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June 3rd, 2021
VFCCE Celebrates Fellows at Spring Finale Event
On May 19th, students and special guests gathered at a virtual event to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2021 VFCCE Fellows. The Fellows program covers tuition and related expenses for its participants while providing opportunities for each student to access a wide variety of educational and cultural activities. Community service is integral to the program, and every Fellow volunteers for 20 hours each semester. This not only establishes critical leadership skills, but also a strong foundation for future success.
As the first completely remote cohort of Fellows, the group completed over 1,400 community service hours throughout the academic year. Their resilience throughout the pandemic demonstrates a strong commitment to academic excellence and community engagement.
“It was an honor to be part of this group,” said one student. “Since being a part of the Fellows program, it has taken the financial stress away. [The program has] allowed me to concentrate on my studies so I may move on to obtain and work for my Bachelor’s Degree. I have also met some pretty amazing people.”
At the finale event, VCCS Chancellor Glenn Dubois recognized the Fellows for the profound impact that they have made on their communities. In addition, the event featured a congratulatory video message from Virginia’s Secretary of Education, Atif Qarni. Keynote speaker Alicia Greer discussed the value of purposeful leadership using the lessons she learned as a U.S. Army captain. As a military veteran and spouse, coach, corporate leader, and mother, Greer offered valuable insight about finding purpose in life and in a fulfilling, intentional career. She spoke about how positively affecting the wellbeing of others is the hallmark of an effective leader, giving students an inspirational example to follow in the future.
The event was a powerful tribute to the unity of this year’s group despite the challenges of the pandemic. “Being able to experience the community that comes with the Fellows program has been truly wonderful,” said another student. “Even just meeting people through Zoom, I have felt the family bond we all share as we work towards our common goals and support each other on our journey to graduation and beyond.”