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CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Scholarships help open doors to education and assist students in achieving their goals. They ease stresses caused by financial challenges; help working students who want to spend more time focused on college; and provide encouragement, by showing students there is a supportive community that believes in them and wants them to succeed. This academic year, the John Tyler Community College Foundation (JTCC Foundation) awarded $253,112.72 in scholarships to 174 students. The JTCC Foundation scholarship program, made possible through the generous support of individuals, businesses and organizations, includes need- and achievement-based scholarships, as well as scholarships designated for students in specific majors or from certain geographic areas.

This year’s scholarship recipients and donors were honored March 4, 2022, at a virtual celebration event, which highlighted the impact scholarships have on students’ lives. During the event, Tyler alumnus Geovany Chavarria, a past scholarship recipient, spoke about the lasting impact the scholarship program had on him. Attendees also heard from current scholarship recipients Ishan Chaudhary, an information technology student; Shelby Lail, a technical studies student; and Jonathan Ryder, who graduated in December with a degree in health sciences. The students shared their personal journeys and talked about the important role their scholarships are having on their goals.

As students balance jobs, family responsibilities and their classwork, while also navigating the pandemic, the support provided by these scholarships is extremely important. “The generosity of our donors continues to be critical as students face the challenges of pursing their education during a pandemic,” says Rachel Biundo, vice president of institutional advancement. “We know education creates pathways to jobs, which is vital as our economy recovers and area employers search for skilled workers. The financial support scholarships provide can make a difference in a student's ability to attend college, complete their major, and achieve their goals.”

The list of students awarded scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year includes:

ACG Richmond Virginia Foundation for Community College Education Scholarship

Holly Baumfalk (23120)

ACG Richmond Virginia Foundation for Community College Education Scholarship

Olivia Hendrix (23831)

AdvanSix Endowed Scholarship

Abram Donahue (23936)

Alcoa Company Endowed Scholarship

Jared Waters (23039)

American Society of Highway Engineers - Old Dominion Section Scholarship

Cordial Clark (23803)

American Society of Highway Engineers - Old Dominion Section Scholarship

William Earnest (23139)

Amsted Rail Company, Inc. Endowed Scholarship

Kelly Huerta (23223)

Amsted Rail Company, Inc. Endowed Scholarship

Alexander Sellers (23060)

Betty White Talley Endowed Scholarship

Sadie Bivins (23834)

Betty White Talley Endowed Scholarship

Gabrielle Rice (23112)

Blair E. Underwood Endowed Scholarship

Chenaya Haskins (23803)

Brandermill Rotary Scholarship

Asra Mahum (23831)

Capital One Endowed Scholarship

Peyton Amos (23112)

Capital One Endowed Scholarship

Rose Bustamante (23112)

Capital One Endowed Scholarship

Amanda Harris (23112)

Capital One Endowed Scholarship

Shannan Nash (23120)

Capital One Endowed Scholarship

Gabriel Walker (23803)

Capital One Endowed Scholarship

Kayla Wood (24184)

Carl Zeiss Endowed Scholarship

Lauren Traylor (23112)

Catherine Naomi Hinson Wyatt Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Ishan Chaudhary (23803)

CJW Medical Center Endowed Nursing Scholarship

David Rike (23222)

CJW-JTCC Nurse Externship Scholarship

McCarty Chaffin (23838)

CJW-JTCC Nurse Externship Scholarship

Cora Evans (23002)

CJW-JTCC Nurse Externship Scholarship

Amber Haddon (23875)

CJW-JTCC Nurse Externship Scholarship

Jovanny Ibarra (23002)

CJW-JTCC Nurse Externship Scholarship

Candace Noel (23224)

CJW-JTCC Nurse Externship Scholarship

Ashley Rozario (23114)

Clara Barton Scholarship

Lyndsey Graham (23838)

Clara Barton Scholarship

Taghreed Saleh (23834)

Commander Family Scholarship

Landon Guilliams (23836)

Commander Family Scholarship

Faith Ann Pagaduan (23836)

Commander Family Scholarship

William Powell (23831)

David & Esther Grinnan Memorial Scholarship

Iann Colop-Rodriguez (23832)

David & Esther Grinnan Memorial Scholarship

Tyteyona Murray (23223)

Dominion Resources Endowed Scholarship

Casey Cole (23120)

Dominion Resources Endowed Scholarship

Roberto Lopez (23235)

Dominion Resources Endowed Scholarship

Franco Ramos (23234)

Dominion Resources Endowed Scholarship

Jonathan Webber (23237)

Doster-Via Family Scholarship

Emily Jones (23002)

Doster-Via Family Scholarship

Maria Kathleen Villanueva (23234)

Edwin D. Jordan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Cheyenne Gerlach (23237)

Edwin D. Jordan Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Cruz Walden (23834)

Ellen Lucas Memorial Scholarship presented by Patient First

Brett Bluestein (23112)

Ellen Lucas Memorial Scholarship presented by Patient First

Kimberly Trent (23860)

Erika Grant Poindexter Scholarship

Madalynn Brown (23834)

Follett Higher Education Group Scholarship

Shani Rodney (23112)

Follett Higher Education Group Scholarship

Hunter Stainback (23850)

Follett Higher Education Group Scholarship

Angelica Swanson (23832)

Follett Higher Education Group Scholarship

Kirsten Wilmoth (23831)

Full Moon Madness Endowed Scholarship

Logan Stafford (23832)

George H. Eliades Memorial Scholarship

Quinton Cummings (23860)

Grohusky STEM Scholarship

Enrique Valenzuela Lesme (23832)

Grohusky STEM Scholarship

Jessie Lipsett (23112)

Hercules, Inc. Endowed Scholarship

Sebine Scaria (23836)

Homer C. Eliades Memorial Endowed Scholarship

LaTika Lee (23234)

James L. Cosby Sr. Scholarship in Accounting

Fredrick Brown (23237)

James L. Cosby Sr. Scholarship in Accounting

Regina Payne (23831)

James W. (Jim) Bynum Scholarship

Samuel Sanders (23236)

James W. (Jim) Bynum Scholarship

Miciah Thomas (23112)

John Randolph Medical Center Auxiliary Endowed Scholarship

Shanna Keaton (23832)

John Randolph Medical Center Auxiliary Endowed Scholarship

Merilyn Zinkwich (23112)

JTCC Allied Health Preparation, Pre-Nursing Scholarship

Ayjah Fields (23805)

JTCC Allied Health Preparation, Pre-Nursing Scholarship

Brittany Zagurski (23112)

JTCC Foundation Art Endowed Scholarship

Timothy Plahs (23235)

JTCC Foundation Business Endowed Scholarship

Clare Ogaz (23229)

JTCC General Scholarship

Madalynn Brown (23834)

JTCC General Scholarship

Ray Clemons (23060)

JTCC General Scholarship

Jacquelene Foster (23834)

Laurie Swanson McCants Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Racheal Labaj (23801)

MACEST Scholarship

Ryan Firth (23120)

Margaret G. Lewis Endowed Scholarship

Erica Hanson (23834)

Margaret G. Lewis Endowed Scholarship

Christopher Martin (23139)

Margaret G. Lewis Endowed Scholarship

Tamara Quallis (23225)

Margaret G. Lewis Endowed Scholarship

Jaisha Williams (23114)

Marshall W. Smith Endowed Scholarship

Jasmine Hudson (23112)

Marshall W. Smith Endowed Scholarship

Vanesa Linares (23226)

Marshall W. Smith Endowed Scholarship

Zahra Moradi (23236)

Maude and M. Dale Kerby Memorial Scholarship

Mrafi Abdelrahman (23112)

Maude and M. Dale Kerby Memorial Scholarship

Jacob Weideman (23114)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Sophia Arabia (23112)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Elizabeth Cozens (23229)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Victoria Pope (23139)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Caroline Beatley (23139)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Jennifer Benton (23838)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Ellisa Evans (23059)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Abigayle Harrell (23139)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Chelsea King (20136)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Cherish Nash-Turnbow (23229)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Olive Scott (23803)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

James Walton (23230)

Metropolitan Health Foundation Inc. Nursing Scholarship

Emma Wettstein (23834)

Mike and Lynn White Endowed Scholarship

Amanda Murphy (23838)

Nursing's Future Scholarship

Michael Morgan (23234)

OCLYN Memorial Scholarship in Nursing

Julie Philp (23238)

Preston H. and Ann K. Leake Endowed Scholarship

Emilie Guy (23831)

Preston H. and Ann K. Leake Endowed Scholarship

Maryna Nikulin (23226)

Preston H. and Ann K. Leake Endowed Scholarship

Alexander Schram (23832)

Rena Mallory Scholarship

Ray Clemons (23060)

Rena Mallory Scholarship

Jacquelene Foster (23834)

Robert E. (Bob) Preston Scholarship

Fiyinfoluwa Adeniyan (23235)

Ronald D. Laux Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jonathan Mooney (23112)

Ronald D. Laux Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Kelsy Smith (23805)

Sandy & Ed Via Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship

Tyler Asbell (23113)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Brea Baldwin (23139)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Hannah Futrell (23829)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Javkhlantuya Johnson (23832)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Schuyler Kenyon (23229)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Mai Marjenhoff (23832)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Cory OKeefe (23059)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Alexis Rolfe (23111)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Manjiri Talegaonakar (23112)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Ella Wolf (23139)

Shelton Hardaway Short, Jr. Scholarship

Nadia Yendrek (23113)

Suntrust Bank Endowed Scholarship

Anna Davis (23832)

Suntrust Bank Endowed Scholarship

Myint Myint Oo (23059)

The ALSTOM Power - "Education is Power" Endowed Scholarship

Matthew Evington (23235)

The BB&T Bank Endowed Scholarship

Sandy ibrahim (23112)

The Cairo-Nowinski Family Endowed Scholarship

Giuliana Vagni (22546)

The Chester Rotary/Thomas L. Haynes Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jack Taylor (23112)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Shalisa Borden (23237)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Kaylee Carballo (23236)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Jessica Childress (23112)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Sydney Crocker (23114)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Monica Doyle (23112)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Alisha France (23113)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Makayla Garris (23831)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Hailey Hightower (23112)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Shanna Keaton (23832)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Courtney Miller (23112)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Michael Morgan (23234)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Ruth Sadowsky (23112)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Gabriella Smith (23234)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Kianna Thomas (23225)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Charlyn Todd (23803)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Elizabeth Williams (23114)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Jaisha Williams (23114)

The Chesterfield County Scholarship

Merilyn Zinkwich (23112)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Genevieve Benzinger (23112)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Jade Campbell (24538)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Taylor Davis (23112)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Mary Early (23235)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Zachary Edicola (23150)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Natassja Garris (23803)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Nelena Gregory (23834)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Michael Griffith (23236)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Ashanti Keene (23803)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Jessica Kloes (23235)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Kathryn LaClair (23832)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Jelissa Marshall (23075)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Jessica Payne (23831)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Anna Saakian (23220)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Riley Smith (23231)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Timothy Swain (23234)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Beth Thompson (23111)

The Dennis and Hanh Hellenguard Endowed Scholarship

Cecelia Toler (23112)

The DuPont Endowed Scholarship

Ashley Joyner (23231)

The DuPont Spruance Scholarship

Shawn Bryant (23234)

The DuPont Spruance Scholarship

Elizabeth Sears (23112)

The Excellence in Biology Endowed Scholarship

Déja Cordero (23831)

The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship

Elijah Edens (23002)

The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship

Shelby Lail (23803)

The Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship

Heilie Sheppard (23885)

The Midlothian Ruritan Club Scholarship

Courtney Miller (23112)

The Midlothian Ruritan Club Scholarship

Hayley Moss (23113)

The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Matthew Biles (23831)

The Neall Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Lauren Martin (23005)

The Nova Huckaby Endowed Scholarship

Sarah Harrell (23139)

The Nova Huckaby Endowed Scholarship

Laura Kane (23060)

The Philip Morris Career/Technical Scholarship

Colin Graham (23838)

The Philip Morris Career/Technical Scholarship

Mannix Green (23059)

The Philip Morris Career/Technical Scholarship

Zoe Nettles (23220)

The Verizon Endowed Scholarship

Matthew Davis (22546)

The Verizon Endowed Scholarship

Brandon Ramirez (23114)

Theresa Hands Windham Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Jonathan Ryder (23838)

VFCCE Richmond Regional Scholarship

Miciah Thomas (23112)

Wachovia Wells Fargo Endowed Scholarship

Grace Berry (23112)

Waste Management Inc. Endowed Scholarship

Taylor Cooper (23083)

William H. Talley, III Endowed Scholarship

Todd Farschon (23803)

William H. Talley, III Endowed Scholarship

Kaysa Jones (23860)

William H. Talley, III Endowed Scholarship

Yomna Metwaly (23834)

William H. Talley, III Endowed Scholarship

Ashlynne Young (23834)

The Scholarship Celebration event was made possible with the support of the following sponsors:

Trailblazer Society Sponsors
National Student Clearinghouse
Virginia Asset Management
Atlantic Union Bank

Tyler Society Sponsors
Amsted Rail Company, Inc.

President’s Society Sponsors
Brown, Edwards & Company, L.L.P.
Virginia529

Burgundy & Gold Sponsors
Eliades & Eliades, P.C.
William H. Talley & Son, Inc.

To learn more about the JTCC Foundation Scholarship Program, visit www.jtcc.edu/scholarships.

The JTCC Foundation secures resources that provide scholarships for students; fund academic programs, student support services, capital projects, and renovations to modernize classrooms and labs; and stimulate innovation within the college faculty and staff. This work ensures the college continues its pledge of providing academic excellence to students while expanding the services it offers to meet the community’s workforce requirements. Since most of the College’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the Foundation are an investment in both students and the community.   

John Tyler Community College, which is becoming Brightpoint Community College on July 1, 2022, offers more than 75 majors that provide pathways to careers in high-demand fields; transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities; and industry credentials and licensures. The college, with campuses in Chester and Midlothian, online classes, and off-campus classrooms, served more than 12,790 students during the 2020-21 academic year. . It also assisted approximately 5,700 learners, including more than 2,700 job seekers, through its workforce development division, Community College Workforce Alliance, a partnership between Tyler and Reynolds community colleges.