Families of employees receive scholarships funded by employee donations

Virginia Tech employee Chad Graham shared a photo of his Hokie family at the scholarship reception last fall.
Virginia Tech employee Chad Graham shared a photo of his Hokie family at the scholarship reception last fall.

From: Division of Human Resources

Thanks to the generosity of employees and donors, in 2019, Virginia Tech’s Employees’ Spouse and Dependent Scholarship, awarded annually to family members of university employees, was able to contribute to 12 students’ education.

Victoria Dickert, a first-year student majoring in architecture, was one of the 12 scholarship recipients. She says the scholarship helped make college less of a financial burden on her and her family and has allowed her to enjoy her time at Virginia Tech.

“This scholarship is extremely important to so many students and has helped me personally,” says Dickert. “Financially, it made Virginia Tech a more possible option for me.”

The benefits of the scholarship do not stop with the financial aspects. Three years ago, Kayla Parrish, a current senior at Virginia Tech, received the scholarship. She says, her scholarship experience opened doors for networking within the university.

“This scholarship not only offers students a chance to help pay for their education, but it also gives students an opportunity to network with their peers and other faculty,” says Parrish. “I really enjoyed getting to meet other recipients of the scholarship and the opportunity to meet faculty and staff at the scholarship reception.”

During fall semester, an annual scholarship reception is held to recognize the awarded students, their families and the donors. The reception provides an opportunity for the students to meet the scholarship committee and other recipients, as well as to meet and thank the donors.  

Tamarah Smith, president of the Staff Senate, has been an annual donor to the scholarship fund since it was first established in 2000. She says everyone should attend the reception to see the impact a donation to the fund can have.

“After meeting the recipients and their families at the reception,” says Smith, “it’s nice seeing familiar faces around campus.”

Cameron Brown, a spouse and first-year computer science student, echoed Smith’s sentiment about the importance of donating to the fund and attending the reception by calling upon Virginia Tech’s motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

Brown says, “Even if you don’t have a student coming to Virginia Tech, this scholarship is a way for you to give back to the school, to your peers, and to encourage Hokies to help more Hokies.”

Since 2000, over 225 incoming students have received this scholarship. Every year the amount and number of recipients differs; this is determined based on the available funds. Donations to the scholarship fund come mainly from Virginia Tech employees, but anyone is welcome to donate.

If you are interested in donating, consider donating to the Virginia Tech Employees’ Spouse and Dependent Scholarship Annual Fund this Giving Day. Giving Day is an annual one-day fundraising event for alumni, students, faculty, staff, families, and friends of Virginia Tech to come together and make an impact on the future of Virginia Tech. Giving Day will take place from noon on March 18 through noon on March 19.

Other ways to support the Virginia Tech Employees' Spouse and Dependent Scholarship Annual Fund, with a tax-deductible gift, include:

  • Make your gift by payroll deduction by filling out this form and sending it back through campus mail to (0336) Attn: Gift Accounting.
  • If you prefer to give monthly or one-time by credit card, use this secure online giving form.
  • To give by phone or to find out other ways to support the Virginia Tech Employees' Spouse and Dependent Scholarship Annual Fund, call 540-231-2828.

Written by Genna Porth and Ariadne Manikas.