WVWC announces winner of West Virginia Scholar program
BUCKHANNON — One of the largest applicant pools for the West Virginia Scholar program in its 12-year history about 100 applicants led to some tough competition for a full tuition and room and board scholarship at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
At a luncheon Wednesday, Megan Meyer of Martinsburg and a rising senior of Hedgesville High School learned she was the winner out of 10 finalists.
“I really didn’t come in here thinking that I would win this amazing scholarship so I am just unbelievably happy right now,” she said minutes after learning of her win.
Meyer is planning to study nursing after seeing how illnesses and allergies affected her own family.
“I just see the need for medical help in our state in general and I want to be able to be that help,” she said.
Meyer also fell in love with the WVWC campus.
“I’ve been to a variety of college campus around the state and I’ve never seen something so compact and gorgeous,” she said. “I love the brick buildings and I love the layout in each room.”
In her acceptance speech, Meyer thanked everyone for the scholarship and her parents who told her to constantly apply for the scholarship.
“We are all leaders of the future but we are also leaders of the present,” she told her fellow finalists. “You guys are all going to do amazing things and I’m proud of each and every one of you.”
Elkins High School’s Sofia Triplett was the first runner-up and received a $5,000 per year scholarship over four years which she said will help. Triplett is considering a major in biology or a related field with possibly going to medical school in the future.
“Five thousand dollars (per year) will still make a huge difference,” she said. “I’m incredibly grateful. I’m very lucky and very blessed to have gotten this far.”
Garrett Davis, of Jane Lew, was named third runner-up and received a $2,500 scholarship per year over four years.
“Third place isn’t exactly what you want but it’s still humbling to know that out of the 10 best, I’m still in third place,” Davis said. It is a blessing and it does still help me with college. I am looking to go to Wesleyan as long as I can get some more scholarships.”
Davis said he liked the campus and the dorms but there was one Wesleyan landmark that stood out from the rest.
“I definitely love the chapel,” he said. “The chapel is awesome.”
Davis is exploring being a pharmacist for his future career.
All of the finalists received Wesleyan’s Presidential Scholarship plus $1,000 more, guaranteed placement into premium housing and a chance at other scholarship opportunities.
The program is sponsored by West Virginia Metro News, Culpepper Scholar Award, West Virginia Farm Bureau, ZMM Architects and Engineers, West Virginia Hospital Association, AIP Architectural Interior Products, West Virginia Coal Association, RBC Wealth Management, Friends of Coal and West Virginia Wesleyan College. Marvin and Elaine Culpepper continue to support the Culpepper Award that provides a portion of the funding for the program each year.