Roanoke College. Photo courtesy of Roanoke College.

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Roanoke College joins Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities 

Roanoke College has joined the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote Hispanic student success in higher education. 

Roanoke College students will now have access to the association’s initiatives, experts and resources including internships, scholarships and leadership development programs, according to a news release from the school.

In the past five years, applications from Hispanic students have increased 11.65% at Roanoke College, and first-year Hispanic enrollment at Roanoke has grown 73%, according to the release.

Maria “Janny” Alvarado ’20, assistant director of admissions, is leading the school’s Hispanic recruitment efforts. Alvarado leads webinars and tours in Spanish and recruits Hispanic students from high schools across the nation.

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Danville Community College to host career fair

Danville Community College will host its 2023 Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 in Oliver Hall in the Temple Building on the DCC campus.

The event is free and open to all DCC students and alumni and will feature employers from industries including health care, manufacturing and education. Attendees will have the opportunity to talk to recruiters, learn about career opportunities and potentially even secure a job or internship on the spot.

For more information about the 2023 Career Fair or to register as an industry recruiter, please email

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Virginia ABC opens enrollment for high school peer leadership program

Enrollment is now open for the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority’s Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project, or YADAPP.

The annual program begins with a kick-off conference July 17-21 at Longwood University in Farmville, according to a news release from Virginia ABC. Participation requires the registration of a team of four high school students and one adult sponsor.

During the conference, students attend workshops facilitated by peer leaders, hear from motivational speakers, learn peer leadership and prevention best practices and develop a Strategies To Act Now Plan to address substance use among their peers. Teams compete for $250 mini-grants to use as seed money for their STAN Plan and the $500 Wheeler Award to sustain their continued prevention efforts.

Enrollment is $500 per team through April 30. The price then increases to $600 per team until the June 1 enrollment deadline. The fee includes conference materials, lodging and meals, as well as year-long coaching and support for adult sponsors.

Adult sponsors participate in their own track throughout the opening conference, and they receive resources and training on topics that will help them support their team. Adult sponsors are eligible for continuing education units and professional development hours.

Approximately 450 high schools and community organizations and more than 12,000 students have participated in YADAPP since it was launched in 1984. For more information and to enroll, visit

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New scholarship support PA medicine, athletic training students at University of Lynchburg

A new scholarship established by the Lynchburg Life Saving Crew will support graduate students at University of Lynchburg who are pursuing a degree in PA medicine or athletic training.

Preference will be given to students who are, or have been, EMTs or paramedics, or who have volunteered in emergency services or EMS, according to a news release from the school.

The Lynchburg Life Saving Crew Graduate Scholarship was established with an initial gift of $50,000. It will be available to qualifying students beginning this fall. Recipients may receive the award for multiple consecutive years if they meet the selection criteria, and there may be more than one recipient each year.

For more information about the scholarship, email To apply for the funds, simply apply for admission to the MSAT or PA Medicine programs. Students will be notified of their award by Aug. 1 for the fall semester and Dec. 15 for the spring semester.

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