The Yates Society
What is the Yates Society?
The Yates Society is a re-envisioning of The Yates Project, which was founded in 2005 and honors Charles Yates, the first African American graduate of Virginia Tech. Yates graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1958, earned a master’s degree at Cal Tech, and earned a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins. Later in his professional journey, he returned to Virginia Tech as a professor and eventually a member of the Board of Visitors. In 2003, Virginia Tech dedicated a residence hall, Peddrew-Yates, to Yates and Irving Peddrew, the first African American student at Virginia Tech. For questions, contact us at email@example.com.
To support the enrichment of Virginia Tech’s student body through outreach, engagement, and recruitment efforts, aligning with Virginia Tech’s mission of access and inclusion as a global land-grant institution. By working directly with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Yates Scholars will provide prospective students with a connection to the campus community and participate in personal reflection of their own Virginia Tech experience.