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The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges’ mission is to advance the distinctive values and strengths of our sixteen independent Virginia member colleges and universities. We do this by securing financial support, increasing visibility, facilitating innovative and collaborative programs, and supporting initiatives which ensure that this personalized educational experience remains an affordable choice for tomorrow’s citizen-leaders.

Student Spotlights
Danny Tran, Washington and Lee University
Danny Tran, Washington and Lee University

When Danny isn’t on the soccer field playing for W&L, he enjoys taking some of the many unique courses the W&L experience has to offer.

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Jennifer Vega, Virginia Wesleyan University
Jennifer Vega, Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan University Batten Fellow, Jennifer Vega, wrote and directed an original script for the VWU Theatre Department’s One-Act Play Festival. Jenni’s pandemic-inspired

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Olivia Diaz, University of Richmond
Olivia Diaz, University of Richmond

Olivia serves as the editor-in-chief for The Collegian, UR’s independent, student-run newspaper.

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Ashani Parker, University of Lynchburg
Ashani Parker, University of Lynchburg

After an internship at the Smithsonian Institute, Ashani Parker, 2020 Sommerville Scholar, Westover Honors Fellow, and secretary of the Native American Student Association, plans

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Abby Cahill, Sweet Briar College
Abby Cahill, Sweet Briar College

Abby is the president of the Sustainability Club, works in the greenhouse as an assistant, and has conducted research for the College’s sustainability plan plus research on sustainable

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Nahom Petros, Shenandoah University
Nahom Petros, Shenandoah University

Nahom is a fourth-year Doctor of Pharmacy & MBA dual degree student at Shenandoah University.

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Max Presley, Randolph-Macon College
Max Presley, Randolph-Macon College

Max collaborated with alumnus, David Stone, Jr. ’82, on a project to create and donate protective face masks for distribution to R-MC faculty, staff, and students at no charge.

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Avery Payne, Randolph College
Avery Payne, Randolph College

Avery is an active Randolph College student, leading the Black Student Alliance and volunteering with the College’s food pantry.

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Autumn Coleman, Roanoke College
Autumn Coleman, Roanoke College

Autumn recently earned a Freeman Award for Study in Asia scholarship to study abroad in Shanghai.

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Kembry McNeil-Thompson, Marymount University
Kembry McNeil-Thompson, Marymount University

Kembry has been a strong advocate for equity and inclusion on campus. She attended the VFIC Women’s Leadership Conference, met with a Virginia delegate to discuss human trafficking

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Tyler Howerton, Hampden-Sydney College
Tyler Howerton, Hampden-Sydney College

A physics major and mathematics minor with a 4.00 GPA, Tyler is a 2019 Goldwater Scholar and a 2020 William V. Campbell Trophy finalist.

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McKenzie Melvin, Bridgewater College
McKenzie Melvin, Bridgewater College

During the spring 2019 semester, McKenzie served as a student delegate for Bridgewater College for the Barzinji Project, a partnership of faculty, staff and students from Bridgewater

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Grace Davis, Hollins University
Grace Davis, Hollins University

"My internship in New York City gave me the opportunity to engage in meaningful work for real time companies, and the feedback and mentoring during this internship provided me

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Randle Green, Mary Baldwin University
Randle Green, Mary Baldwin University

During the 2020 fall semester, Randle was dedicated to keeping MBU student life both fun and safe during the pandemic, working as the head orientation leader and special event

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Grant Myers, Emory & Henry College
Grant Myers, Emory & Henry College

As part of the theatre department, Grant is part of the virtual theatre series launched this semester along with the professionals at Barter Theatre.

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