LifeSpire of Virginia, VBH Foundation Award $22,000 in College Scholarships

LifeSpire of Virginia and the Virginia Baptist Homes (VBH) Foundation are pleased to announce the 2021 scholarship recipients. A total of $22,000 was awarded to 22 deserving individuals. The scholarships are funded by the 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

“LifeSpire of Virginia is committed to residents’ wellbeing and health; contentment and engagement; independence and safety. To fulfill that promise, we depend on the talent and dedication of our team members,” said VBH Foundation Vice President Jodi Leonard. “These scholarships and tuition reimbursements are designed to keep our team members engaged and growing in their profession. Ultimately, the impact extends to our residents because knowledgeable, content team members deliver the ultimate in care, service and hospitality.”

2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Chesapeake
  • Michael Delva Felix, Security
  • Ullanda Walker, Nursing
  • Jack Yatsko, son of Donna Yatsko, Social Worker
The Culpeper
  • Jordan Hicks, son of Debbie Seaman, Culinary Services
  • Wyatt Hicks, son of Debbie Seaman, Culinary Services
  • Armani Hoffman, Culinary Services
  • Capone Hoffman, Culinary Services
  • Kaitlyn Shifflett, granddaughter of Rada Nicody, Culinary Services
  • Prakash Tamang, Culinary Services
  • Kendall Trout, daughter of Kelly Trout, Programming
The Glebe
  • Brennan Corell, Culinary Services
  • Hazel Haggerty, Culinary Services
  • Christopher Hall, son of Cheryl Hall, Nursing
  • Cody Hatter, grandson of Joyce Horton, Culinary Services
  • Allison Martin, Programming
  • Sophie Rakes, Culinary Services
  • Amina Alic, daughter of Revda Alic, Environmental Services
  • Belmir Alic, son of Revda Alic, Environmental Services
  • Anmanat Boparai, son of Pearl Kaux, Security
  • Emily Carpenter, daughter of Alice Carpenter, Resident Services
  • Jeena Yousef, daughter of Hala Youssef, Environmental Services
  • Karishma Vahora, daughter of Hamidaben Vahora, Environmental Services

The VBH Foundation’s Employee Education Fund provides awards on an annual basis. The fund relies on the generosity of donors for sustainability. The LifeSpire of Virginia team is grateful for the kindness of residents, families and colleagues who give to the Foundation to assist team members financially with scholarships and crisis awards. To learn more about the programs providing support to team members, visit