More than 600 students are attending the college this fall thanks to public/private funding partnership
ROANOKE – More than 600 students are attending Virginia Western Community College tuition-free this fall, thanks to the private-public community partnership that funds the Community College Access Program (CCAP).
Since 2008, public localities and private donors have united in support of CCAP, which is the largest “free college” program at a Virginia community college. CCAP provides up to two years of tuition for recent high school graduates who meet program requirements, as funding allows. More than 4,200 Roanoke Valley students have participated in the program as of fall 2023.
“We are so excited to celebrate CCAP’s 15th anniversary this fall. What began with a ‘What if?’ has truly grown into a communitywide commitment to making college possible,” said Deborah L. Petrine, chair of the Virginia Western Community College Educational Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with Virginia Western Community College that administers the program.
Roanoke region high school seniors may apply for the fall 2024 CCAP scholarship now through Feb. 1, 2024, at virginiawestern.edu/ccap. Applicants must also apply to Virginia Western and complete the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) by the same date.
Those interested in learning more about CCAP are invited to attend upcoming in-person and Zoom information sessions. Drop-in sessions are scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, 2023, and Jan. 17, 2024, at the Roanoke EnVision Center, 2607 Salem Turnpike N.W., Roanoke VA 24017. No advance registration is required for the drop-in sessions.
To see a schedule of Zoom information sessions, which require advance registration, visit virginiawestern.edu/CCAP.
To stay up-to-date on important CCAP application deadlines, financial aid workshops and more, sign up for text alerts by texting “CCAP2024” to 877-235-2279. (Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help; message and data rates apply.)
Craig County CCAP Scholarship recipients:
1st year: Savannah Cady, Ashton Early, Eliza Muncey, Hannah Ratliff and Skyler Rodrigues
2nd year: Tanner Davis and Kaitlyn Radford
3rd year: Autumn Hutchison
-The New Castle Record