Valley Proteins Fellowship

Southwest Virginia Community College Business Management Program Student Receives Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

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Todd Hill, 2016 Valley Proteins Fellow

Southwest Virginia Community College is pleased to announce that Todd Hill has been selected as part of the sixth class of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education.

Hill is a sophomore business management student at SWCC. He is the president of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa and is co-president of the United Way Club.

In addition, he is also involved with the Student Government Association. Hill created a literacy program through the United Way to go into different businesses and community functions to promote literacy for the region’s children. He is married to Kayla Hill and has a two-year old son. His future career goal is to become a corporate lawyer. He would like to transfer to Emory and Henry College to complete a Bachelor’s degree in pre-law and from there to the University of Virginia Law School.

Out of the more than 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only nine are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The approximate value of the scholarship, accompanied with professional development, travel, and cultural opportunities, is $10,000.

The core mission of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program is to help promising, second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges pursue their academic goals and strengthen their leadership skills. In addition to receiving full tuition, book expenses and fees, the Fellows participate in a unique curriculum of intellectual and cultural activities. The Fellows also volunteer 80 hours of community service during the academic year to hone their leadership abilities and develop a strong foundation for future success.

The fellows program is made possible through the generous support of Valley Proteins, Inc. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 60 years and currently operates plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The management of Valley Proteins is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship, excellent customer service, technological innovation and support for the community college mission.

“My brother and I are pleased to support the Valley Proteins Fellows program because it provides us with the opportunity to develop a more educated and competitive Virginia,” said Gerald F. Smith, Jr., president of Valley Proteins, Inc.

“The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is dedicated to expanding opportunities by leveraging partnerships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “This program is a great example of the synergy that comes from joining together employers that are vested in the quality of tomorrow’s Virginia workforce and the community colleges that elevate it every day.”

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Created more than 40 years ago, the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 400,000 students a year. For more information, please visit

About the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education:  Working hand in hand with Virginia’s 23 community colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education seeks to guarantee financial assistance to all students who dream of attending college. The foundation is building an endowment that is already generating interest to provide full scholarships to selected community college students. Donors to the fund are invited to endow a single scholarship in their name and designate it to any of Virginia’s Community Colleges or regions. For more information, please visit

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