Virginia Tech fraternity funds research fellowship

ROANOKE, Va. – What started as spare change has turned into a legacy of service that’s now impacting important research at Virginia Tech.

On Friday, a group of fraternity brothers who connected on campus in the 1970′s visited the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke.

They funded a fellowship to support the school’s graduate program because some had personally been impacted by cancer.

“You get older, I don’t feel it, but you get older and it makes a big difference, being able to really pay back, and there’s also kind of a forward reach it will still be here when we’re not all here — that is enormous,” said Greg Metcalf, a 1977 graduate.

Zeta Beta Tau members have also donated to a food bank in Northern Virginia and other non-profits across the country.

“Because science is so expensive, it takes away that monetary barrier it allows researchers, and students like me to continue doing our research that will hopefully impact people’s lives in a positive way,” said Kenneth Young II, a TBMH student.

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