To honor Matthew J. La Porte, Highty-Tighty Class of 2009, who was killed in the
tragedy of April 16, 2007, an endowed memorial scholarship fund in his name has been
authorized by his parents, and this fund will be used for Emerging Leader Scholarships
awarded to members of the Highty-Tighties. We have to step up the giving to this fund
and show our support for honoring the memory of this fine young Highty-Tighty. In this
spirit, your Board of Directors has determined that this remains our top priority for
funding. Contributions should be made to the Virginia Tech Foundation with the
notation to read VTCC Matthew J. La Porte Scholarship. Checks for this account and
those listed below should be mailed to:
Virginia Tech University Development (0336)
902 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
ATTN: Corps of Cadets.
Our long term goal remains constant: field a band of 150 cadets. This will require
recruiting at least fifty new freshmen each and every year. To accomplish this we have
found over the years that scholarships are the key to success. We need to step up and
fund the Emerging Leader Scholarship (ELS) for every qualifying bandsman, and we
must provide every entering freshman cadet assigned to the Regimental Band a $1,000
stipend. Our endowed accounts are growing but we have a long way to go. There are
several accounts beyond the Matthew J. La Porte Memorial Scholarship Fund that the
Board of Directors urges you to continue to support. They are:
- The Jim Schaeffer Memorial Endowment to fund the freshman stipend that is critical
to annual enrollment. This stipend goes only to freshmen entering the Highty-Tighties.
This account also funds the Jim Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship presented to the outstanding sophomore every year at homecoming.
- The Tom Dobyns Memorial Scholarship Fund is an Emerging Leader Scholarship.
ELS is the number one recruiting tool across the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.
- The Charles O. Cornelison Scholarship also funds the ELS.
- The Wallace Easter Scholarship provides an ELS for a Highty-Tighty. This scholarship
is not yet endowed and needs additional contributions to reach that goal.
- The Corps of Cadets Immediate Needs Fund is a non-endowed account that provides
for the operational needs of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Highty-Tighties.
It also funds that portion of the Highty-Tighty stipend not covered by the Jim Schaeffer
Thank you for your support.