Four years ago, Lori Ring was named the first winner of the West Virginia Scholar program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Now graduating, Ring, a senior public relations major and gender studies minor from Kearneysville, is looking into her future.
Ring said she has had an outstanding experience at the college. She is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi and a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honorary Society. She also worked in the Office of Greek Life.
"Winning the West Virginia Scholar Program was one of the best things that has happened to me in my young adult life, and I hope to keep striving to higher goals and make the committee realize the full potential they have helped me achieve," Ring said.
She also attributes her successes at Wesleyan to the program.
"I want to express my gratitude to the members of the West Virginia Scholar Committee, because otherwise I would have really struggled these last four years," Ring said. "It was nice to have someone believe in me and give me the opportunity to achieve something I would have otherwise struggled for financially."
This year, the West Virginia Scholar program is sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Culpepper Wesleyan Scholar Award, Metro News, MVB, Brickstreet Insurance, Friends of Coal, West Virginia Education Association and West Virginia Forestry Association.
The fifth winner will be announced June 12 at the college. The program is open to high school juniors in West Virginia. The winner receives four years of tuition and fees at West Virginia Wesleyan College. More information is available at www.wvscholar.com.