Health care scholarships given to 11

The late M. William Adler died in 2002, but his name is carried on through the annual Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital’s (SJMH) scholarship


Eleven new recipients will be receiving help with their schooling as winners this year. The scholars include five students graduating from Gilmer County High School; four from Lewis County High School, and one from Buckhannon Upshur High School.

The M. William Adler Scholarship has provided close to $150,000 in funds for local students. At least 80 students have benefited from the program. Adler was a long-time board member of SJMH and a great proponent of education. The hospital decided that providing scholarships for local students going into a healthcare field would be a wonderful way to honor Adler. The scholarship is funded by an annual charity golf tournament a Stonewall Resort. This year’s event will be Oct. 14.

Each student and their educational and community involvement are as follows:

Emily Taylor of Buckhannon graduated from Buckhannon Upshur High School and plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan in nursing. She was a member of Health Occupation’s Student Association (HOSA). She earned a certification in phlebotomy. Her mother, Becky, is a nurse in the special delivery birthing unit at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Taylor Bound of Weston is pursuing a pharmacy degree at West Virginia University. She currently has a 3.8 GPA at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she has won a special scholar award this year and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She is extremely involved in her community. She has taught children about science via “Benzene Ring,” taught swim lessons, participated in the March of Dimes, Relay for Life, and the Cinderella Project.

Sierra Butcher of Cox’s Mills is a graduate of Gilmer County High School. She was involved in cheerleading, basketball, softball, track, FFA, and membership with special needs children. She plans on attending West Virginia Wesleyan to become a nurse. She has been involved in her community participating in 4-H, helping at an animal shelter, planting flowers at church and visiting the local rest home.

Sara Coombs of Cedarville graduated from Gilmer County High School with a 4.0 GPA. She served as president of the Honor Society; attended West Virginia Girls State and was a Gilmer County 4-H Heart and Head. She plans on attending the University of Charleston in pre-pharmacy.

Micah Ford of Weston graduated from Lewis County High School with a 4.0 GPA. She was very involved in school and her community. She was vice-president of the National Honor Society; a member of student council; Team Green president and vice president; yearbook editor; sports editor, Read Aloud participant; belonged to Chemistry Club, Pep Club and Read Aloud. She was the 2014 vice president; on homecoming court, prom committee; powder puff captain; 2013 homecoming queen; four-year volleyball varsity letterman and captain; second team Bit 10 All Conference volleyball; basketball letterman, three-year track letterman, and student of the month. She plans on attending Pierpont Community and Technical College to attain a degree in radiology


Emily Hathaway of Weston gradated from Lewis County High School with a 4.04. She plans on attending West Virginia University in pharmacy. Emily was very involved in high school participating in National Honor Society; Interact Club, School Improvement Council, Pep Club, Future Business Leaders of America; Future Farmers of America, Team Green, Foreign Language Club; Chem Club, varsity cheerleader captain, cheerleading squad, and cheerleading competition squad. She also won a variety of special honors included the DAR Good Citizen Winner; Sophomore of the Year; Junior of the Year; student of the month in her sophomore and junior years; cheerleading honors; Goldenseal Photography winner; class princes freshman and senior years; honor roll for seven semesters; and more.

Kayla Heater of Orlando graduated from Gilmer County High School and plans on attending West Virginia Wesleyan in the nursing program. Heater has always indicated a desire to become a nurse throughout her academic career.

Nicole Rader of Linn plans on attending Glenville State College with the goal of going into radiology. She was a member of the softball team, FFA, Rocketry Club, class princess; 2013 homecoming queen. She enjoyed on the job training at Minnie Hamilton and volunteers in the radiology department there.

Hannah Roberts of Cox’s Mills graduated from Gilmer County High School with a 4.0 GPA. She plans on attending Glenvile State College. She was very active in high school serving on student council, vice president of her junior class; president of her senior year; National Honor Society; HOBY representative; Girls State; EQT Student of Excellence; Metro/News AARP Scholar Athlete; and Glenville State College Honors program.

Melissa Seabolt of Weston graduated from Lewis County High School with 3.8 GPA and plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College in nursing. She has been very active in high school career. She participated in Friends of Rachel Club, Spanish Club, Read Aloud, Track and Field and Youth Alive. She was English 9 student of the year; attended Girls State. She has participated in a number of charitable undertakings traveling to Cuba to help people there. She is also very involved in the St. Matthew Church Youth Group.

Jacob Vankirk of Weston graduated from Lewis County High School and plans to attend West Virginia University in pharmacy. During high school he participated in FFA, the Spanish Club and worked on a variety of other projects. His mother, Aimee, is a longtime employee as the secretary at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Adler Scholarship is administered by SJMH employees. All of the donations go directly to students. The only prerequisites are that a student must be a Gilmer or Lewis County resident, will be attending a school in West Virginia; are pursuing a healthcare degree and children or grandchildren of SJMH employees.