Graduates of Rappahannock Scholars Program Head Toward New Opportunities

(from left) Shanita Mitchell, Charnele Young, Amanda Jenkins and Amber Harris

Amber Harris ranked among the top of her class at Northumberland County High School but she wasn’t sure she’d be able to follow her dream of a higher degree. “If I hadn't received a scholarship, I may not have had the opportunity to go to college," said Harris, a 2012 graduate of the University of Mary Washington. On Saturday, May 12, she walked across the stage on UMW’s Fredericksburg campus to receive her bachelor’s degree in psychology, making her the first in her family to graduate from college. Harris is one of four inaugural graduates of Rappahannock Scholars, a program that mentors and provides financial aid to promising underserved students from the Northern Neck region of Virginia. She and fellow graduates Shanita Mitchell, Amanda Jenkins and Charnele Young have excelled at UMW and each has carved a distinct niche for herself. Harris has worked as an aide in the Admissions Office since her sophomore year.  She recently presented her semester-long research about … [Read more...]