LifeSpire of Virginia, VBH Foundation Award $20,000 in College Scholarships

LifeSpire of Virginia and the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation (VBHF) are pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship recipients. A total of $20,000 was awarded to 22 deserving individuals. The scholarships are funded by the LifeSpire of Virginia Employee Education Fund.

The fund provides financial assistance for deserving team members to obtain higher education, as well as updated training and specialized skillsets. 

Support is awarded with grants in two categories:

  • Tuition Reimbursement toward a degree, continuing education or certification that is not covered by the community budget
  • College Scholarships for college-age team members, team member’s children and grandchildren

“The LifeSpire of Virginia mantra, ‘Faith.  Wellness. Community.’ represents an unwavering commitment to residents’ wellbeing and health; contentment and engagement; independence and safety.  The same values include LifeSpire of Virginia’s team members and are supported in part by the LifeSpire of Virginia Employee Education Fund. We are honored to help our staff and families in fulfilling their higher educational dreams. We wish everyone good luck in their future—especially our high school seniors who are leaving LifeSpire of Virginia and heading off to their first year of college.”

VBHF Vice President Jodi Leonard

2020 Scholarship Recipients

The Culpeper

  • Tykia Cottoms, dining
  • Shannon Cottrell, nursing
  • Armani Hoffman, dining
  • Capone Hoffman, dining
  • Lauren Jamison, dining
  • Kaitlyn Shifflett, daughter of Rada Nicody, dining
  • Anna Camille Stein, dining
  • Cheyanne Washington, dining

The Glebe

  • Cynthia Duarte, daughter of Dilma Duarte (housekeeping) & Robert Duarte (dining)
  • Tessa Goad, daughter of Angie Goad, marketing
  • Cody Hatter, grandson of Joyce Horton, dining
  • Coby Kingery, dining
  • Kendrick Messerich, dining
  • Brauxton Munshi, security
  • Lauren Rakes, dining
  • Samantha Reid, nursing


  • Shakiera Branch, granddaughter of Jimmy Edmonds (housekeeping) & Mary Edmonds (health care)
  • Jessica Cookmeyer, marketing
  • Desiree Johnson, dining
  • Mujinga Kapanga, health care
  • Mary McLaughlin, daughter of Steve McLaughlin, maintenance
  • Karishma Vahora, daughter of Hamidaben Vahora, housekeeping