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ASPiRE Students Receive Emerging Leader Awards

Two ASPiRE students received the Emerging Leader Award April 7 at the 2016 Leadership and Service Awards, presented by VCU Student Commons and Activities. Juniors Angelique Scott and Jessica Chavis were recognized for excelling in their first leadership roles at VCU and for the differences they've made on campus and in the community.

Chavis said she felt humbled to receive the award and that it motivates her to further pursue leadership with dedication, servitude and innovation.

The ceremony concluded with the announcement of the Dr. Henry G. Rhone Excellence in Student Affairs Award, which includes a $500 scholarship.

Charles Klink, interim vice provost for Student Affairs, said that the award recognizes a student with distinguished leadership and service who exemplifies a commitment to advocating for the under-served.

Scott, who has worked throughout the year to promote inclusion and diversity at the university, along with participating in various service activities through ASPiRE and the Black Art Student Empowerment Group, received the award.

She said she felt overwhelmed with everything she has done this year and wondered if it was making a difference.

"The awards helped put things in perspective and showed how much of an impact you can have on the community," Scott said. "Even when you think things go unnoticed, people are watching."