Students Campaign for Tuition Assistance Grant
Bluefield College students recently visited the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia, to thank lawmakers for their support of the Tuition Assistance Grant and to campaign for an increase in the TAG award.

Students Campaign for Tuition Assistance Grant

By Chris Shoemaker | February 23, 2018 | RSS

Bluefield College students recently visited the state capitol in Richmond, Virginia, to thank lawmakers for their support of the Tuition Assistance Grant and to campaign for an increase in the TAG award.

Established in 1972, the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) is designed to provide vital financial aid to Virginia residents who attend private, accredited, non-profit colleges in Virginia for other than religious training or theological education. The award is currently valued at $3,300 per year, and during their visit to the state capitol BC students met with and spoke to senators and delegates from their hometown districts to not only thank them for their support of VTAG, but to also ask that they increase the grant to $3,400 per year for the next fiscal year.

Among the Bluefield College student delegation: Dagoberto Acevedo, a senior from Fairfax County whose elected representatives include Delegate David Bulova and Senator J. Chapman Peterson; Katie Calfee, a junior from Tazewell County whose elected representatives include Delegate James “Will” Morefield and Senator Brenton Chafin, Jr.; Savannah Carabin, a senior from King George County whose elected representatives include Delegate Margaret Ransone and Senator Richard Stuart; DaMarcus Wimbush, a sophomore from Pittsylvania County whose elected representatives include Delegate Daniel Marshall, III and Senator Frank Ruff, Jr.

Joining the students on the TAG trip was Scott Polhamus, BC’s associate director of traditional admissions and a 2011 Bluefield College graduate originally from Roanoke City and whose elected representatives include Delegate Sam Rasoul and Senator John Edwards.


Pictured (from left to right): sophomore DaMarcus Wimbush; junior Katie Calfee; senior Dagoberto Acevedo; Lynn Yarbrough, the legislative aid to Delegate James “Will” Morefield; Scott Polhamus, BC’s associate director of traditional admissions; and senior Savannah Carabin.

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