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Virginia ABC Awards Mini Grants to Support Safe Spring Break Initiatives on Five College Campuses

March 10, 2014

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Jennifer Guild - (804) 325-8468
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Virginia ABC Awards Mini Grants to Support Safe Spring Break Initiatives on Five College Campuses

  • Virginia ABC awards College Alcohol Awareness Mini Grants totaling $4,994
  • Grants given to student groups at five Virginia colleges and universities
  • Money will fund programs that encourage safe spring break practices

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) recently awarded five College Alcohol Awareness Mini Grants for alcohol education and enforcement initiatives on Virginia college and university campuses. The grants, totaling $4,994, will support campus-based educational efforts of student organizations at the College of William & Mary, Randolph-Macon College, Roanoke College, Tidewater Community College and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Funded activities focus on preventing and reducing high-risk drinking behaviors during spring break by promoting healthy choices, social responsibility, collaboration and leadership on campus.

“Spring break is a peak drinking occasion for college students and many students are at risk for experiencing alcohol-related consequences,” said Education Coordinator Danielle Luster. “Virginia ABC created these mini grants to encourage students to be proactive about implementing and enhancing safe activities during spring break. It’s important for them to hear from their peers that they can enjoy spring break without alcohol.”

The following colleges are grant recipients:

  • College of William & Mary - Tribe Tropics is an annual event put on by William & Mary’s Health Outreach Peer Educators the day before school lets out for spring break. The tropical getaway-themed event features food, entertainment and responsible drinking education. It also gives students an alcohol-free activity option during a period often associated with the pressure to consume alcohol.
  • Randolph-Macon College - A recent tragedy in the Ashland community involving a young woman killed by a drunk driver brought together faculty, staff, students and community members. To honor the victim, the Randolph-Macon Alcohol and Drug Prevention Office, in collaboration with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Ashland Police Department, Hanover Cares and Campus Safety, is hosting a memorial 5K run during spring break titled “A Night to Remember – Not One to Forget: Macon Positive Choices.”
  • Roanoke College - The Health Education Awareness Team is hosting a Spring Breakout Party prior to the beginning of spring break to educate students on the potential consequences associated with heavy episodic drinking. The team will suggest alternatives to high-risk behaviors.
  • Tidewater Community College - Parents United, part of the Office of Pregnant and Parenting Student Services, is sponsoring a series of educational activities to reach students and citizens within the surrounding community. A mocktail mixer, film screening and panel discussion and messages on TV screens around campus will help raise awareness prior to spring break about the risks associated with alcohol abuse. Peer educators are also hosting an activity for high school students that addresses underage drinking.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University - The VCU Police Department is partnering with the Wellness Resource Center and campus-based sororities and fraternities to provide an interactive and educational presentation about the consequences of underage drinking during spring break.

This is the first time Virginia ABC has offered the College Alcohol Awareness Mini Grants. Student groups were able to apply for a maximum of $1,000 in grant money.

The mini grant initiative is part of Virginia ABC’s College Tour, a series of regional one-day conferences for student leaders, college administrators and community advocates that provides workshops and resources on alcohol education and prevention throughout Virginia. Each of the mini grant recipients will give a presentation about their project at an upcoming College Tour conference.

Virginia ABC’s first 2014 College Tour event takes place Saturday, March 22, at Tidewater Community College. The second spring conference will be held at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus on Friday, April 4. Registration forms for both College Tour events are available on the Virginia ABC website.


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 346 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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  • Virginia ABC Awards Mini Grants to Support Safe Spring Break Initiatives on Five College Campuses