Cody Billups Earns Prestigious Valley Proteins Fellowship

VCCS_2016_FELLOWS_BILLUPS-076~ 2016 Scholars Represent Program’s Sixth Class ~
Cody Billups, a general studies student at Paul D. Camp Community College, has been selected as part of the sixth class of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program, administered by the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE).
“We are proud that Cody has been chosen for this honor,” said Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students and I know that he will represent the college very well.”
Billups earned an advanced studies diploma at Southampton High School, where he graduated with honors with a 3.8 GPA in May 2015. He served in leadership positions, including vice president of the Beta Club and an active member of the National Honor Society.
At PDCCC, Billups has been recognized as achieving inclusion on the Vice President’s List and as a member of the Omega Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He has a GPA of 4.0. After graduating with his associate’s degree in May 2017, he plans to transfer to Regent University, where he will major in communication and minor in Christian ministry. His hope is to help people establish strong Christian values by creating a summer camp focused on that purpose.
Billups is the third PDCCC student to receive this honor since the establishment of the scholarship in 2011. Ida Thompson was part of the second class of Valley Proteins Fellows in 2012 and Wanda Olden was selected in 2014.
Out of the more than 400,000 people Virginia’s Community Colleges serve across the commonwealth, only nine are selected for the Valley Proteins Fellows Program. The approximate value of the scholarship, accompanied with professional development, travel, and cultural opportunities, is $10,000.
The core mission of the Valley Proteins Fellows Program is to help promising, second-year students at Virginia’s Community Colleges pursue their academic goals and strengthen their leadership skills. In addition to receiving full tuition, book expenses and fees, the Fellows participate in a unique curriculum of intellectual and cultural activities. The Fellows also volunteer 80 hours of community service during the academic year to hone their leadership abilities and develop a strong foundation for future success.
The fellows program is made possible through the generous support of Valley Proteins, Inc. The Winchester-based company has been in the rendering business for more than 60 years and currently operates plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. The management of Valley Proteins is committed to outstanding corporate citizenship, excellent customer service, technological innovation and support for the community college mission.
“My brother and I are pleased to support the Valley Proteins Fellows program because it provides us with the opportunity to develop a more educated and competitive Virginia,” said Gerald F. Smith, Jr., president of Valley Proteins, Inc.
“The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education is dedicated to expanding opportunities by leveraging partnerships,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “This program is a great example of the synergy that comes from joining together employers that are vested in the quality of tomorrow’s Virginia workforce and the community colleges that elevate it every day.”