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​​​​​​​VACU Awards $75,000 in Scholarships to 30 Student Members

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Virginia Credit Union has awarded $75,000 in college scholarships to 30 student members through the annual Virginia Credit Union Scholarship Program.

The program has provided nearly $1.3 million in scholarship support to student members of the credit union since it was established in 1991.

Students selected for the $2,500 scholarships were recognized for scholastic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, an essay, and work to help cover the cost of their education. This year’s winners include 18 rising college freshmen and 12 college sophomores, juniors or seniors. The winners are:

Rising College Freshmen

  • Somari Betton of Midlothian, a graduate of Midlothian High School, planning to attend Virginia Tech.
  • Jontae Burton of Henrico, a graduate of Henrico High School, planning to attend the University of Virginia.
  • Jonathan Daly of Manakin-Sabot, VA, a graduate of Goochland High School, planning to attend VCU.
  • Emily Durrett of Hanover, a graduate of Hanover High School, planning to attend James Madison University.
  • Emily Frame of Midlothian, VA, a graduate of Maggie Walker Governor’s School, planning to attend the University of South Carolina.
  • Samantha Game of Henrico, a graduate of Hermitage High School, planning to attend James Madison University.
  • Marcellus Heflin of Chesterfield, a graduate of Meadowbrook High School, planning to attend Old Dominion University.
  • Audra Murphy of Prospect, VA, a graduate of Fuqua School, planning to attend East Carolina University.
  • Ashley O’Neill of Manhasset, NY, a graduate of Schreiber High School, planning to attend the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Makaila Pryor of Crozier, VA, a graduate of Goochland High School, planning to attend James Madison University.
  • Rutu Ravishankar of Glen Allen, a graduate of Henrico High School, planning to attend Virginia Tech.
  • Jordan Rozell of Hanover, VA, a graduate of Hanover High School, planning to attend Radford University.
  • Caleb Stanger of Chester, VA, a graduate of Thomas Dale High School, planning to attend VCU.
  • Christian Smith of North Chesterfield, a graduate of Monacan High School, planning to attend Virginia Tech.
  • Hannah Squires of Powhatan, a graduate of Powhatan High School, planning to attend Virginia Tech.
  • Camryn Stotesberry of Hopewell, VA, a graduate of Hopewell High School, planning to attend VCU.
  • Autumn Thompson of Powhatan, VA, a graduate of Powhatan High School, planning to attend John Tyler Community College.
  • Joylyn Warriner of Chesterfield, a graduate of Cosby High School, planning to attend Liberty University.

College Students

  • Lauren Butler of Ashland, VA, a junior at Old Dominion University.
  • Elizabeth Davies of Fredericksburg, a junior at the College of William and Mary.
  • Laurel Gofton of Henrico, VA, a senior at James Madison University.
  • Ian Hansing of Reston, VA, a sophomore at the University of Virginia.
  • Elizabeth Harden of Glen Allen, VA, a senior at Old Dominion University.
  • Ebonie Johnson of Richmond, a senior at Virginia Wesleyan University.
  • Andrew Kolar of Fredericksburg, a junior at Wagner College in New York, NY.
  • Savannah Lumpkin of Glen Allen, VA, a junior at Virginia Tech.
  • Tanya Pettus Martin of Henrico, a sophomore at Reynolds Community College.
  • Isabella Seip of Mechanicsville, a junior at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Anagha Sreevals of South Chesterfield, a junior at George Mason University.
  • Morgan Stanley of South Hill, VA, a junior at Old Dominion University.

Virginia Credit Union established the scholarship program to help members working toward their first undergraduate degree. The program honors Dot Hall and Jane Watkins, former presidents of Virginia Credit Union.

To be eligible for the program next year, students must join VACU by December 1. Scholarship applications for 2021 will be available January 1.


A financial cooperative serving more than 300,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA

Media Contact: Glenn Birch | glenn.birch@vacu.org | (804) 560-5664