Ronald Donn Scholarship Award

In honor of VLTA past president, Ronald Donn, who served as president from 2006-2007, the Virginia Land Title Association Board of Directors has established a scholarship program for newly licensed title insurance agents and newly certified VCTEs who have a desire to improve their skills and increase their knowledge as land title professionals. Ronald Donn was passionate about industry education and worked to include new professionals in the Convention experience. The scholarship covers full convention registration (lodging accommodations not included). VLTA encourages all who qualify to apply for the award. The recipient of the Ronald Donn Award is announced and awarded at the Annual Convention.


Applicants for the Ronald Donn Award must demonstrate the following:

  • Status as a Licensed Title Insurance Agent or VCTE, preference to newly licensed or certified professionals (within past 24 months)
  • Membership in good standing with the Virginia Land Title Association – individual or company membership
  • Commitment to attend all educational sessions offered at Convention
  • Willingness to report on your experiences at Convention for a brief article in the VLTA Examiner Magazine.

This years recipient is...

Susan Finkel has been in the profession for 37 years, is currently a licensed title underwriter, VLTA certified title examiner, VLTA certified settlement agent, and has taken more than two-dozen online VLTA continuing education classes. Several significant changes in the industry have driven her to be a devout advocate of continuing education.  She shared the following about her educational journey:
“Ongoing education in any industry is so important but I think especially in ours.  I don’t believe that at any time in history have we seen so much change so fast.  In our industry alone, we have seen the abolishment of dower and curtesy, establishment of augmented estate and MLA rules, change in the rules regarding Federal Liens and tenancy by the entirety and most recently, as of October 1, the Virginia Code regarding holding tenants by the entirety was finally re-written to incorporate the Supreme Court ruling regarding same sex marriage and now instead of the Code saying “husband and wife”, it says “spouses”.   Today’s technology also plays a huge hand in dealing with fraud, which we are all combatting in all areas of our industry:  mortgage fraud, wire fraud, bogus contracts from imposters purporting to be owners.  With constant and diligent education on the many facets of our industry, we put ourselves in a better position to protect ourselves and our industry as a whole.”


Past Recipients 

Recipient Year Awarded
Liz Kestler 2008
Raynelle Ricks 2009
Milika Hobbs 2012
Susan Johnson 2014
Chris Armstrong 2016
Michelle Kaila 2017
Jenine Skrabak 2018
Susan Finkel 2019