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Ph.D. Student Named Outstanding Young Virginian for Service-Learning Projects

The Virginia Jaycees, have named a Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education doctoral candidate as one of its three Outstanding Young Virginians for 2016 for her efforts to improve the lives of Richmond residents through numerous community service and education projects.

Amanda Hall, a former Henrico County middle school teacher and a Ph.D. student in the School of Education’s curriculum, culture and change track, received the award, which has honored young people across Virginia who are making a positive impact in their communities since its founding in 1942.

Lynn Pelco, Ph.D., associate vice provost for community engagement and director of VCU Service-Learning in the Division of Community Engagement, nominated Hall for the award, citing Hall’s long list of projects that have benefited the Richmond community.

“Amanda is a consummate educator, environmental scientist, social justice advocate, youth mentor, community-based researcher, social entrepreneur, gardener extraordinaire and citizen leader in Richmond, Virginia,” Pelco wrote in her nomination letter. “It has been an honor to collaborate with Amanda for the past six years and to witness the powerful positive influence she has already had on both her students and on our community. Amanda gives me hope that the next generation of higher education leaders will create a 21st-century learning space for universities that is not only experiential, engaging and innovative but also inclusive of the communities that lie beyond the campus gates.”

Read the full VCU News article.