible and educated adult.

“Because they invested in me,” she said, “I stand today able to invest in you, just as so many others in this room have invested in you through their scholarships and through their many hours of service.”

In turn, she said, the scholarship recipients can pay that investment forward simply by making sure that the money is not wasted — by making good in their chosen fields. “Leave this room tonight and continue to say ‘thank you’ through your successes!” she emphasized. “And then pass it on by investing in someone else.”

RCC’s dean of student development, Dr. David Keel, then read the names and awards of the scholarship recipients who were present. Many of the recipients were not able to attend the program, having job, family, or other commitments … but for those who did attend, making a personal connection with the donors of their awards, as well as the “RCC family” members who work on their behalf, was a heartwarming experience.

Dr. Crowther concluded the event by acknowledging all the scholarship donors who attended, and inviting them, the student honorees, and their families and friends to adjourn to the student lounge for refreshments and socializing.

This year, 137 RCC students won 234 scholarships administered by the college’s Educational Foundation. Including scholarships from other sources, some of the students received as many as eight awards.

Caroline County | Colonial Beach | Essex | Gloucester | King and Queen
King GeorgeKing William | LancasterMathews | Middlesex | New Kent
Northumberland | Richmond | West Point | Westmoreland

Caroline County

  • Kelly Smith

Colonial Beach

  • Kenneth Ashdown
  • Rebecca Brown
  • Caitlin Coates
  • Sonia Lopez
  • Andrew Ralston

Essex County

  • James Akers
  • Waleed Alashmali
  • Alice Birchett
  • Grete Brummett
  • Chyna Byrd
  • Ashley Cullingsworth
  • Mikelah Dann
  • Cristian Diaz-Claure,
  • Aiyanna Kouakeu
  • Rachael McMahon
  • Ashley Newton
  • Ashley Schwartz
  • Madelyn Woodburn

Gloucester County

  • Michala Anthony
  • EmmaLeigh Brewer
  • Earl Brown
  • Jessica Burch
  • Samantha Carter
  • Victoria Davis
  • Debra Jenkins
  • Jasmine Kight
  • Kelsie Miller
  • Sissi Mise
  • Madison Mott
  • Sharice Murrell
  • Michelle Oberlander
  • Morgan Pritchard
  • Lexes Reiss
  • Christine Riddett
  • Lillian Rogers
  • Lamar Saunders

King and Queen County

  • Zachary Coyne
  • Paul Fuit
  • Anika Holmes
  • Monisha Holmes Golden
  • Jessica Smith

King George County

  • Nicholas Craley
  • Benjamin Frith
  • Matthew Green
  • Arnelle Johnson
  • Morgan Shaffer
  • Jordan Smith
  • Colton Southall
  • Detty Wools

King William County

  • Sheryl Rieling
  • Chanetta Wynn

Lancaster County

  • Cynthia Balderson
  • DaisiaNay Ball
  • Eleanor Beane
  • Mary Clarke
  • Genevive de Castro
  • Chamaria Dillon
  • Gabriel Fearing
  • Jessica Grulkowski
  • Cassie Haydon
  • Mikoya Henderson
  • Brittany Jones
  • Kelley Montgomery
  • Larry O’Bier
  • Paige Pittman
  • Alexis Smith
  • Sarah Sutton
  • Ronesha Veney
  • Margaret Williams
  • Amber Wilson
  • Kayla Wilson
  • Bianca Wohleking

Mathews County

  • Shannon Collins
  • Lindsey Daniels
  • Melanie Jarvis
  • Christine McCuistion
  • Megan Mise
  • Alyssa Smith
  • Justin Todd

Middlesex County

  • Jack Bayard
  • Sierra Cannon
  • Angela Donor
  • Brett Fochtmann
  • Sara Gregory
  • Shellene Guilliams
  • Annette Huggins
  • Jessica Musick
  • Davina Peters
  • Christopher Sheppard
  • Melissa Thibeault

New Kent County

  • Rachel Cashin
  • Emily Kuhn
  • Timothy Mathis
  • Kerri Meeks
  • Stormie Miles

Northumberland County

  • Andre Barnes
  • Taryn Burrell
  • James Davis
  • Haley Dawson
  • Lareka Dublin
  • Chonna Dunn
  • Sarah Haynie
  • Chalisa Johnson
  • Rena Payne
  • Brandy Robinson
  • Tynesha Seldon
  • Carlyn Snoddy
  • July Traylor

Richmond County

  • Mary Arthur
  • Hillary Blackwell
  • Amber Conley
  • Robert Cooke III
  • Sara Courtney
  • Kayla Gordon
  • LaToya Gray
  • Brittany Hall
  • James Kilman
  • Jessica Mullenax
  • Jessica Ochoa
  • Yanelys Perez-Velazco,
  • Aubrey Sharpe
  • Jason Shirk

West Point

  • Kenneth Armstead
  • Maya McCracken
  • Havy Nguyen

Westmoreland County

  • DaJour Bullock
  • Quinshon Carter
  • David Comerford
  • Annette Hamilton
  • Taylor Janovicz
  • Dominique Liles
  • Kelsea Nichols
  • Anna Sisson
  • Mary Sisson
  • Mariona Taylor
  • Guadalupe Valencia