Scholarship Consideration Deadline is December 1!

by Katherine Beck
We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving! We wanted to share a quick, friendly reminder that the deadline for scholarship consideration is this Wednesday, December 1. Students who complete the application, including the essay, and submit all of the required documentation for admission by December 1 will be automatically considered for the scholarship money we award through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
There are three different levels of scholarships that we award:
1. Presidential: in-state tuition, fees, room and board
2. Provost: in-state tuition and fees
3. Deans’: one-half in-state tuition and fees
Selection of scholars is made on the basis of merit in the area of academic achievement. Leadership, community service and artistic talent (when applicable) also may be considered.
Also, please remember that only students applying for the fall semester are eligible for these scholarships. The majority of scholarships are awarded each fall to first-time freshman applicants, though a limited number are awarded each fall to transfer applicants.
Again, the scholarship consideration deadline for fall 2010 is this Wednesday, December 1. For more information on the University Undergraduate Scholarship Program please visit the following website: http://www.ugrad.vcu.edu/admissions101/financing/scholarships.html.

VCU’s Zimride

by Katherine Beck
While it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here again, VCU students are already anxious for their mini-break to begin. Since many of them will hit the road on Wednesday and head back home, we thought we’d highlight Zimride – VCU’s private, eco-friendly way to travel.
Only those possessing a VCU eID (students, faculty and staff) can access and utilize Zimride. Whether you live off-campus and need a ride to class, want to carpool home for the holidays, or just need a quick drop-off at the airport, Zimride’s services are available. Zimride will even help you find a ride to the VCU Men’s Basketball team’s away games so you can always cheer on the Rams!
You can request a ride or even offer one if you have a car and need help splitting gas costs. To offer or request rides, you can logon with your eID and password at http://zimride.vcu.edu/ or even link your Zimride account up to your Facebook account for easy access.
A lot of you prospective students ask about bringing a car to campus, and while yes, you can bring your own vehicle, you might want to check out some of the other options VCU has available to get you around campus and beyond: VCU Parking and Transportation Services.

VCU’s preseason basketball game

by Toulaphone Chittavoravong, Social Media Intern
“VCU! Go RAMS Go!” VCU’s preseason basketball game on Thursday, November 4 against Virginia Union University was a great way to kick off VCU’s basketball season! The men’s team led the Panthers throughout the game and won 71-56. The Stuart C. Siegel Center was packed with students and fans, many of them dressed from head-to-toe in black and gold. I even rocked my VCU gold t-shirt that I’ve had since freshman year! The whole crowd (including me!) was screaming and chanting throughout the entire game, and people went nuts when a successful shot was made. I got so into it that I almost lost my voice by the end of the night! It’s safe to say that the VCU basketball games are a crowd pleaser and a favorite activity of students throughout the fall and winter.
VCU opens its regular season on Friday, November 12 in a home game against the UNC Greensboro Spartans. Since VCU students attend these games for free with their student ID, you can bet that I’ll be back to cheer on the Rams again! For more information about VCU athletics, visit www.vcuathletics.com.

Student Organization Charity Date Auction

by Toulaphone Chittavoravong
Hey everyone! Are you interested in what types of things a student-run organization does here at VCU? The Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) is just one of the 400 established organizations on campus, and hosts several different events each year. I decided to check out VSA’s 14th annual “Twist of Fate” date auction held in the Student Commons.
Many talents were revealed at the auction, as some sang along with acoustic guitars and others showed off fancy dance moves. The turnout was good and the crowd seemed entertained and happy to bid on the different date participants. Overall, VSA was able to raise $1,155 for the Blue Dragon Foundation, a charitably funded, non-governmental organization based out of Hanoi, Vietnam whose profits go toward the betterment of children in that area.
Like I mentioned before, VSA is just one of the hundreds of student organizations at VCU. To read more about student life and see a list of all student organizations, visit the following website: www.usca.vcu.edu/stu_orgs.html.

Counselor Spotlight: Anthony Sherwood

by Anthony Sherwood
Hello everyone, my name is Anthony Sherwood and I’m an admissions counselor here at VCU. I am primarily based in the Tidewater region of Virginia, and it is an area that I absolutely enjoy visiting! I went to school here at VCU, and I would have to say that I really enjoyed my experience. Sharing these experiences with others is one of the best parts of my job. I am really proud of the great strides that our university has made, and I think that everyone would agree that these are some truly exciting times here at VCU!
In addition to reviewing applications and speaking to prospective students, I am also the liaison between the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and VCU athletics. If you are interested in playing sports, then I would be someone who can provide you with answers to any questions that you may have. We take great pride in our athletic programs here at VCU. Many of our men’s and women’s teams are coming off outstanding seasons and we are excited about what they will achieve this year!
I am excited to share all that VCU has to offer and I am here to help should you have any questions. If I am out of the office, then you can contact me via email at amsherwo@vcu.edu I am constantly checking my email and I will get back to you as expeditiously as I can. All the best to everyone and let’s go VCU Rams!