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Annual walk-a-thon raises thousands for VCU student scholarships

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - The Virginia Commonwealth University community is celebrating a successful Marquita Aguilar Walk-A-Thon.

The 14th annual event was held this afternoon. So far it raised $10,600 for a student scholarship fund, and organizers are still tallying donations.

Aguilar, who started the event with her colleagues in the VCU Staff Senate in 2005, calls it the 'VCU' scholarship. That stands for 'Virginia's Caring University.'

The scholarships are available to rising juniors and seniors with financial needs and a GPA of 2.7 or higher. 

"They graduate from here, they come back, they contribute to VCU," Aguilar says of the strong ties made with scholarship recipients. "They become leaders not only at VCU but outside in the community also."

To date, this scholarship has helped more than 100 undergraduate students pay for and complete their educations.

"Student debt is metastasizing," Aguilar describes. "It is a level that's just huge. We have more students that have student debt. We want to try to put a dent in that debt."

From money raised at today's event, scholarships will be awarded this fall.

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