D&E awarded Snowshoe Foundation grant

Davis & Elkins College has received a $14,000 grant from the Snowshoe Foundation to help support the Highlands Scholar Program.

The award will provide one-year scholarship funding for an eligible student from either Randolph, Webster or Pocahontas counties, all of which are served by the Snowshoe Foundation. The student who receives the award will be named the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholar.

“We are thrilled to be recipients of this grant as a tangible demonstration of our common mission – the higher education of West Virginia’s youth,” said Tina Vial, Davis & Elkins College coordinator of church relations and foundation support. “Investing in their present is an investment in West Virginia’s future.”

The Highlands Scholar program makes it possible for every qualified student from Randolph, Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties to receive a private college education at near the cost of state school tuition cost. The average scholarship award ranges from $14,000 for residential students to $11,000 for commuting students.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, 287 students are enrolled in the Highlands Scholar program.

Through the grant awards, the Snowshoe Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life in local communities in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, the arts, culture and the environment, with an emphasis on children, youth and family programs. Foundation board member Voras Haynes said the majority of funding for the scholarship was raised through the annual Treasure on the Mountain $250,000 raffle benefit. This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. 3.