Caught In The Act.

Leadership Award

$1,000 Annual Scholarship Award

Each year the Business Leadership Center sponsors the “Caught in the Act of Leadership” award. We are calling for nominations from students, faculty, and staff members of the Pamplin College of Business.

This $1,000 scholarship award is made to an undergraduate Pamplin student who has shown outstanding leadership and/or courage in a specific leadership situation. In Virginia Tech fashion, Ut Prosim motivates all students to make a difference inside the classroom and out in the community.

Nominations for the spring 2019 awards are closed. Nominations for the 2020 awards will open in late fall 2019.  Any student, faculty, or staff can nominate a Pamplin undergraduate student (self-nomination are also acceptable).


Recognize a student who has displayed a significant act of leadership and/or moral
courage in a specific leadership situation.

Who is eligible?

All Pamplin undergraduate students.

Is There Someone You Should Nominate?

Nominations for the 2019 Caught in the Act of Leadership award are closed. Nominations for 2020 will open in fall 2019.

Nomination Form

Nomination Deadline:

Thank you to our 2018-2019 Sponsor:


2019 Winners:

John Holland

John HollandJohn Holland- Senior from McLean, Virginia, majoring in finance and management with a
minor in leadership studies and an honors scholar diploma. This fall, John served as the
Regimental Commander of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Corps’ highest leadership
position. Over his four years he has also served in numerous other leadership billets within the
Corps. He represents the class of 2019 as the Cadet Member at Large, is a member of Omicron
Delta Kappa, part of the Student Alumni Associates, and serves on the Senior Class Gift
Committee. He supports prospective and current Hokies as a member of the Hokie
Ambassadors, an orientation leader, and as a member of the Order of the Gavel. He is a
recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship and the Wells Fargo Leadership Development
Scholarship. Upon graduation John will head to Northern Virginia to work as a Technology &
Management Consultant for RSM US.




Alexa Vergelli

Alexa VergelliAlexa Vergelli of Montgomery Village, Maryland is a senior majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a minor in International Business. Throughout her four years at Virginia Tech, Alexa has been very involved both inside and outside of the classroom, as a member of the Honors College and as a leader in multiple student organizations.

As President of the Hospitality Management Association, Alexa oversees the organization’s officer panel, leads organization meetings, and helps plan special events such as the HTM Department Advisory Board Dinners, Destinations Career Fair, and the HMA Silent Auction fundraiser. She also currently serves as Vice President of Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Honor Society.
Outside of HTM, Alexa enjoys working on the organizing team of VTHacks, Virginia Tech’s student-run hackathon that attracts over 400 students from across the country annually. For the last three years, Alexa has served as the Director of Catering, planning meals for attendees throughout the event.

Alexa’s professional passion is event planning. Her experience includes internships at the Smithsonian Institution Office of Special Events and Protocol and at VT Continuing and Professional Education, and she also works in the VT Event Planning Office during the academic year. Her scholarship and leadership have been recognized by the Professional Convention Management Association Legacy Scholarship and several department scholarships, as well as membership in Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.

Alexa’s personal interests include a love of baseball (she has visited 25 of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums and has plans to visit the remaining five) and baking.



Past Winners:

Award winners were presented plaques at the annual Pamplin College of Business Students of Distinction Awards Ceremony in spring 2015.

Pamplin College of Business annual Students of Distinction Reception on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in Owens Banquet Hall at Virginia Tech.


Back to Top
Enter your Infotext or Widgets here...