Paul D. Camp Community College Student Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

Ida Thompson

The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education has selected Ida Thompson, who attends Paul D. Camp Community College, as a member of the second class of the prestigious Valley Proteins Fellows scholarship program, administered by the VFCCE.



Thompson, a resident of Suffolk, is studying education at PDCCC. For the 2012 spring semester, she was awarded a Cross Realty Career Grant, the Perry R. Adams Scholarship, the King’s Fork Woman’s Club of Suffolk Scholarship and the prestigious Col. Lula B. Holland U. S. Army (Ret.), MSW, BSN, AA Scholarship.



Thompson is a member of the Kilby Shores Elementary School PTA. She volunteers as a translator for Spanish speaking students at Suffolk City Public Schools. Her goals are to major in psychology with a minor in education so that she can attain her LPC license. In addition, she plans to continue her community service.



Of the 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only 10 are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The fellowship’s estimated value is $15,000.



The Valley Proteins Fellows Program was designed for high-achieving second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges. In addition to receiving full coverage of tuition and fees, the fellows participate in a unique curriculum that includes leadership programs, cultural opportunities and a community service project. The Valley Proteins Fellows represent the best and most motivated scholars who demonstrate both academic and leadership potential along with a burning desire to excel.



The fellows program is made possible through the generous donation of Valley Proteins, Inc. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 50 years and currently operates 12 plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The management of Valley Proteins is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship, excellent customer service, technological innovation and support for the community college mission.


“Valley Proteins is privileged to invest in the future of some of Virginia’s most outstanding students,” said Michael A. Smith, vice president of Valley Proteins, Inc. “These young people are tomorrow’s leaders and we are confident that the returns for our investment in them will be substantial.”



Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, said, “This isn’t an easy scholarship to earn. Those who are selected are talented, motivated and dedicated to succeed. They’re the kind of students who give you confidence in the future of our commonwealth and country.”