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2018–19 Scholarship Program

The Division of Student Affairs administers a number of scholarships to currently enrolled undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding leadership. These scholarship awards typically range from $1,000 to $4,000. The application deadline for the 2018-19 academic year is Thursday, December 7, 2017. A committee of Virginia Tech alumni will select the recipients of each scholarship.

Henry Dekker Student Leadership Award

The Henry Dekker Student Leadership Award was established to honor Henry J. Dekker ’44 and to acknowledge his outstanding service to the university. This award recognizes a rising sophomore or junior who has demonstrated outstanding leadership service within the Division of Student Affairs. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Rising sophomore or junior
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership service within the Division of Student Affairs
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher

One scholarship will be given to an eligible undergraduate student.


Edward F.D. and Norrine Bailey Spencer Leadership Scholarship

The Edward F.D. and Norrine Bailey Spencer Leadership Scholarship was established to honor Edward F.D. Spencer, vice president emeritus for student affairs, and in memory of his wife Norrine Bailey Spencer, who served as associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions. The recipients of this scholarship will be known as Spencer Scholars. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student in any field of study
  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership potential
  • Preference given for individuals with financial need

Multiple scholarships may be given annually to eligible undergraduate students.


Robert Edward Nance ’50 Memorial Scholarship

The Robert Edward Nance ’50 Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Robert Edward Nance, a graduate of Virginia Tech in the Class of 1950. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Outstanding leadership potential
  • Preference given to current or newly selected members of the German Club

Multiple scholarships may be given annually to eligible undergraduate students.


Benedetti Student Leader Scholarship

Brothers Stephen ‘85 and Mark ‘86 Benedetti created this endowment to provide support to students who wish to pursue leadership activities as part of their experience at Virginia Tech. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student in any field of study
  • Leadership service at Virginia Tech
  • Demonstrated fnancial need

Preference will be given to a student in the Pamplin College of Business or the College of Engineering.


Robert C. and Emily S. Jones Family Scholarship

Mr. Jones ‘83 created this endowment, on behalf of his wife and five children, to set an example of philanthropy and to provide support to students with financial limitations that wish to pursue leadership activities as part of their experience at Virginia Tech. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student in any field of study
  • Leadership service at Virginia Tech
  • Demonstrated financial need

Preference will be given to a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.


Stulb-Heffner Motivation Matters Scholarship

In gratitude for the encouragement received from the VT community during her own personal and academic challenges, Barbara Stulb-Heffner ‘77 established this endowment. It is meant to provide continued incentive for students who may have had dif culty during their first years at the university, but through perseverance and commitment have been able to make steady academic improvement. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Full-time academic status
  • Junior or senior status for the 2017–18 academic year
  • Demonstrate personal challenge(s) while showing academic improvement throughout their time at Virginia Tech (personal statement and letter of recommendation should refect individual experience)

Ellen and Ben Ames Leadership Scholarship

Ben Ames ’48, with his wife Ellen, established this award to recognize an outstanding student leader. While a student here at Virginia Tech, Mr. Ames served as a cadet, vice-president of the German Club, and the student body president. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student in any field of study
  • Demonstrated student leadership experience in a program of the Division of Student Affairs

Kenneth W. and Katherine T. Bible “Dream Big” Scholarship

The Kenneth W. and Katherine T. Bible “Dream Big” Scholarship was established to honor the spirit of service of Bible family members who have attended and served the university, both while students and later as alumni. As the second endowed scholarship established by Bible family members at the university, it challenges its recipients to a lifelong leadership journey to Invent the Future. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student in the College of Engineering
  • Demonstrated student leadership experience in a program of the Division of Student Affairs

Preference will be given to students with demonstrated financial need.


Adam Ward ’11 Memorial Scholarship

The Adam Ward ’11 Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Adam’s legacy at Virginia Tech to help students who, like Adam, are true Hokies and are persistent, active, caring, and willing to reach out and help others. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student in any field of study
  • Demonstrated financial need

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate caring compassion and service to others; residents of the Roanoke Valley; and students in the Department of Communication.


Student Government Association Leader Scholarship

The Student Government Association Leader Scholarship was established to recognize the leadership and contribution a student leader has made to SGA and the student body. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student who is a current member of SGA and who holds a leadership position within the organization and a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

The recipient must maintain a leadership position to remain eligible for any additional awards.


Charles W. Schiffert and Dolores S. Schiffert Scholarship

The Charles W. Schiffert and Dorlores S. Schiffert Scholarship was established to provide scholarship support for a current undergraduate student who plans to pursue a career as a medical physician. The Schifferts moved to Blacksburg in 1968 from Craigsville, Virginia where Dr. Charles Schiffert served as a family practitioner. He was Associate Director of Student Health at Virginia Tech from 1968-1971 and served as Director from 1971 until he retired in 1986. The following guidelines are required for this award:

  • Undergraduate student enrolled in a curriculum that will prepare her/him for a career as a medical physician
  • Demonstrated financial need

Interested candidate must also provide a recommendation from an advisor in Health Professions Advising.

Past Recipients


Henry Dekker Student Leadership Award

  • Elizabeth Lazor (2013)
  • Nicholas Montgomery (2013)
  • Rebecca Oswalt (2014)
  • Evan Fitts (2015)
  • Grey Weissend (2016)
  • Kiray Pandher (2017)

Edward F.D. and Norrine Bailey Spencer Leadership Scholarship

  • Roy Abernathy (2013)
  • Jean-Luc Ford (2014)
  • Maya Chapman (2015)
  • Billy Lin (2016)
  • Erica Nagotko (2016)
  • Madelenine Mitcham (2017)
  • Mack Golos (2017)

Robert Edward Nance ’50 Memorial Scholarship

  • Austin Larrowe (2013)
  • Jacqueline Jennette (2014)
  • Carroll Wontrop (2015)
  • Akeel Channer (2016)
  • Victoria Prevette (2017)
  • Makeda Mesfin (2017)

Benedetti Student Leader Scholarship

  • Larissa Perara (2014)
  • Sapna Singh (2015)
  • Jordan Kuhn (2016)
  • Gwenda Leonard (2017)

Robert C. and Emily S. Jones Family Scholarship

  • Kaitlin Carter (2014)
  • Kristine Mapili (2015)
  • Maddie Mitcham (2016)
  • Ca Thomas Turner (2017)

Stulb-Heffner Motivation Matters Scholarship

  • Kelly Leatherman (2015)
  • Michelle Singh Guillen (2016)
  • Seyi Olusina (2017)

Ellen and Ben Ames Leadership Scholarship

  • C. Andrew Mitchell (2015)
  • Seyi Olusina (2016)
  • Nala Chehade (2017)

Kenneth W. and Katherine T. Bible “Dream Big” Scholarship

  • Stella Thai (2016)
  • Connor O’Brien (2017)

Adam Ward ’11 Memorial Scholarship

  • Nicole Derosier (2017)
  • Jenna Myer (2017)

Scholarship to Benefit Future SGA Presidents

  • Alexa Parsley (2016)
  • Rex Willis (2017)

Student Government Association Leadership Scholarship

  • Kareem Yousef (2017)

Charles W. Schiffert and Dolores S. Schiffert Scholarship

  • Allison Burns (2017)
  • Cameron Myers (2017)

Aspire! Ut Prosim Scholarship

  • Larissa Perara (2015)
  • Meghan McLoughlin (2016)
  • Lamont Livingston (2017)