Walter B. Mitchell Scholarship | Thomas Nelson Community College

Walter B. Mitchell Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for a TNCC student that is majoring in a STEM-based program.  I, Dr. Karyn Mitchell Ward, want to honor the memory of my father, Mr. Walter Mitchell, through this scholarship.  Mr. Mitchell believed that education was most important and the true “equalizer” for all people.  He was a philanthropist that helped people, especially in the area of education.   Mr. Mitchell was a 1967 graduate of Huntington High School in Newport News, VA and served in the U.S. Navy for six years.  He received an Associate Degree in Applied Science from Thomas Nelson Community College in 1979.  Mr. Mitchell was a life-long learner and received numerous certificates and endorsements during his employment with Philip Morris USA, where he retired after over 25 years of service as a shift manager.  He loved sports and was a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  He was a loving, compassionate, giving, and kind man of great integrity.  His family, co-workers, and circle of friends benefited from his wit and his wisdom.    

Scholarship Details
Semester(s) Awarded: 
Awarded in the fall and divided equally between fall and spring.
Min GPA: 
Number of awards: 


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0; and
  • Be enrolled in Thomas Nelson’s engineering, science, or technology program; and
  • Must demonstrate a financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid; and
  • Preference give to qualified African-American students.

Thomas Nelson Educational Foundation, Inc. scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and other related educational expenses.