ROANOKE – A record-high 630 students are attending Virginia Western Community College tuition-free this fall, thanks to the private-public community partnership that funds the Community College Access Program.
Since 2008, public localities and private donors have united in support of CCAP, which is the largest “free college” program at a Virginia community college. CCAP provides up to three years of tuition for recent high school graduates who meet program requirements, as funding allows. More than 3,872 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program as of fall 2022.
“Thanks to the community’s dedication, commitment and belief in our young people, our high school graduates continue to be able to start their academic and career journeys close to home and enter a workforce that eagerly awaits them,” said William Farrell II, hair of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College.
The prior peak of CCAP participants was in fall 2015, with 551 students funded by the Educational Foundation scholarship.
“This 14 percent increase in participation is largely driven by increased funding from our locality partners, which are eager to open doors for more students to receive CCAP support,” Amanda Mansfield, philanthropy director of the educational foundation, said. “We are heartened that they recognize the critical link between Virginia Western students achieving degrees and certificates and building a stronger workforce. Our special acknowledgements go to to Roanoke and Botetourt counties for their dedicated expansion efforts.”
Roanoke Valley high school seniors may apply for CCAP support in fall 2023 by filling out an online application by Feb. 1, 2023. Those interested in learning more about CCAP are invited to attend upcoming in-person and Zoom information sessions, scheduled for midday and evening times through January. Registration is required at virginiawestern.edu/CCAP.
CCAP recipients for fall 2023:
First year: Joshua Albert, Taylor Arons, Hunter Bayne, Dylan Bender, Emma Blevins, Otoniel Bobe Cummings, Reginald Brown, Maigen Burton, Kylie Butt, Miles Canlas, Michael Carlos-Benitez, Kenley Coleman, Matteo Collins, Holdon Colwell, James Convery, Isabella De Lieto, Thomas Delby, Matthew Ewing, Ayden Fesperman, Alexandria Folden, Calvin Foster, Bailey Fralin, Gabriel Goldston, Jordan Jennings, Sarah Jones, Joshua Kiser, Gabriela Kline-Reyes, Sean Laughlin, Anesline Lumile, Zachary Mangone, Samuel Miles, Logan Milton, Lindsey Moran, Noah Morgan, Owen Mossor, Christian Nolasco-Jacobo, Kalin Paxton, Aaron Peters, Catherine Pugh, Andrew Puthenpurackal, Vance Richards, Christopher Robertson, Elena Sable, Collin Scaggs, Jackson Seto, Ryan Shearer, Harrison Smith, Brenden Steele, Layla Trice, Lily Webster, Connor Weeks, Alyssa Winters, Stephen Witt and Addison Wolfe
Second year: Malak Altawel, Zachary DeSouto, Maggie Duncan, William Jenkins, Jordan Lucas, Adriana Justo Ortiz, Josie Phillips, Jada Prater, Rebekah Rothkopf, Liya Santhosh, Rafe Scaggs, Carter Schaeffer, Kyleigh Smithey and Gabrielle St. Amour
Third year: Elijah Boyer, Grace Kelley, Regan Laughlin, Bailee Lintner, Christopher Murphy and Annalise Smith
First year: Arianna Adebiyi, Michael Amoroso, Carmen Anderson, Andrew Ballinger, Ryan Barbour, Sara Bechtold, Chayton Behrens, Victoria Bell, Bryce Bennett, Alyssa Bishop, Noah Bone, Nicholas Borchevsky, Hadley Brandetsas, Trinity Bridgen, Abigail Brown, Bryce Brunelli, Bennett Burger, Nicholas Carter, Don Casil Jr., Mason Cass, Sara Chapman, Jonathan Chen, Chloe Clark, Sidney Clemmer, Madison Coffer, Elias Coleman, Megan Coleman, Connor Colgan, Elizabeth Collins, Benjamin Cook, Hannah Cooper, Ethan Corbett, Treveon Cossaboon, Landon Cox, Ryan Crouch, Elliot Danz, Kiera Davidson, Sheridan Dooley, Gavin Dorsey, Colin Doyle, Riley Duncan, Sarahann Earls, Brooklyn Eaves, Sierra England, Kellan Enos, Makayla Entsminger, Conner Evans, Justine Fizer, Isabella Franco, Aidan Franklin, Josie Galliher, Mikaila Gentry, Connor Gilkeson, Victoria Goodman, Haley Gowen, Ashley Griffin, Abigail Gunn, Lilymae Gunter, Reese Guth, Breanna Hall, Kailyn Hardy, Samuel Hart, Olivia Hartman, Jasmine Hefner, Sadie Henderson, Nathan Hendrick, Holly Hinchy, Nathan Hinkle, Kaiya Hoagland, Kenley Hodges, Sean Hoey, Molly Holthouser, Reese Hood, Jason Hunter, Blaise Ingram, Robert Janney, Cole Jarrett, Bryce Johnson, Rebecca Justice, Pyxle Karnes, Mercedes Kastner, Tanner Kennedy, Brianna Kinnally, Sofia Kouser, Cheyenne Lawless, Tiffany Le, Nathaniel Linkous, Vinton Mai, Jay Marshall, Landon Marshall, Jayson Marvin, Josiah Mauceri, Zachary McCroskey, Logan McDaniel, Taylor McKay, Dylan Mills, Ashley Moore, Ryan Moore, Kamaya Moorman, Julianne Morgan, Clinton Morris, Elizabeth Morris, Erika Morris, Aayusha Neupane, Steven Nguyen, Tori Nininger, Ella Overstreet, Noah Painter, Shivani Patel, Donovan Phoebus, Thomas Pierce, Andrew Pronko, Hannah Puskar, Brock Rader, Madelyn Richardson, Abigail Ricker, Evan Ridinger, Kendal Seale, Emma Silva, Jackson Simmons, Jamie Small, Damien-Chaos Smith, Faith Smith, Kayla Smith, Levi Smith, Thoo Lay Soe, Andrew Sowder, Logan Stump, Belma Subasic, Kaile Surrell, Lainey Thornhill, Chase Tinsley, James Tozier, Lana Turner, Amra Vatres, Ethan Wade, Logan Wade, Gracie Walker, Greta Walls, Colin Webb, Laine Wegener, Madison Williams, Katelyn Wissinger, Carson Wood and Cameran Zimmerman
Second year: Brandon Acker, Grant Alderson, Hailey Bryant, Haley Church, Michaela Clarke, Rachel Cruff, Tyler Cundiff, Erin Curtis, Jaylin Delby, Victoria Deweese, Isabelle Divers, Abigail Estrada, Jordan Gearhart, Makayla Grubb, Eva Harner, Emily Harrell, Noah Hartson, Wilkin Hatfield, Kailey Henderson, Destinee Holland, Jerry Huang, Ellyson Hurd, Noah Kargman, Kyler Kleinhenz, Eli Klepper, Andrew Kroese, Robbie Kyle, Jacob Mardian, Catherine McCown, Matthew Miles, Alaina Miller, Zachary Moore, Danielle Moser, Anne Notebaert, Megan Painter, Franchesca Pernot, Kylie Ralston, Jordan Read, Katherine Richards, David Richardson, Benjamin Robinson, John Rusinak, Javon Saunders, Seth Schindler, Dylan Smith, Andrew Sorial, Elijah Spencer, Matthew St.Clair, Annie Stevens, Chyenne Sweeney, Mackenzie Sylvester, Conner Thompson, Steven Tingler, Caleb Tinsley, Charlie Urgo, Sarah Varney, Julie Wang, Grace Willis, Taylor Wood and Hannah Young
Third year: Merima Adanalic, Amber Arthur, Sophie Currier, Jayden Glass, Mason James, Colin Jones, Savanna Lear, Maia Lemore, Conner McKinney, Nathan Patrick, Ariana Pineda, Wilson Shi-Wang, Eden Walls and Lynden Whicker
-The Salem Times-Register