Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation awards 27 scholarships

greater augusta regional chamber of commerceThe Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce recently recognized outstanding high school senior students from public and private schools in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County at its annual Academic Achievers Reception held at the Robert Plecker Workforce Center on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

Twenty-seven of these students applied and were awarded scholarships.  It was the largest number handed out in the sixteen year history of the program!

New to the program and with the support of local manufacturers, the Chamber awarded scholarships to students who were planning to enroll in a career and technical education (CTE) or trade skill preparatory programs at accredited institutions. They could also be used to purchase required personal tools/equipment necessary to perform a skill set profession.

“Our Chamber recognizes the increased demand for industry specific job skills and encourages opportunities for students to pursue standard certification trades.”  said Linda Hershey, president and CEO of the Chamber.

More than 160 parents/guardians, teachers, career coaches, counselors, superintendents, legislative officials and the Chamber Education Selection Committee attended the reception.


Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce
Academic Achievers Program Winners 2016

Student                                                School                                                                  Sponsor

Corey Davis                             Riverheads High School                        Delegate Dickie Bell

Hayley Stewart                         Buffalo Gap High School                      Don & Juliana Benner

Taylor Bauer                            Wilson Memorial High School              Berry Plastics

Tanner Dellett-Wion                 Waynesboro High School                     Berry Plastics

Ashlynn Crawford                    Buffalo Gap High School                      Berry Plastics

Leon Johnson                           Robert E. Lee High School                    Berry Plastics

Hannah Call                             Stuart Hall School                                Daikin Applied

Mahek Mehta                           Robert E. Lee High School                    Daikin Applied

Anna Foley                              Fort Defiance High School                    Daikin Applied

Morgan Lyle                            Buffalo Gap High School                      Daikin Applied

Antwon White-Giddens            VSDB                                                  Daikin Applied

Colin Jones                              Ridgeview Christian                             Hershey Chocolate

Paetyn Beverly                         Stuarts Draft High School                     Hershey Chocolate

Rachel Pitchford                       Stuart Hall School                                Hershey Chocolate

Ashley Ball                              Wilson Memorial High School              Hershey Chocolate

Haden Bragg                            Fort Defiance High School                    Hershey Chocolate

Corbin Reed                             Stuarts Draft  High School                    Hollister, Inc.

LourdesBenitez                        VSDB                                                  McKee Foods

Anum Adrees                           Waynesboro High School                     McKee Foods

Marvin Whitfield, Jr.                VSDB                                                  McKee Foods

Norah Hunt                              Stuarts Draft High School                     Nexus Services, Inc.

Benjamin Lahn                         Waynesboro High School                     Nexus Services, Inc.

Andrew Lafferty                       Ridgeview Christian School                  Nexus Services, Inc.

Kaitlyn Bahrs                           Riverheads High School                        Nexus Services, Inc.

Kristopher Cleveland                Fort Defiance High School                    Nexus Services, Inc.

Aaron Shull                              Riverheads High School                        NIBCO

Jordan Plogger                         Robert E. Lee High School                    Rexnord Industries



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