Community Foundation awards $21K in scholarships to local students

Pictured from left, Michaela Greenlee, Alex Young, Omotara Ogundeyi, Meredith Scarboro, Zohayr Naveed, Kayla Ballve and Danning Bisaga.

Seven local students are the recipients of scholarship funds from The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

The foundation announced that it has awarded $21,200 from its five scholarship funds to students pursuing higher education and vocational training.

Each year, the Community Foundation offers scholarship opportunities from its various scholarships that have been established by local donors. Each scholarship fund supports a unique area of focus related to education or vocational training, as designated by the donor, foundation officials say.

“Our donors make these scholarship opportunities possible for students pursuing higher education and new career opportunities,” Amy Owen, president and CEO of the Community Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “In many cases, our scholarship funds are a way for a donor or their loved ones to leave a legacy behind that will have a tremendous impact on the future of the recipients for years to come.”

The following students were awarded scholarships in 2020:

Michaela Greenlee, graduate of Potomac Falls High School, will attend New York University to pursue a future degree pediatric medicine. Greenlee was awarded $2,500 from the Gavin Rupp “I Promise 15” Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of Gavin Rupp to support students pursuing a career in the health sciences field with an interest in pediatric oncology.

Alex Young, graduate of Loudoun County High School, will attend Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville, Florida, to become a professional welder. Young was awarded $1,200 from the Blair and Mike Pirrello Vocational Scholarship Fund, which was established to support individuals pursuing trade careers through vocational training.

Omotara Ogundeyi, a volunteer with the Loudoun Free Clinic, holds an undergraduate degree in microbiology from Virginia Tech and master’s degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University, and will now will pursue a physician’s degree in osteopathic medicine at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Ogundeyi was awarded $1,000 from the Mary B. Tett Health Professionals Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of Mary B. Tett to support education and training of staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations providing health care services in Loudoun.

Meredith Scarboro, graduate of Rock Ridge High School, will attend James Madison University in Harrisonburg to pursue a degree in music education. Scarboro was awarded $1,500 from the Debbie Settle Scholarship Foundation, which was established in honor of Debbie Settle to support graduates of Loudoun County Public Schools pursuing a career in music education.

Zohayr Naveed, graduate of Loudoun County High School, will attend University of Virginia in Charlottesville to study biochemistry and linguistics. Naveed was awarded $5,000 for his freshman year from the Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund, which was established in honor of Henry Stowers to support graduates of Loudoun County High School pursuing higher education.

Kayla Ballve, graduate of Loudoun County High School, will attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg to major in communication studies and sociology. Ballve was awarded $5,000 for her sophomore year from the Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund.

Danning Bisaga, graduate of Loudoun County High School, will attend University of Virginia in Charlottesville to majoring in psychology and cognitive science. Bisaga was awarded $5,000 for her sophomore year from the Loudoun County High School Scholarship Fund.

The Community Foundation publishes its available scholarship opportunities and application each year in early spring. More information can be found at communityfoundationlf.org/students.

— Karen Graham

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