The Chamber in partnership with Go Virginia, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Caroline, Spotsylvania, and King George Public Schools, Germanna Community College and University of Mary Washington hosted an Intern Expo for the first time this year. The Expo put on display 50 local businesses seeking interns, externs and apprentices and almost 500 local high school and college students explored those opportunities. There were also 5 interactive teaching and learning sessions conducted throughout the day.
A scholarship application opportunity was offered to any student who attended the Intern Expo. The applicant pool was strong and the winners were presented with their scholarship money at last weeks Member Meeting.

Carley Walker (left) Vice President of Programs and Events for the Chamber presents Gabrielle Williams (right) with her scholarship check

Gabrielle Williams calls Culpeper home and attends Williams Preparatory Academy where she is homeschooled.  She has also taken coursework at Germanna Community College. She plans to graduate from High School with college credits in May of 2023.  Gabrielle is very busy as an owner and clothing designer of the clothing company TAVAGA, serves as the Vice President of the National Honor Society and the Captain of the Centurions Volleyball Team.  She has received many awards and honors in her high school tenure including being the NAACP Biology Gold Winner advancing to national competition and the Seeds of Fortune’s Scholar Program in Partnership with Yale Women in Economics Finalist. Gabrielle has  aspirations to attend a four year college to double major in Biochemistry and Psychology and then on to medical school, to study and obtain a doctorate in pediatrics. She also dreams of becoming a children’s book author. She is a self-proclaimed BIG Dreamer and believes she can accomplish anything!


Carley Walker (left) Vice President of Programs and Events for the Chamber presents Jamal Johnson, Jr. (right) with his scholarship check

Jamal Johnson, Jr. a King George native who graduated from King George High School in May of this year. He is the first to graduate high school in his immediate family and the first in his extended family to attend college.  Many describe Jamal as wise beyond his years, intelligent, witty and hard working.  Jamal also has the gift of voice as he sings in 3 different choirs and is very active in his church.  During his time at King George High School he was active in FBLA and DECA.  He will take this $1,500 scholarship among others received with him in the fall to the Culinary Institute of Johnson & Wales in Charlotte, NC.

Jamal closed his scholarship application with this: “My mother has instilled in me what hard work and determination is.  I have dreamed of being a chef for many years and my dream will come true. I pray God continues to bless and watch over me throughout my college journey as I transition into the man he created me to be.”