First Chamber-PVCC Scholarship Awarded to City Resident

Charlottesville, Va. � Charlottesville resident Christopher Cowdrey is the first recipient of a new endowed scholarship created by The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Piedmont Virginia Community College Educational Foundation in observance of the Chamber�s 100th Anniversary in 2013. Cowdrey will be introduced at the Chamber Annual Dinner Nov. 13 at the Boar�s Head Inn Pavilion. He is enrolled in the Associate of Science degree in business administration program at PVCC.� He plans to attend James Madison University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in management. His career aspiration is to become a continuous improvement manager, addressing the challenges of and providing solutions to struggling companies. He is the son of Don Cowdrey of Charlottesville and Andrea Ross of Crozet. The scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time PVCC student who is employed by � or their parent is employed by � a Chamber member or affiliate member enterprise, or their children, and is pursuing a degree in any field of business, management, technology or science. The scholarship pays for tuition and books and may be received for up to two academic years by recipients. Cowdrey�s father is employed by the University of Virginia. �The Chamber Scholarship Fund at PVCC is a testament to the commitment to education and community of our Chamber and the generous business and civic contributors honoring our first century of service,� said Valerie W. Long, who chaired the Chamber Board of Directors during its centennial year when the scholarship was chosen as a signature project. In October 2013, the Chamber Board of Directors, with the recommendation of the 21st Century Chamber Development Fund donors, approved a $50,000 contribution from the fund to endow the scholarship at PVCC.

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