Giving back to our community is very much valued at VAA – in this case, the Haldorson and Jansen Scholarship program recognizes long-standing community ties to the Dunwoody College of Technology (Dunwoody). Founded in 2014, the VAA program includes two scholarships named for current VAA Principals and Dunwoody alumni Gene Haldorson and Bernie Jansen. The program has awarded a total of $16,000 to Dunwoody students since its launch. In addition to the monetary award, the scholarship recipients meet Bernie and Gene for a celebratory lunch and VAA office tour.
“Supporting dedicated students and their progress in our field is important to us,” Gene said. “We’re glad we can help students financially – it gives them the opportunity to continue their education and focus on learning the skills they need to succeed.”
Recent scholarship recipients Karla Schmitt and Kyle Huberty were selected from a pool of seven candidates. The candidates were interviewed and evaluated for commitment, academic achievement, benefit from scholarship, community involvement and previous employment. Congratulations to our 2018 recipients.
About the Dunwoody Scholarship Recipients:
Karla Schmitt is a second-year student in the Dunwoody Architectural Drafting and Design Program. As an active community member, Karla participates in Feed My Starving Children, Kate’s Club and initiatives to get professional clothing in the hands of women entering the workforce. She says her love of art supports and reinforces her career path.
Kyle Huberty is in his fourth year of the five-year Bachelor of Architectural Degree at Dunwoody. He is heavily involved in a range of student organizations and community activities. Prior to his architectural pursuits, Kyle’s career path included a role as a stone carver – designing, carving, fabricating and installing custom architectural and ornamental stone work.