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Finalists named in 13th annual scholar program

BUCKHANNON — Fifteen of the top rising seniors in West Virginia have been named West Virginia Scholar Finalists and remain in competition for a full scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

The finalists include local students: Abigail Hannan, Elkins High School and Alex Thompson, Philip Barbour High School

The average GPA of the finalists is 3.9, with 11 of the 15 holding a perfect 4.0 GPA. Their academic interests include biology, business, education, English, graphic design, physics, psychology and social justice.

“This is another incredible cohort of West Virginia Scholar finalists,” said John Waltz, Wesleyan vice president for enrollment management. “Their essays reflect a heartfelt passion to help people and the state of West Virginia. These students are leaders who clearly have a desire to impact the world in profound ways.”

Beginning today, anyone can go to the MetroNews website and vote for their favorite finalist. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the 2020 West Virginia Scholars Luncheon on Wesleyan’s campus.

The winner will receive a four-year full scholarship which pays for tuition, fees, room and board. The first and second runner-up also receive generous scholarship awards.

“Our previous winners and finalists have excelled at Wesleyan and are now enjoying professional success in a variety of medical fields, law, business and public relations, and education. We are excited about the potential for greatness in this group of truly outstanding students,” Waltz said.

This is the 13th year for the West Virginia Scholar competition. The program is sponsored by West Virginia MetroNews, Friends of Coal, West Virginia Hospital Association, ZMM Architects & Engineers, RBC Wealth Management, West Virginia Farm Bureau and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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