Past VRA Foundation Scholarship Award Recipients


Michelle N. Omowaite, 2020

"I am so thrilled to be selected as this year’s recipient of the VRA Education Foundation scholarship. I am grateful for the generosity of this foundation in putting the time, effort and resources into fostering the next generation of Rehabilitation Counselors. I am beyond appreciative of the award money, but I am equally humbled by the acknowledgment of being a student worthy of receiving this award. It has been a very long journey to get to where I am today but all the twists and turns have helped me foster a love for helping others, and given me lived experiences that will enrich my practice and make me better equipped to provide the best service possible to my clients. My relationship with the Virginia Rehabilitation Association has just begun and I am looking forward to becoming more connected with my fellow passionate, hard-working members, in order to create health and wellness within my local Richmond community and beyond."

Caitlyn Hewitt, 2020

Caitlyn Hewitt is the 2020-2021 VRA Education Foundation Recipient. Caitlyn attends James Madison University and thanks the VRA Foundation for the scholarship.  

Indya Hansley, 2020

Indya Hansley is one of the 2020 VRA Education Foundation Recipients. Indya attends the University of Maryland Eastern Short and thanks the VRA Foundation for the scholarship. 

Nathan Roberts

"Nathan Roberts is the 2018-2019 VRA Education Foundation Recipient. Nathan attends George Washington University and thanks the VRA Foundation for the scholarship."

Patricia Ann Darr

"I want to thank the VRA Education Foundation for the $650 Scholarship I received. Thank you does not seem like enough to say. This money has paid for my fall semester books and part of last semester’s books! I did not realize the expense of textbooks when I began my Master’s program and this Scholarship has really rescued me! I truly appreciate the VRA and receiving this Scholarship!"

Kari Gray

"I would like to express my thanks to you and the VRA for awarding me with this scholarship. I appreciate the financial support. I am entering my first year of college and the support will help make this transition smoother. Thank you again for the generous support."

Tionne Baker (2016)

"I am writing to express my sincere appreciation to the VRA Education Foundation for selecting me as a recipient of the 2016 VRA Scholarship. I was very excited to learn of my selection for this scholarship and am profoundly grateful of the financial support.

I am currently finishing up the course work for a bachelor's in biology on the pre-med track with expectations of being accepted into medical school ultimately becoming a physician. The scholarship will be of great assistance to me in paying for tuition and books this semester.

Again, thank you for your generosity and support."

Shaquwanda Baker (2014)

"I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the VRA Foundation Board of Directors for making me a recipient of the 2014 VRA Foundation Scholarship. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and am deeply appreciative of your support.

I am currently finishing up the course work for a master's in rehabilitation counseling with hopes of becoming a certified rehabilitation counselor. The scholarship will be of great assistance to me in paying for books this semester.

Again, thank you for your generosity and support. I will continue to work hard and eventually give something back to others, both as a rehabilitation counselor and possibly a scholarship to future students like myself."

Erica Stowe (2014)

"I am honored to be chosen again as a recipient of the VRA scholarship award. As you know, funding for graduate school is not easy to come by and I am grateful for the opportunities that the Virginia Rehabilitation Association Education Faoundation provides. I look forward to giving back to the community in the near future. Please share my gratitude with your fellow board members and officers."

Sarah Branch (2013)

"In 2013, I applied for and received a grant through the VRA Education Foundation to assist with my pursuit of my Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. I’m currently working full-time for DARS as well as attending VCU full-time. Due to tight budgets and limited resources, there were no grants or financial assistance available to assist me in furthering my education other than traditional student loans. When I heard about the VRA Scholarship, I was excited as there are few resources to assist with paying for graduate-level work, especially in the Rehabilitation Counseling field. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to appy for the scholarship, and I feel extremely fortunate and honored to be chosen to receive it. The scholarship from the VRA was able to cover the cost of my books and assist with a large portion of my tuition for the semester, allowing me to focus my attention on assisting people with disabilities and my education rather than my finances. It has been a huge help, and it is a valued resource for all those in the field. I would like to thank both the VRA Foundation and its donors for supporting me and others in continuing our education and assisting in growing this field."

Jermile Batten (2008)

"Thank you very much for assisting me with a successful start to my college learning."

Emily Aitken (2008)

"Please send my thanks to all who granted me the scholarship I really appreciate it! Thank you!"

Justin Alexander Pope (2008)

"I am writing to thank you all so much for your continued support. I really appreciate the consideration that you have given me since I started college and the ongoing support. I will be going back to school this weekend and am looking forward to my third year at UVA. I have had a great summer. I worked at Ft. Monroe as an administrative assistant and got to spend some time with the JAG attorneys which made this an exceptional and unexpected experience. I made many new friends and professional contacts which will only add to my overall educational growth.

Again, I would like to thank all of you. Go UVA, 2010!!!!"

Megan Groff (2008)

"I felt very honored to receive a scholarship from the VA Rehabilitation Association. The stories that I have heard growing up makes me especially appreciative of the work that you do. Thanks once again and you can be certain that I will put it to good use."

Erica Stowe, 2012


Alexa Painter, 2011