~ high school seniors attain scholarships for college ~

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 (FAFSA) 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:

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 — United States Air Force
  • Mactayla Joyner — Longwood University
  • Wayne Joyner
  • Errika Lane — North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
  • Tanasia Nicholson — Radford University
  • Diamond Ricks — U.S. Army
  • Syeira Stephens — Howard University

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

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

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

For more information about the SOAR Virginia Program, visit