On November 18, a number of outstanding Virginia Community College System (VCCS) students who have qualified for prestigious statewide scholarships were honored at a luncheon in Richmond. One of these, Rappahannock Community College student Kendra Yates, has been awarded a Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship in the amount of $3,500 for the academic year of 2014-15. In order to be considered for this competitive award, Yates was interviewed and required to demonstrate academic excellence as well as a commitment to developing her leadership skills.
At Middlesex High School, Yates’ academic standing was advanced enough to let her skip 11th grade and graduate a year early. In addition to competing with the high school debating team at the national level, reading to elementary school children, assisting with the Urbanna Festival Education Day, and doing volunteer work at her church, she raised $3,000 to participate in a National Youth Forum of Medicine program.
This allowed her to work in Massachusetts General Hospital’s emergency room for 10 days, observing the medical staff and acting as a volunteer nurse. After receiving her RCC associate degree, Yates hopes to become an oncology nurse, and eventually to enter medical school.
The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarships are funded by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education, in honor of groups or individuals who have been chosen by each community college to receive the Chancellor’s Awards for Leadership in Philanthropy. RCC’s 2014 recipients of the Chancellor’s Award were the six children of Charles and Elizabeth Ryland, who established an endowed scholarship with the RCC Educational Foundation in memory of their parents’ commitment to higher education.
Also attending the luncheon from RCC were the college’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; interim dean of student development Dr. David Keel; Dr. Robert Gates, president of the RCC EFI board of directors, with his wife, Beverly; Stephen Tucker, chair of the RCC College Board, with his wife, Jamie; dean of college advancement and RCC EFI director Cherie Carl; and Miss Yates’s guest, Michael Tyler.
Photo: RCC student Kendra Yates was honored for receiving the “Children of Charles and Elizabeth Ryland” Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship at a luncheon in Richmond on November 18. Left to right: RCC’s president, Dr. Elizabeth Crowther; Yates; and RCC’s interim dean of student development, Dr. David Keel.