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Changes to University Studies and Scholarship Support enhance student services

FROM: Office of University Studies and Scholarship Support

University Studies and Scholarship Support, formerly known as Explore Technology and University Studies, has welcomed several changes in the past year.  

The Explore Technology major is no longer being offered at Virginia Tech as of fall 2019. The addition of Scholarship Support refers to the work they do with HUB Scholarship Mentoring, a program that provides support for scholarship students through one-on-one meetings with HUB mentors and access to online enrichment modules that offer guidance and support related to the requirements of their scholarship.  

“The HUB,” as students refer to it, was implemented in fall 2020 with 550 students participating in the first cohort. With a new cohort starting in fall 2021, the HUB will support up to 1100 students. Each student enters the program during their first semester at Virginia Tech and remains part of the program as long as they maintain their renewable scholarships. They are required to maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and earn at least 30 credits per year. Due to the success of the program, services are expanding to Pell Grant recipients.

As part of the program, HUB students are receiving a variety of support through scholarships such as the Breaking Boundaries Scholarship, the College Access Collaborative, the Provost Achievement Scholarship, and the VT Scholars. Virginia Tech awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the HUB students during the 2020-21 academic year.

“The HUB is taking off,” said Zack Underwood, director of University Studies and Scholarship Support. “HUB mentors are making an impact with students and student success is our main goal. We look forward to mentoring students in our second cohort as well as continuing to work with students in our first cohort.”

Formerly housed in Femoyer Hall, University Studies and Scholarship Support moved to 419 Newman Library in December 2020 (alongside the Student Success Center). Newman Library will be swing space during the predicted two years of construction for the new downtown six-story building called Gilbert Street project, the future home of Student Success Initiatives (SSI).

SSI faculty and staff have found their new location in Newman Library beneficial for their students. “The library is a great location for helping our students succeed,” said Chenaye` Blankenship, project coordinator for Student Success Initiatives. “We are bringing our services to where the students are.”

In celebration of these momentous changes, University Studies and Scholarship Support, along with the Student Success Center, invites faculty and staff to join them for refreshments on Thursday, Aug. 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Come see our space and welcome the new assistant director of University Studies and Scholarship Support and coordinator of the HUB, Page Fetter.

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