"This One's for You Mom"

I know that you're up in heaven
Yes so very far above
Still each day I do think of you
And send you all my love.
For years you meant the world to me
And invariably you still do
Yet so many things I think of now
I should have said to you.
I know that you can hear me
And I think just yesterday
The image of your face I saw
As the clouds did roll away.
Now I 've done the best I'm able
Though I owe much to you
Yes you nurtured me for so many years
Then blessed my going too.
Mothers like you are very special
And showing appreciation can't wait
Now mother I fell far behind
So it came about to late.
Well each year they honor mothers
Or those that claim to be
Yet you're the best of all the rest
And always were to me.
                         - Roy E. Schepp


Congressman David Scott Secures Federal Funding for 1890 Land-Grant Agriculture Scholarships

Virginia State University, VA - Virginia State University has announced a new scholarship program specifically for students who major in food and agricultural sciences. The aim of the scholarship program is to help build a highly skilled workforce that aligns with the USDA’s strategic goals of promoting rural prosperity and economic development. The program will provide full and partial scholarships to food and agricultural sciences undergraduate student majors in VSU’s College of Agriculture.

Rep. David Scott (Georgia’s 13th congressional district) introduced the bill with support from other members of Congress. Funding for VSU’s 1890 Scholarship Program comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which recently awarded more than $14 million to provide scholarships at the nation’s 19 historically black 1890 land-grant colleges and universities, including VSU. In fiscal year 2020, each institution received $752,632.

“Virginia State University is grateful for this award that will help us build on our land-grant mission of producing highly educated and skilled professionals to work in the food and agriculture industry,” said Dr. M. Ray McKinnie, Dean/1890 Administrator at the VSU College of Agriculture. He added that nationally there are more career opportunities in food and agriculture than there are graduates to take advantage of the opportunities. “Rep. Scott and USDA have demonstrated our nation’s commitment to cultivating diverse leaders who are equipped to address and solve emerging challenges in these evolving fields of food and agricultural sciences.”

The VSU College of Agriculture offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in three departments: Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences and Hospitality Management. Only students in those programs or who have been accepted to VSU College of Agriculture will be considered for the scholarship program. Among other criteria, students applying for the scholarship must be U.S. citizens, have and maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average and intend to pursue a career in the food and agricultural sciences.Additional information and application for the VSU 1890 Scholarship Program can be found at http://www.agriculture.vsu.edu/1890-scholarship-program.php.

Virginia State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, marital status, disability, age, sexual preference, political affiliation or any other bias prohibited by Virginia or federal law. Virginia State University is fully accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degrees.

Rep. McEachin Thanks Emporia Constituent Mia Moore for Providing Childcare During Pandemic

RICHMOND, V.A. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today continued his Thank-A-Neighbor program by highlighting the work of Mia Moore, Owner of CareKids Childcare Center in Emporia. Ms. Moore has continuted to provide childcare to parents who are still working,and has been flexible with families experiencing financial burden. She has also been assisting in providing meals for students in the Emporia-Greensville area while schools have been closed.

“I am very grateful that people like Ms. Moore are so willing to share their resources with people in their communities,” said Congressman McEachin. “Many families are facing tough decisions during this time, and I am thankful that Ms. Moore has been able to keep the doors of CareKids Childcare Center open, so that our essential workers know that while they are at work, their children will be taken care of. ” 

“I’ve been in situations where I needed help. I’m blessed now in many ways. So, anytime I’m ini a position to bless somebody else, I choose to do that simply because I know there are people who are in situations and they just need help,” said Mia Moore, Owner of CareKids Childcare Center. “Being able to help others is a blessing to me.” 

Congressman McEachin launched the Thank-A-Neighbor program in early April to celebrate residents of Virginia’s fourth congressional district who are going above and beyond to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Constituents of Congressman McEachin can nominate someone for Thank-A-Neighbor by emailing VA04.Projects@mail.house.gov

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