May 30, 2012
PVCC Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship
Charlottesville, VA - Piedmont Virginia Community College student Nicholas Baldi of Palmyra has been selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program for 2012-2013. The program, which began last year, is administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.
Baldi is enrolled in the associate in science degree in engineering at PVCC. An honor student, he plans to earn a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and continue with graduate research in the field of alternative energies. He is a member of the Student Government Association and the Volunteer Club and is a chemistry tutor. He also volunteers at the Haven in Charlottesville.
Of the 400,000 people Virginia's Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only 10 are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The fellowship's estimated value is $15,000.
The Valley Proteins Fellows Program was designed for high-achieving second-year students at Virginia's Community Colleges. In addition to receiving full coverage of tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project. The Valley Proteins Fellows represent the best and most motivated scholars who demonstrate both academic and leadership potential along with a burning desire to excel.
The fellows program is made possible through the generous donation of Valley Proteins, Inc. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 50 years and currently operates 12 plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The management of Valley Proteins is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship, excellent customer service, technological innovation and support for the community college mission.
"Valley Proteins is privileged to invest in the future of some of Virginia's most outstanding students," said Michael A. Smith, vice president of Valley Proteins, Inc. "These young people are tomorrow's leaders and we are confident that the returns for our investment in them will be substantial."
"This isn't an easy scholarship to earn," said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges. "Those who are selected are talented, motivated and dedicated to succeed. They're the kind of students who give you confidence in the future of our commonwealth and country."