SOAR Virginia Scholars will soon take flight

Published 3:02 pm Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Fifty-two seniors from area high schools are on track to complete the SOAR Virginia Scholarship Program, giving them $2,000 in scholarship funds to pursue their education. The program is aimed at inspiring and assisting high school students in reaching their educational goals.

According to Camp Community College High School Career Coach Susan Stubenrauch, the college partners with Virginia529 to provide this opportunity to students in four schools in our service area.

“Students have to meet a number of requirements over a period of time to be eligible to receive the scholarships,” she said.

Among the requirements, the students attend financial literacy training, maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, complete community service activities and meet regularly with the early commitment advisor. Students in grades 10 through 12 who are attending a participating Virginia high school can enroll, as long as they meet other criteria as well.

“The program provides advising in preparation for post-secondary education, as well as assistance with applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and completing college applications,” said Chariety Brown, also a Camp high school career coach.

The following students have completed the SOAR Virginia Program and plan to attend the college or institution listed. Those with no listing are either undecided or the information was not available at the time of publication:

Franklin High School

Jamal Barger

Myroen Barrett – Old Dominion University

Tashera Barrett –Virginia Commonwealth University

Tyvon Carr – Bluefield College

Karina Espino – George Mason University

Jamantha Holley – Camp Community College

Kainyya Hunter – Camp Community College

Jah’Naya Jones

Jaquil Ricks

Taliha Sweat – Old Dominion University

KamonWalton – Old Dominion University

Carneisha Whitehead – George Mason University

Ny’Asia Whitehead – Old Dominion University

Makiyah Wiggins – Army National Guard

Southampton High School

Ashana Artis – Camp Community College

Seth Byrum

Armon Cheeseboro –Tidewater Community College

Shaquil Jarrett – Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Alaska Jones – Virginia Commonwealth University

Jalayia Joyner – Air Force

Mactayla Joyner – Longwood University

Wayne Joyner

Errika Lane – North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Tanasia Nicholson – Radford University

Diamond Ricks – Army

Syeira Stephens – Howard University

Windsor High School

Sewani Allen – Old Dominion University

Jeremy Bair – Camp Community College

Kaleigh Brisson –Tidewater Community College

Katie Hill – Virginia Commonwealth University

Samantha Hollis – Virginia Commonwealth University

Tayah Lewis – Norfolk State University

Mawgana Lovett – a community college for marine biology

Erubey Mendiola – Virginia Tech

Michaela Ryan – Tidewater Community College

Jocelyn Valadez-Sanchez – Virginia Tech

Angelina Zollars – an apprentice program for mortuary science

Smithfield High School

Azalyia Carter – Virginia Commonwealth University

Corey Ellerbrock – Old Dominion University

Janita Goodwin – Norfolk State University

Yalaina Greene – Camp Community College

Jakayla Holloway-Seaborn – Norfolk State University

Darren Jefferies Jr. – Liberty University

In’Kayah King – Clark Atlanta University

Deshon Marshall-Young – Old Dominion University

Carly Mott – Longwood University

Alyson Owens – Culinary Institute of Virginia Beach

Zhamia Shivers – Camp Community College

Bacari Thompson – Camp Community College

Garrett Welch – University of Mary Washington

Bonnie Yang – Virginia Tech

Maggie Yang – Virginia Tech

For more information about the SOAR Virginia Program, visit

WENDY HARRISON is the public relations specialist for Camp Community College. Contact her at