Inspired By Excellence & Innovation

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
Brynn Vandegriff, Virginia Wesleyan University
Brynn Vandegriff, Virginia Wesleyan University

Brynn spent the summer of 2021 traveling the city of Virginia Beach to measure heat and its impact on the community.

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Micah Weston Campbell, Virginia Union University
Micah Weston Campbell, Virginia Union University

Micah Weston Campbell’s resilience and tenacity are inspired by the words of New York Times best-selling author John C. Maxwell, leader of a nonprofit organization that has trained

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Anthony Moody, University of Richmond
Anthony Moody, University of Richmond

Anthony founded and runs Redeemed Generation LLC, a clothing company that sells shirts, sweatshirts, and accessories all featuring his original drawings and designs.

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Lauren Pascadlo, University of Lynchburg
Lauren Pascadlo, University of Lynchburg

A varsity tennis player, Lauren is a Westover Honors Fellow and a Connection Leader. She also sits on the Commuter Student Association executive board.

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Zelda Vasquez Ramirez, Sweet Briar College
Zelda Vasquez Ramirez, Sweet Briar College

Zelda is a Presidential Scholar, president of the LatinX club, a Mary K. Benedict Award winner and over this past summer, she was an intern at Glad Manufacturing Company.

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Mohammad Kaker, Shenandoah University
Mohammad Kaker, Shenandoah University

In early 2021, Kaker was awarded the George F. Archambault Scholarship, which is the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists’ (ASCP) highest honor.

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Molly Scheerer, Roanoke College
Molly Scheerer, Roanoke College

This past June, Molly received the U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship award to study at the University College Cork in Ireland or the University

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Grace Bakeman, Randolph-Macon College
Grace Bakeman, Randolph-Macon College

Grace combined her passions for music and STEM with a Shapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) summer research project inspired by the pandemic.

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Tomi-Lauren McGinnis, Randolph College
Tomi-Lauren McGinnis, Randolph College

Tomi, who has retained a 4.0 GPA every semester at Randolph, was part of the 2020-21 CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.

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David Moreno, Marymount University
David Moreno, Marymount University

David excels academically while also serving as Managing Editor of Marymount’s student newspaper, The Banner.

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Parmie Dean, Mary Baldwin University
Parmie Dean, Mary Baldwin University

Originally from Miami, Parmie Dean brings to life many leadership roles across the MBU campus.

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Tyler Sesker, Hollins University
Tyler Sesker, Hollins University

Tyler was one of only six undergraduates nationally chosen for pre-law positions this summer in the Investigative Internship Program at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal

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Kaleb Smith, Hampden-Sydney College
Kaleb Smith, Hampden-Sydney College

In addition to leading the Tiger football team as a senior running back, Kaleb Smith is a dean’s list scholar majoring in mathematical economics.

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Carter Momsen-Hudson, Emory & Henry College
Carter Momsen-Hudson, Emory & Henry College

Carter was part of the Semester-A-Trail program. He hiked the Appalachian Trail while earning college credit and raising money for the nonprofit organization, Comfort Cases.

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Trevor Brooks, Bridgewater College
Trevor Brooks, Bridgewater College

As part of a statewide heat-mapping effort led by VFIC and funded by The Research Experience @ Bridgewater (TREB), Trevor Brooks ’23 spent his summer collecting data on the hottest

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Enuma Anekwe-Desince, Washington and Lee University
Enuma Anekwe-Desince, Washington and Lee University

Enuma has found her niche at Washington and Lee University through her involvement in the Advanced Immersion and Mentoring Program, leadership roles in student organizations, and

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