New Fall Adult Scholars

Amanda Downing is enrolled at the University of Virginia pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary studies. She has been employed as a Circulation Clerk at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in downtown Charlottesville since 2005. Amanda desires to move ahead in her career by studying social work. She would be the first person in her family to pursue her education beyond high school. Amanda has earned a 3.5 GPA while studying at U.Va.


Paul Fry graduated from Charlottesville High School on 2013, attended PVCC for a year and a half, and then transferred to Radford University to major in Nutrition and Dietetics. He worked at Duck Donuts and is currently a work-study student in the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Radford.

Crystal Johnson is a student in the Adult Degree Program at Mary Baldwin College majoring in History and Education. She received her GED in 1999 through Charlottesville High School and then attended classes at PVCC.  Crystal successfully reentered the college world in 2012. Crystal is married and the mother of 6 children.




Dil Magar graduated from Charlottesville High School in 2015. He is attending Piedmont Virginia Community College majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Dil is a refugee from Nepal and Bhutan. He was an active youth leader in Nepal and adopted a similar role when he started his new life in the United States. Dil coaches soccer and is a member of the International Club and the Engineering Club.


Roger Richardson is a senior at Averett University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Prior to enrolling at Averett, Roger attended Radford University and the Community College of the Air Force-Alabama. He also earned an Associate’s Degree from PVCC. He has been a member of the Air Force Reserves for fifteen years. Roger is employed by Janus at the Support Desk. He has also worked as a Corrections Officer for VADOC and in IT for CACI. He is married and the father of 6 children.



New Spring Scholarship Recipients

Gaetan Banawoe was born in Ghana and came to Charlottesville to live with his father, a Togolese refugee, in 2006. Gaetan achieved academic success throughout his four years of high school, participating in a rigorous course of study. He works part-time as a gardener and volunteered as a member of the Urban Agriculture Collective. He will participate in the Presidential Leadership Program at Christopher Newport University and plans to major in Neuroscience then attend Optometry School. A reference wrote of Gaetan, “he is truly a citizen of the world… who has the potential to benefit us all.”



Grace Bostic will be attending Guilford College in North Carolina on a Presidential Scholarship. Grace has aspirations for the future in the fields of environmental education and medicine. One of Grace’s references says, “she manages many facets of life and does so very well and without complaint.” Grace has excelled in advanced placement and honors classes throughout high school and will graduate with a 3.9 GPA.




Christen Edwards is a sophomore at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, NC, majoring in Psychology. She graduated from CHS in 2013 intentionally choosing to attend an out-of-state-school to challenge herself and expose herself to a different community. Christen has been successful at NCA&T by achieving a 3.7 GPA and by being inducted into two academic honor societies and volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. After graduation in 2017, Christen intends to pursue graduate studies in psychology with an emphasis on studying the social development of children.


Tateionus Jasper will graduate high school as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She aspires to a career in fashion and entrepreneurship. She also has an interest in forensic psychology. Tateionus lives with her grandmother and has shown great perseverance in her life already, keeping up in school while working twenty-five hours a week. Tateionus will be attending Richard Bland College of William and Mary. In high school she also participated in AVID, Cheerleading, TheatreCHS, Young Life, Youth Choir and Teen Scene Ministries.



Joanna Kammauff lives with her parents and five siblings. She played on the CHS Field Hockey and Softball Teams, performed in the Marching Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble and chose honors, advanced placement, dual enrollment and distance learning classes throughout her four years of high school. Joanna plans to attend PVCC and transfer to the University of Virginia. She hopes to major in Animation Technology and become a video game designer or animator.



Wade Kammauff graduated from CHS in 2014 and is currently attending PVCC taking courses toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with plans to transfer to the University of Virginia. Wade participated in high school sports, Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble. One of his references writes, “I want his letter to stand out to you. This young man is not an ordinary “good kid.” He is stellar. In my view he is exactly the kind of young person for whom the Charlottesville Scholarship Program was developed.”



Alan Mendoza is particularly interested in Computer Engineering and plans to attend PVCC then transfer to Virginia Tech. Because of limited opportunities in Mexico, Alan and his family emigrated to the United States. Alan has undertaken a rigorous academic program by enrolling in honors, advanced placement and dual enrollment courses. In addition to his studies, Alan participated in AVID, Computer 4 Kids, JV Soccer and other organizations. A reference writes, “I highly recommend Alan Mendoza for your scholarship. He is truly an awesome young man of great work ethic and character.”


Syndethia Rush has set her sights on studying psychology at VCU in order to pursue her dream of helping others through the profession of marriage and family therapy. Syndethia has done well in high school, raising her grades during her junior and senior years while taking honors and advanced placement classes. One of her references says, “her intelligence, coupled with her mindset presents a young lady that I am certain will not only see commitments through to completion but with great quality.” Syndethia has exhibited this throughout her high school career as she has navigated life circumstances and remained at the top of her class.


Liliana Sosa came to the United States from El Salvador. Since working at a local country club, she has found her calling and wants to pursue a career in the business and hospitality industry with hopes to open her own restaurant someday. Academically, Liliana took honors and AP classes and has played in the Charlottesville High School orchestra for four years. The orchestra director writes, “Lili is a perceptive, enthusiastic, good-hearted and hard-working student.” She will attend PVCC in the Fall.



Alexis Taylor is already on her way toward her goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. When she graduates from Charlottesville High School in May she will be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Her instructor at CATEC writes, “Alexis is a bright girl and an excellent student. She is focused and dependable. She is polite and compassionate. These are all excellent qualities for a health care provider.” Alexis has been highly successful at CHS, participating in honors, AP and dual enrollment classes. Alexis is also an Emily Couric Scholar and Virginia Girls State Delegate. She will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fall.


Taya Williams is planning to follow her interest in criminal justice and forensic science. She writes, “I will be the first in my family to go to college and this makes me and my family proud.” Taya has worked multiple jobs while in high school and enrolled in challenging honors classes. A teacher reference writes, “Taya is intellectually curious and a hard worker. She always challenges herself to do her best.” She will attend Radford University.



Renewing Promise Scholars

Duaa Abdulhussain – Piedmont Virginia Community College

Ryan Averill – The College of William and Mary

Cynthia Bowles – Old Dominion University

Quamia Dennis – Piedmont Virginia Community College

Quandra Dennis – Old Dominion University

Brierra Dibble – Piedmont Virginia Community College

Ashton Ferneyhough – Mary Washington University

Cliché Hughes – Virginia Commonwealth University

Janie Johnson – Old Dominion University

Jeremiah Jordan – University of Virginia at Wise

Rickquan Jones – George Mason University

Patience Kilel – Old Dominion University

Viviana Lopez – Virginia Commonwealth University

Raja-Nique Maupin – George Mason University

Margaret McNair – Flagler College

Jacqueline Morris – Piedmont Virginia Community College

Josiane Nyirashombo – Eastern Mennonite University

Jamar Pierre-Louis – Old Dominion University

Pema Tamang – Piedmont Virginia Community College

Philip Wilson – Piedmont Virginia Community College

Wazhma Yousafi – Mary Washington University


Promise Scholars Graduating this Year

Shaniece Bradford – Virginia State University

Champrea Frye – Virginia Commonwealth University

Nicole Pace – Mary Baldwin College

Aynsley Sandridge – Lesley University

Richard Washington – Old Dominion University

Valerie Washington – Christopher Newport University