Honorary Scholarships
VT Alumni Distinguished Professor (Emeritus)

One of the most distinguished names in Civil War history, Dr. James "Bud" I Robertson Jr was Executive Director of the U.S. Civil War Centennial Commission and worked with Presidents Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson in marking the war’s 100th anniversary.  His Civil War Era course at Virginia Tech attracted 300 students per semester and was the largest of its kind in the nation.

 

After 45 years in Blacksburg, Dr. Robertson retired in May 2011 as an Alumni Distinguished Professor (Emeritus), one of ten such honorees among Virginia Tech’s 2,200 faculty.  He was also Founding Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, created by the University in 1999.

 

The Danville, VA., native is the author or editor of more than 20 books that include such award-winning studies as Civil War! America Becomes One Nation, General A.P. Hill, and Soldiers Blue and Gray. His massive biography of Gen. “Stonewall” Jackson won eight national awards and was used as the base for the Ted Turner/Warner Bros. mega-movie, “Gods and Generals”. Robertson was chief historical consultant for the film. Extraordinary

The recipient of every major award given in the Civil War field, and a lecturer of national acclaim, Dr. Robertson is probably more in demand as a speaker before Civil War groups than anyone else in the field. Robertson was a charter member (by Senate appointment) of Virginia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Betty Lee Robertson Honorary Scholarship

Betty Lee Robertson is a two-time alumna of Virginia Tech, completing both her masters in Education and doctorate in Educational Administration, leading to her career as a high school principal in Roanoke City Schools. After retirement, she joined the Alumni Association as a part-time chapter liaison, serving over 25 chapters throughout her career. She served the Central and Eastern Virginia chapters, as well as Texas. She also coordinated the alumni legislative advocacy program, working tirelessly every January to ensure that Virginia Tech was fully represented at the Virginia General Assembly on our annual “Hokie Day.”

 

While serving as a chapter liaison for over 14 years, Betty met her future husband, Bud Robertson, Alumni Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, one of our most popular alumni chapter speakers. Together, they have traveled all over the country to share educational opportunities for our alumni including numerous events with the Richmond Chapter and represent the university at many institutions and travel destinations.

Margaret Harriet “Margie” Foote Snead Memorial Scholarship

Margaret Harriet Foote Sneed, Oct 14 1930 – Nov 8, 2015.  Margie attended Thomas Jefferson High School and Virginia Tech, Class of 1950.  Upon entering VPI in 1946 at the age of 16, she was one of just a few women on campus and graduated with a degree in Business Administration.  Fiercely loyal to her Virginia Tech Hokies, she served in several capacities with the Virginia Tech Richmond Alumni Chapter including the scholarship committee.  Margaret was the finest example of Ut Prosim. She was indeed devoted to family, and she always thought of the Hokie community as the broader definition of that family.  All four of her children would go on to graduate from Virginia Tech.

Ivring Lowry Memorial Scholarship 

Irving Lowry was raised in Beaverdam, Virginia. He was raised as a farmer’s son. He had a calling and attended Virginia Tech from 1969 to 1973, studying Industrial Engineering and Operational Research now know as Industrial Systems and Engineering. Irving was excellent in the sciences and math. After graduation and later working for Dominion Virginia Power, (formerly known as VEPCO) he worked in the Information Technology department. He was quickly recognized for his capabilities and moved into a lead position on various projects. It was clear that he had talent and remembered the Ut Proism motto. He was an individual that was always willing to assist others. This led to success as a project lead and ultimately led him to involvement with the Richmond Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association...

He was always willing to give his time and resources to make the chapter events a success. He served in chairmanship or volunteered time as requested. To show his devotion to Virginia Tech and to the Richmond Chapter, he left in his estate a bequeath to be used for the chapter scholarship fund. This gift will be awarded in his name to qualified students at Virginia Tech in the Industrial Systems and Engineering curriculum until the completion of his gift.

 Robert "Bob" Chandler Honorary Scholarship

Robert "Bob" Chandler was born and raised in Lower King and Queen County, Va. At Virginia Tech, he spent three years in the Corps of Cadets majoring in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating in the Class of 1961, he was hired by the Virginia Department of Transportation as a Traffic Technician and Planning Engineer, where he ultimately retired after 42 years. Bob was an active member of the VT Alumni Association in the 1970s. He held many positions including Corresponding Secretary, Committee Chairman of Scholarship Program, and most recently Chairman of the Cadet Affairs Committee.

Morgan Stanley Future Leaders Scholarship

The Morgan Stanley Foundation is pleased to contribute to the Virginia Tech Alumni Chapter of Richmond, Virginia in the amount of $2,000. This contribution from the Foundation is made on behalf of volunteer efforts of a Morgan Stanley employee in the Richmond, Virginia office and represents support from all of the business units within Morgan Stanley. The Richmond VTAA Chapter has matched $500 in gratitude.

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