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James River Valley Chapter of Links, Inc. Donates $18,000 to Virginia Union


James River Valley Chapter of Links, Inc. Donates $18,000 to Virginia Union

     (Richmond, VA) – The James River Valley Chapter of the Links, Incorporated donated $18,000 to Virginia Union University on June 6, 2013 at a luncheon held on the Virginia Union campus.  The money will be added to the Chapter’s endowed scholarship fund in memory of Edwina Clay Hall, a charter member of the Chapter and distinguished educator in Richmond, Virginia.

      The recent donation brings the Chapter’s endowed scholarship total to more than $75,000.  “We are fortunate to have in Richmond one of the oldest HBCUs in the country and we support VUU’s focus on student success,” said Joyce C. Lanier, former chapter president.  “We are proud of the success of the institution over the years.”

     The Chapter has been very active with VUU during the 2012-13 academic year, partnering with the Office of Career Services to sponsor a very successful Professional Closet Community Donation Day and working with the VUU Museum Galleries to host an opening reception and exhibition of the work of artist Charly Palmer. In addition, the James River Valley Chapter of the Links, Inc. sponsored a table at the recent Virginia Union gala and masquerade ball and hosted a bone marrow drive on the VUU campus.

     Currently, the Chapter is working with Virginia Union University and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on a national initiative to increase student graduation rates at historically black colleges and universities.  Students accepted into the program become “Links Scholars” and receive financial assistance, internships, and career and personal development training.

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