Chloe Mayhew knew she wanted to continue her education after graduating from Magna Vista in 2010, but she wanted something close to home. She had been accepted at Liberty University, but “something just didn’t feel right,” she explained.
She found the solution at Patrick Henry Community College, graduating with her associate degree in general studies in 2012. “I just love PH,” she said. “If I could have done a four-year degree I would have.”
Mayhew participated in all she could while in high school (President of the National Honor Society, member of Beta and the National Honor Technical Society, the editor of the yearbook and newspaper, and a member of the varsity soccer team and FOCAS [Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students]), helping her become a Patrick Henry Scholar, receiving a full-tuition scholarship and the honor of being a part of an elite group of promising students.
As a PH Scholar, Mayhew was given the humbling opportunity to meet with those who made her education possible at the annual Scholarship Luncheon. “I was able to speak at one of the scholarship luncheons and thank them face to face, the people who paid for my education,” she explained. “The Foundation’s scholarships are the difference between going to college and not for some, and it certainly made life easier for me.”
She then transferred to Averett University where she is currently working toward a degree in communications. She serves as the co-editor of the school newspaper, and is a member of the French Club and the Christian Student Union.
With her degree in communications, Mayhew hopes to start her career in marketing or public relations, but her main goal is to return to this area.
“I love it here,” she gushed. “A lot of people complain that there’s nothing to do and they just want to get out, but that’s the farthest from the truth. Our community is growing, PH is growing, and it makes me so happy.”