Buckhannon student receives scholarship

A Buckhannon student attending Fairmont State University has been awarded the 2014-2015 Sgt. Todd May Memorial Scholarship.

Aimee Knight, a senior Criminal Justice major, was presented with the scholarship during the FSU College of Liberal Arts Academic Awards Ceremony in May. She joins past scholarship recipients Cory Frasco and Tyler Hawkins.

“As the Fairmont State family, we are so proud of our students and former students in the Criminal Justice program who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting others, knowing that they may one day be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice,” said Dr. Maria Rose, president of Fairmont State University. “Sgt. May’s legacy will continue at Fairmont State by helping other students pursue their educational and career goals.”

The scholarship was established in 2012 by a committee of family, friends and co-workers to honor Sgt. Michael Todd May, a 10-year veteran of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, who was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 18, 2012. The endowed fund is designed to benefit students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at FSU. Eligible students are required to submit an essay to the committee describing their career goals and aspirations, and recipients are selected based on a competitive review process.

“We are proud to continue Todd’s legacy at Fairmont State by providing a permanent scholarship fund to assist students pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice,” said William B. Armistead, president of the Fairmont State Foundation. “His service and dedication to our community will never be forgotten.”

A 1988 graduate of Morgantown High School, May attended Fairmont State, where he pursued a degree in Criminal Justice. At Fairmont State, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He later graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in Institute.

After working briefly at the Eastern Regional Corrections facility and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, May began his career with the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department in Morgantown. In his role with the department, May was assigned as a leader on its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, was a shift supervisor and earned the rank of sergeant. He also served as president of the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Association.

Events to raise funds for this award take place throughout the year and include a golf tournament and poker run. Contributions to the Sgt. Michael Todd May Memorial Fund can be made at any Clear Mountain Bank. Donations may be mailed to the Sgt. Michael Todd May Memorial Fund, Attn: Tammy White, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, 116 Walnut St., Morgantown, WV 26505.