Virginia Union University Partnering with Richmond, Providing Scholarships, Health Clinic

VUU will award 50 full academic scholarships to Richmond area eighth grade students.

UNCF-member institution Virginia Union University (VUU) is proud to announce its “VUU is RVA” partnership with the City of Richmond and Richmond Public Schools (RPS). The partnership will help solidify greater access to academic, economic, medical and civic support to those who live in the greater Richmond area.

“Virginia Union University has been a fixture in this community for 153 years. We are committed to expanding our footprint by reaching beyond our campus and providing greater access and resources to all of our neighbors,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, president, Virginia Union University. “This partnership is significant because it allows us to grow. We are already providing healthcare options for adults and children in our area with limited access to medical services, while also offering opportunities for a college education to students who are academically inclined but, worried about the financial implications.”

Full Scholarships for RPS 8th Grade Students

For the first time, VUU will award 50 full academic scholarships to eighth grade students throughout RPS. In addition, RPS will have access to VUU labs, classrooms, and advisement from professors for educational and professional development. VUU also intends to create a robust program for VUU students to mentor RPS students. RPS has agreed to allow VUU the use of the Arthur Ashe Center, throughout the year, for athletic contests and events.

“We are so excited to partner with Virginia Union University—a pillar of the Richmond community—to offer this life changing opportunity for 50 of our students,” said RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras. “I especially want to thank Dr. Lucas for his leadership and support. We look forward to collaborating even more with VUU in the coming years.”

New Community Health Services Clinic

VUU’s partnership with the city of Richmond will include several projects including the new Henderson Health Services Clinic on VUU’s campus. The community health clinic, operated by the Capital Area Health Network (CAHN), is now open and provides primary medical care and counseling services for adults and children. It also offers physical exams, sports exams, and immunizations. All health insurance plans are accepted.

“The Capital Area Health Network is excited to partner with Virginia Union University. The Henderson Health Services Clinic is our seventh location in the Richmond Metropolitan area,” said Tracy Causey, Chief Executive Officer of CAHN. “This location is special to us because we are serving an area where health care services are scarce. Our mission is to provide effective, accessible and culturally responsive patient care, education and advocacy. The location on VUU’s campus does that and provides access to everyone in the Northside Community.”

Since opening, the Henderson Health Services Clinic has served roughly 130 patients by providing acute care, sports physicals, mental health care, and other medical services. For more information, visit

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