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.
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.