Mount Tabor Ruritan Club awards scholarships

The Mount Tabor Ruritan Club in Blacksburg has awarded six scholarships to members of the Class of 2020.

Joseph Nick Brown, a graduate of Radford High School, received the Rader Vaden Scholarship. He will attend Virginia Tech and major in sports media.

Jordan Stephens, from Blacksburg High School, is attending Holmes Community College in Mississippi and is majoring in athletic training.

Collin Holley, also a graduate of Blacksburg High School, is attending Emory and Henry College with a major in business management.

Shane Potters, also a graduate of BHS, is attending Christopher Newport University, looking toward a physical assistant degree.

Miriam Hilt from Dayspring Christian Academy will attend Virginia Tech and study wildlife management.

Thinna Svetanant from Blacksburg High School will attend Virginia Tech and study biological science.

Scholarship funds come from the club’s community service activities including the summer fish fries, the fall apple butter sales and the winter monthly sausage-gravy breakfasts.

Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Ruritans’ 2020 fundraising has been severely curtailed. Thus, they would welcome donations to sustain the club’s support of scholarships and other community service programs. To contribute to the scholarship fund or become involved in the club’s service activities, contact club president Gavin Faulkner at 540-449-6178 or email


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