Scholarships and Awards

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Hokie Spirit Scholarship: Michaela Miller
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield Hokie Spirit Scholarship winner Michaela Miller

HNFE offers the following awards and scholarships to outstanding applicants. Awards are typically opened mid fall or early spring with a notification sent to students on how to apply.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Hokie Spirit Endowed Scholarship (opened in spring for awarding the following academic year)
Established by the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation in 2008, in memory of and to honor the victims of the April 16th, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. This scholarship recognizes outstanding undergraduate students with exceptional commitment to community service and financial need. To the extent possible, preference will be given to those whose community service has been in the area of cultural integration. Two tuition scholarships will be awarded (equal fall and spring semester distributions), dependent on qualified applicants.

Cardiac Rehab Scholarship (opened in fall for awarding the following semester)
Awarded to one undergraduate student with outstanding grades who has a strong record of community service in health promotion, and rehabilitative or preventative exercise who plans to attend graduate school (May 2018 graduation date or later). 

P. Howard Massey Food and Nutrition Award (opened in fall for awarding the following semester)
Established in honor of Dr. Massey's distinguished 36 year teaching career at Virginia Tech, including service as associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, director of Agronomic and Plant Sciences, director of International Development, and chair of the University Committee on International Programs, the award is available to both HNFE undergradate and graduate students. Dr. Massey valued interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving that addressed evolving issues related to food and nutrition here and abroad.  The award will provide scholarships, or student travel for presenting at national or international meetings, training, or exchange programs (including study abroad and mission trips).  

George A. Oley III Fund for Excellence (opened in fall for awarding the following semester)
Dr. George A. Oley III received a B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 1975 and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Medical College of Virginia in 1979. Everyone in his family attended medical school. He has an interest in community service and Virginia Tech sports. The Fund for Excellence is open to all HNFE undergraduate students.

CALS Outstanding Senior Award, HNFE candidate
Each major in CALS selects an outstanding graduating student for their major, and all seniors who plan to graduate in May, August, or December of the current academic year, with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, are eligible to be nominated by HNFE faculty. The awardee will be selected based on outstanding performance in several or all of the following areas: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and contributions of service to the university and/or community.

Carol B. Papillon Dietetic Scholarship (opened in fall for awarding the following semester)
HNFE alumna Ellen Coale and her husband, Charles Coale, established this scholarship to honor Carol Papillon for her outstanding service to the dietetics field. The award is given to a junior or a senior dietetics major who is preparing for a dietetic internship, is committed to the profession of dietetics, and has financial need.

Brenda H. Rohe Dietetic Scholarship (opened in spring for awarding the following academic year)
Given by the Rohe family in honor of Brenda Rohe, a graduate of the HNFE's dietetics program, the scholarship is given to a rising junior or senior dietetics major from southwest Virginia or North Carolina who has demonstrated academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, community service, and talent for a career in Dietetics. Applicants must have a permanent residence in North Carolina, or one of the following Virginia counties/cities to be eligible: Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, or Wythe.

Sebolt Fitness/Wellness Research Award (opened in spring for awarding the following academic year)
This award, given in memory of Dr. Don Sebolt, recognizes undergraduate or graduate student research related to the health benefits of physical activity/exercise and/or physiological aspects of exercise related to athletic performance or improved human health.  Preference will be given to students who plan a career in exercise science; a health profession such as athletic training, physical therapy, or health coach; or teaching physical fitness in secondary or higher education.

Forrest Thye Scholarship (opened in spring for awarding the following academic year)
Established to support student learning and experience in research, preference for first year awards will be given to rising sophomores. Successful applicants will show strong academic achievement (3.0 or above); remain committed to performing undergraduate research during their time at Virginia Tech; are willing to participate in a yearly course, which includes both oral and written presentation of their research projects; and promote an environment of diversity and inclusion.