West Virginia Wesleyan College junior biology major Kaitlyn Noe has received the first Bly Family Scholarship for International Studies.
The Bly Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 by Suzan E. Bly, a WVWC graduate from 1968, in honor of her parents, Margaret and Shirley Bly, of Winchester, Va. In 2012, the scholarship was amended to support overseas travel. The Bly Family Scholarship for International Studies is a permanently endowed scholarship fund intended to foster a global perspective.
Noe will take part in a 25-day excursion to South Africa that will give her hands-on experience working in wildlife conservation. She will be completing research at Kruger National Park rehabilitating rescued, orphaned or injured wild animals at Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary and having hands-on encounters with game animals. Noe will collect data for ongoing conservation research and experience firsthand how a game reserve functions.
"I believe the best way to describe my thoughts on this opportunity is John Green's quotation, 'What is the point of being alive if you do not at least try to do something remarkable?'" Noe said in a news release.
Recipients must be of full-time status while showing need and merit, be involved in campus activities, demonstrate leadership skills and show potential for achievement.