TNCC Student Awarded $500 VAEOPP Scholarship


Published: April 22, 2009

Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) student Jasmine Cordial was awarded a $500 scholarship from the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP). The organization was founded in 1975 to help students in TRiO, a federally-funded program that provides academic counseling and more for first-generation college students, students with a disability and those who meet low-income requirements.

Cordial, a TRiO student, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the International Club and the Student Virginia Education Association. She also served on the 2009 homecoming committee and traveled to Richmond this year with other TNCC students, faculty and staff to meet Commonwealth legislators. “TNCC has become such a huge part of my life and has helped me with so many opportunities,” Cordial said.

Cordial joined TRiO last spring and shared her experiences in the scholarship essay. As a TRiO student, Cordial receives academic guidance and study tips. She also participated in a personality assessment to assist with career planning. As a peer mentor and work study student, Cordial helps other TRiO students. “I can see the difference it makes in the student’s life both personally and academically, so I really believe in the program,” she said.

In the essay, Cordial expressed a sense of fulfillment that is a direct result of her involvement with TRiO. Because of the staff, she feels empowered to reach outside of the program to help other students. The state scholarship winner is known at TNCC for her active role in advertising for the program in her classes. Cordial will graduate in May, but wants to recruit a few more TRiO participants before the end of the semester.

Cordial will attend Christopher Newport University in the fall to major in Spanish. She also plans to complete a Master’s Degree program to teach Spanish classes for elementary school children.

TRiO is a federally-funded program that offers academic and career counseling for first-generation college students, those who meet low-income requirements and students with a disability.

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