Virginia Tech Beyond Boundaries Scholars program inspires and empowers
May 22, 2019
Andrew Jorquera developed a fascination with computers early in high school and a deep interest in community service while attending Virginia’s Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities during the summer between his junior and senior years.
Now a rising junior at Virginia Tech, he continues to pursue both interests as an honors scholar, a computer science major in the College of Engineering, and the treasurer of the campus chapter of Circle K International.
“We go out into the community and volunteer,” Jorquera, who is from Gainesville, Virginia, said of Circle K. “People that we help are really grateful for it, and it’s a great feeling to know we’re doing a good thing.”
Jorquera said he’s interested in working in the nonprofit sector one day and hopes to find ways to continue helping out others in his community after college. One reason he is so interested in that, he said, has been his experience as a Virginia Tech Beyond Boundaries Scholar.
More than 230 students across the classes of 2021 and 2022 have benefited from the Beyond Boundaries Scholars program, which was announced by university President Tim Sands in November 2016.
Over 130 donors have already taken advantage of the opportunity to double the impact of their giving through the program, which provides a one-to-one match of qualifying gifts. In August, the program will expand to benefit incoming members of the class of 2023. All gifts made through June 30 can still benefit students in the fall 2019 semester.
Jorquera said the opportunity to meet donors to the program opened his eyes to the positive impact people can make on the lives of people they don’t even know.
“Obviously they’re older and have more resources than me, but I think there is a certain kind of pleasure anyone can get from helping — and it’s great to see that doesn’t just wear down after college,” Jorquera said. “If you enjoy helping people, that’s something that stays with you your entire life.”