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Hedrick awarded Highlands Scholarship

Submitted photo Elkins resident Aidan Hedrick, center, was selected as the most recent Davis Trust Co. D&E Highlands Scholar. Congratulating him are, from left, D&E Vice President for Enrollment and Institutional Advancement Dr. Rosemary Thomas, Davis Trust Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Hitchcock, Davis Trust Company Executive Vice President Rachel Hayes and D&E President Chris A. Wood.

ELKINS — In continuing their commitment to invest in the local community, Davis Trust Co. has again partnered with Davis & Elkins College to fully sponsor a Highlands Scholarship with a $12,500 gift. Elkins resident Aidan Hedrick has been selected as the recipient.

“As a community bank it’s important to give back to the community,” said DTC President and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Hitchcock. “In partnering with Davis & Elkins College, we are pleased to support the Highlands Scholarship program for several years now.”

Davis Trust Co. has been a leader in funding the Highlands Scholarship program since 2010, and prior to that supported the Randolph County Scholarship Fund for many years.

Davis & Elkins College and Davis Trust Co. share ties dating back to their inceptions as both institutions were founded by Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen B. Elkins.

“Community partnership is the cornerstone of what makes us grow and prosper as a whole,” said Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood. “We are most grateful of Davis Trust Co.’s continued support of the Highlands Scholarship program as a prime example of community collaboration.”

Hedrick, a 2019 graduate of Elkins High School, serves as an E3 in the 201st Field Artillery West Virginia Army National Guard. After completing Basic Combat Training and Advanced Infantry Training in Missouri, he began his studies at D&E in the spring 2020 semester majoring in nursing.

“I chose D&E because I prefer the one-on-one interaction and there are a lot of great professors,” Hedrick said. “I want to thank Davis Trust Co. for their contribution to the Highland Scholarship, which not only helps me, but many of my fellow classmates attend Davis & Elkins College.”

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hedrick was deployed to state active duty. Based in Fairmont, Hedrick and his unit conducted COVID-19 tests throughout the state and traveled to businesses delivering U.S. Centers for Disease Control information packets that focused on the proper procedures for disinfecting surfaces and proper application and removal of personal protective equipment. He also received basic hazmat training.

The son of Roger and Casey Hedrick of Elkins, Hedrick dedicated several years to scouting and earned the rank of Eagle Scout after constructing a prayer garden at St. Brendan Catholic Church where he and his family are members. He also served as a Royal Scout in the 77th Mountain State Forest Festival in 2013.

The Highlands Scholar program was established in 2009 as a means of making a private college education more affordable and more accessible. It initially served students in Randolph, Upshur, Barbour, Pocahontas, Tucker, Pendleton and Webster counties. In 2015, the program expanded to all eligible graduates with at least a 2.5 GPA from any public or private West Virginia high school.

The Highlands Scholarship is made possible through the generous gifts of individuals and businesses and is offered to qualifying high school seniors every year. Anyone wishing to support a Highlands Scholarship may call Senior Director of Development Cathy Nosel at 304-637-1339 or email noselc@dewv.edu. West Virginia students wishing to apply for a Highlands Scholarship may call the Office of Admission at 304-637-1230.

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