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Scott Castro

Mayme Beth DonohueOur campus serves as an inspiration for hard work and ambitious studies — but more often than not, our alums are the ones who in turn inspire us.

Three alums  — Ja Jones, 07, Scott Castro, ’09, and Mayme Beth Donohue, L’15 — were just named to Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 list, a roundup of inspiring young leaders whose hard work and determination are bettering the City of Richmond. Jones, who was a pitcher on the Spider baseball team, owns a cycling gym and also co-launched the Richmond chapter of the November Project. The initiative is part of a global movement promoting free workouts in cities around the world.

Castro has built a career in public policy — working on mental and behavioral health services and issues affecting the homeless — and has helped elect the first open lesbian to the General Assembly. He said he learned from UR’s political science professors how to "look at the world and public policy not [solely] through a blue or red lens."

Donohue spends her days in securities law at a prestigious firm, but also volunteers with Side by Side, a LGBTQ group in Richmond that promotes understanding on gay issues. "We are working on the problems of facing homelessness and hostility at homes," she said in the article announcing the recipients. 

We’re proud these three are representing UR through their determination and hard work. Congratulations to Ja, Scott, and Mayme Beth!

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