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VHCC Student Earns Valley Proteins Fellowship

Claire Peterson is First VHCC Recipient

Post Date:08/06/2018 11:00 AM

Claire Peterson, a second-year student at Virginia Highlands Community College, has been selected as part of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows Program.

Claire is a resident of Glade Spring and is currently pursuing an Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree in General Studies at VHCC. She recently was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, and holds a work-study position as a math tutor in the VHCC Tutoring Center. Following her graduation from VHCC in May, she plans to pursue a degree in Environmental Policy at Emory & Henry College.

Of the nearly 250,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth each year, only ten are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. Claire is the first VHCC students to be chosen for this honor.

In addition to financial support, the Valley Proteins Fellows Program provides recipients with mentoring, coaching, networking and leadership opportunities. 

This marks the eighth consecutive year that Winchester-based Valley Proteins, Inc. has funded the Fellows Program, which was designed to help high-achieving second year students complete college.  

“Valley Proteins is privileged to invest in the future of some of Virginia’s most outstanding students,” said Gerald F. (J.J.) Smith, Jr., president of Valley Proteins, Inc. “Helping to remove some of the obstacles that can hinder their success is a priority for us, and it reflects our commitment and support for the community college mission overall.”

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE), which supports all 23 of Virginia’s Community Colleges, oversees the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. Because of its nearly 100 percent completion rate, the VFCCE has established and implemented three similar scholarship programs to support students. 


To learn more about Claire, please read a profile that was recently featured in Humans of VHCC.