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Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets raised $8,791 for the Joshua Lilliston Memorial ‘14 Scholarship by participating in the corps’ annual Shadow Day fundraiser. This year’s total more than doubled the fundraiser’s previous high of $4,000. And all the donors are students.

Click on the photo to read more about Shadow Day and the late Joshua Lilliston.

Meet Christine, a business management major and member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. She is a recipient of multiple scholarships including an Emerging Leader Scholarship, which was the focus of a VT News article published today. You can read that article by clicking here.

Christine is one of several Hokies profiled in the “My Virginia Tech” video series, which aims to give an inside look at the university through the words and experiences of students, faculty, and staff.

In 1992, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets saw its enrollment drop to about 400, the lowest since 1980. In 1995, the corps introduced the Emerging Leader Scholarship program, and enrollment has been on the rise ever since.

Meet Sean Grindlay and his “donor parents” Ray and Ellen Thrift. Grindlay is a senior at Virginia Tech and a member of the Corps of Cadets and is the recipients of an Emerging Leader Scholarship sponsored by the Thrifts.

In addition to scholarship money to help Grindlay pay for his college education, Ellen Thrift also throws in some of her famous “Cowboy Cookies.”

Read more.

Cadets from Virginia Tech’s Corps demonstrate their obstacle course for alumni as part of VTCC’s homecoming weekend. I was out there before the seniors arrived and saw some freshmen cadets practicing and trust me when I say it is much harder than it looks. And it looks hard.

We’ll have more on this story next week, so stay tuned. Until then, have a great weekend and GO HOKIES!

Working on a video highlighting Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets and its Emerging Leader Scholars.

Roanoke Times: Tech Corps of Cadets sees enrollment surge

The Roanoke Times published an article on the front page of Tuesday’s (Sept. 6, 2011) paper about the rise of enrollment for Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets. This year’s freshman class of 383 cadets is the largest since 1969 and nearly equals the corps’ entire enrollment of 1992, which was about 400.

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Freshman members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will visit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., on Sept. 10, thanks to the generous support of an alumnus who, unfortunately, passed away not long ago. Along with his wife, Peggy, Ray Reed ‘57 was also a generous donor to our project to restore Lane Hall and return it to the corps.

Today is the U.S. Army’s 236th birthday! We’re proud that, for more than half the Army’s existence, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has helped aspiring soldiers develop strong leadership skills.

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Today marks the 67th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, Allied forces launched the largest amphibious assault in history when they stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, which was occupied by German forces. The beaches were especially well fortified as the Germans had ample time to prepare for the assault.

Twenty Virginia Tech alumni died around the beaches of Normandy in World War II. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has a service project to raise money to help keep the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., open, and first-year cadets make an annual trip to the memorial. Alumni donations have helped cover the cost of that journey, along with many other special activities within the Corps of Cadets.

Cadets Pip Cox and John Hitt, both members of the Class of 1934, sit on a hill overlooking Blacksburg’s Main Street. This is the present day intersection with College Avenue. Photo from the university’s archives.

Source: The official Virginia Tech Facebook page