RU and Shelor Motor Mile partner for scholarship program

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7)— Radford University and Shelor Motor Mile have a new partnership that could help to expand access to education and jobs in the New River Valley.

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Over the next 10 years, they plan to help 20 RU students annually through the Shelor Motor Mile Scholars Program.

Students are selected by a committee and will be awarded $2,500 and a chance to do an internship with the company.

“We hope this partnership will spur others,” said the university’s vice president of advancement Wendy Lowery. “We hope people will realize the value in supporting our students financially. Scholarship support is extremely critical to Radford students. With over 40 percent of our freshman class being first gen, these sorts of dollars really help us retain quality students and give them an opportunity to change the trajectory for their families moving forward.”

Lowery said it would be great to also retain their talent in the New River Valley after graduation.

“If there’s an opportunity to keep them here and keep them local and make sure they have the experiences that they need to be successful, then we’re all in,” she said.

“Young adults coming out of college, we can offer them employment coming out of college, so it’s a lot more than just offering them scholarships, this is about these guys getting permanent employment,” said Shelor Motor Mile’s Vice President David Hagan.

Hagan said this is simply an extension of their Growing the Future program, where they currently support over 50 elementary, middle and high school students across Southwest Virginia in education.

The scholarships at Radford will help to support students in majors like accounting, marketing, information technology, graphic design and communications.

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