The Dabney S. Lancaster Community College Educational Foundation has awarded a Vaughn Family Scholarship to Richard L. Hamm Jr., of Eagle Rock. The award will assist with Hamm’s tuition and book expenses for one year at DSLCC and is part of more than $95,000 the nonprofit educational foundation has awarded in merit and need-based scholarships for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Hamm is a June graduate of James River High School and is the son of Richard L. and Roxanne A. Hamm. He will begin classes this fall in DSLCC’s Administration of Justice Program with a concentration in forensic science.
Hamm’s former teachers considered him to be a respectful, conscientious, and hard-working young man. “Ricky is a leader and an upstanding young man of the greatest character,” one teacher commented.
During his time at JRHS, Hamm was an important contributor to the Knights’ sports program. He was a member of the track and field team for four years, the junior varsity and varsity basketball team for three years, and the junior varsity and varsity football team for two years. Hamm also was a member of the Chess Club, the Foreign Language Club, Future Farmers of America, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for one year.
He has been employed by Kroger as a service clerk and checker for two years. Hamm has been a member of the Mt. Beulah Baptist Church for twelve years. As a member of the Glen Wilton Youth Group, he performs participates in a variety of community service activities.
The scholarship was established by Steve and Donna Vaughn of Eagle Rock in honor and memory of Steven’s grandfather, A. E. Vaughn Sr., who was a great believer in providing higher, affordable education for all citizens. He worked diligently for funding for DSLCC from Botetourt County. He was on the Botetourt County School Board when DSLCC was built — then an extension of Virginia Tech. The scholarship was created to continue his goal and is also funded by other members of the Vaughn family.
For more information regarding the Educational Foundation’s scholarship programs, visit the foundation’s website at dslcc.edu.
– Submitted by Lynda Thompson, Director, DSLCC Educational Foundation