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Gate City alumnus named Via scholar at Virginia Tech

Staff Report • Aug 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM

GATE CITY — A graduate of Gate City High School recently received one of the most prestigious undergraduate academic awards at Virginia Tech.

Reece Williams was named a Via scholar by the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Via scholars include some of the country’s most exceptional students in a variety of civil and environmental specialties.

Since the Via endowment was created in 1987 by the late Marion Bradley Via and her family, more than $16 million in scholarships and fellowships has been awarded to deserving students.

The award covers full tuition and fees for one academic year, according to a press release. Williams was the one student in his graduating class to receive the award.

“My career goal is to help my hometown of Gate City to grow its infrastructure and development,” Williams said.

He added that his overall goals are to work on a wide variety of projects throughout his career and use his knowledge and skills to benefit those in need, wherever it may be.

Williams graduated from Gate City High School as valedictorian of the class of 2015. He then graduated from Mountain Empire Community College in 2016 with an associate’s degree in general studies and a 4.0 GPA.

He is set to graduate from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Williams recently interned with the Virginia Department of Transportation in its Location and Design Division. He also served as the public address announcer for the Virginia Tech softball team.

In addition to these jobs, he maintained a 4.0 GPA for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Williams will be recognized as a Via scholar at a banquet in December in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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