New Spring Scholarship Recipients
Quaneilia (Shay) Carter is a resident of Charlottesville and a graduate of CHS in 2004. She graduated from PVCC in 2012 and plans to attend Mary Baldwin College in their Adult Degree Program to pursue a degree in American Studies-Elementary Education/Masters of Arts in Education. She plans to teach elementary or middle school. Quaneilia is currently employed at the Sixth Street Mini Mart, a family business, where she has worked since 2006. She primarily attends to the bookkeeping for the store. She also was employed at the Focus Women’s Resource Center in the Teen Sight Program. Quaneilia is a single parent who writes, “I work really hard to support a family, work full or part time but I am always enrolled in school as a full time student.” Quaneilia claims a younger brother as one of her dependents. One of her references stated, “she can focus and keep her eyes on the prize, even when times get tough.”
Christina Feggans is a resident of Charlottesville, graduated from CHS in 2001 and is currently employed by the Charlottesville City Schools/City of Promise as the volunteer coordinator. Following high school graduation, Christina attended Virginia Union University, PVCC and is currently completing studies at the National Business College. She has been employed at CVS as a supervisor, UVA Medical Center as an eligibility specialist and Charlottesville City Schools as a substitute teacher. Christina plans to attend Old Dominion University or Piedmont Virginia Community College to pursue a degree in Human Services. She would like to develop a career as an advocate for children. Christina writes that, “I would like to use my training to be able to represent under privileged children obtain the help and services that are needed.” Christina is a single mother of two children. One of her references stated, “Christina puts her all into her work and I am confident that she would be a great representative of the CSP.”
Zachary Jackson is a resident of Charlottesville, graduated from CHS in 2007 and is currently attending James Madison University where he plans to pursue a degree in Computer Information Systems. Prior to enrolling at James Madison, Zachary attended CATEC receiving a certificate in the Auto Body Program and Nassau Community College where he received an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration, Cum Laude, in 2012. Zachary has been employed by Express Car Wash, Adams and Garth Staffing and as a sales consultant at Best Buy Mobile. Zachary has struggled with injuries to his knee and back. Nevertheless, he writes that he was able to attend classes at Nassau while on crutches. One of his references is an Assistant Professor at Nassau. She stated, “Zachary is a committed student who is highly motivated and goal oriented.” Zachary himself says, “I have high hopes and ambitions to work for a Fortune 500 company, the likes of General Electric or other high skill, large impact company.”
Sarah Sparks is a resident of Esmont, graduated from high school in Kenmore, Washington and received a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in 2005. Sarah is employed by the Charlottesville City Schools as a WALK tutor, an online classroom focused on credit recovery and drop-out prevention. She also works part time at Blenheim Vineyards. Previous employment was as a farm apprentice in Scottsville, a camp counselor for AmeriCorps in Portland, OR and as an after school tutor in the Seattle Public Schools. Sarah’s goal is to be certified as a middle school math teacher for the Charlottesville City Schools. She plans to attend PVCC or Mary Baldwin College to earn her teaching certificate. Sarah is self-supporting. Sarah writes that, “in ten years, I hope to be in the classroom continuing to teach math.” She also hopes to mentor new teachers and collaborate “with science teachers on weaving math into their curriculum.” A colleague at CHS writes, “She is a problem-solver who has a positive attitude and an open-minded approach when dealing with obstacles.”
Angel Turner is a resident of Charlottesville and graduated from CHS in 2005. Since high school graduation, Angel has worked for the Miami Job Corps and for Martha Jefferson Hospital as a housekeeper. Currently she is employed full time as a barista at Starbucks in Charlottesville. Her goal is to attend CATEC to pursue a certificate as a Pharmacy Technician. Angel attended PVCC in 2011. Her current employer notes that, “she has yet to be so much as a few minutes late, which is impressive given her family status and lack of access to transportation. I find Angel to be thoughtful and hardworking and highly motivated to improve her life.” Angel is the parent of a son named Zechariah.
New Fall Scholarship Recipients
Ashton Ferneyhoughwill attend the University of Mary Washington, where she plans to study mathematics education. In high school Ashton worked as a party director for “Snip-its.” She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Sirens, an acapella singing group, while playing softball and volleyball and maintaining honor student status.
Rickquan Jones will attend George Mason University, where he plans to study sports medicine and management. Rickquan was a summer youth counselor at CAYIP. He is a leader in his church and a talented musician and athlete. He was a member of the National Honor Society while playing in the Symphonic Band, Marching Knights and Wind Ensemble. Rickquan participated in varsity track, football and basketball.
Margaret McNair will go to the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is interested in working with nonprofit organizations. She was class president for all four years at CHS and is noted for her leadership skills. A talented soccer player, she was captain of the team in her last year. She believes strongly in giving back to her community and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army and the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia.
Mark Noble will attend Bluefield College, where he will study either sports management or religion. He works at Ben & Jerry’s, is an Eagle Scout and is the president of the Key Club. Mark volunteers at his church and for the University of Virginia’s Cavman’s Crew. He is considered the spirit of his high school, where he has served as mascot and student assistant to the athletic director.
Josiane Nyirashombo will attend Piedmont Virginia Community College, where she wants to study nursing, as she has a passion for helping others. Coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she has faced many challenges to become an honor student, and is determined to complete her education. She works at Farmington Country Club to help support her family. She is described as a student with a dedication to excellence.
Eh Ney Moo will attend Piedmont Virginia Community College. He plans to prepare himself for transfer to a four-year institution. He hopes to go into the ministry and return to his home country, Burma, to help his people by improving education. Presently he works at the Farmington Country Club and is described as a hard worker who has overcome great difficulties in a short period of time to become an honor student.
Travis Martin is heading for Virginia Commonwealth University. He wants to prepare to become an orthodontist. He is described as one of the kindest, most creative and hardworking students at his Charlottesville High School. Travis participated in the AVID program at his school and works at Our Lady of Peace.
Sharon Ross is presently a student at Piedmont Virginia Community College working to become a patient admission coordinator. Her goal is to complete her associate’s degree. She works at JABA as an outreach director. Sharon is described as someone who is committed to her goals and conscientious, with a willingness to work hard.
Valerie Wingate is currently a student at Piedmont Virginia Community College studying information systems technology. She has experience working in the field of technology. She is married, a mother of three and works hard to complete her education. Valerie is described as dedicated and conscientious and one who never gives up.
Wazhma Yousafi plans to attend the University of Mary Washington, where she will study business administration. Coming from Afghanistan, she has overcome many obstacles to complete her education. She worked as a model for Abercrombie & Fitch, is a member of the International Club, Key Club and was executive secretary in student government. Wazhma participates annually in the Diversity Showcase, sharing traditional Afghan dance.
Renewing Promise Scholars
Rebecca Morton – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Aaron Hill – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Corey Blackwell – Norfolk State University
Asia Crawford – Ferrum College
Tara Ingram – Mary Baldwin College
Nicole Pace – Mary Baldwin College
James Dowell – Richard Bland College
Richard Washington – Od Dominion University
Valerie Washington – Christopher Newport University
Christopher Yates – Piedmont Virginia Community College
Promise Scholars Graduating this Year
Rachel Fifer – Wesleyan University
Erica Jackson – Virginia Commonwealth University
Meetra Najrabi – James Madison University