ELKINS - Snowshoe Foundation has renewed its commitment to the Davis & Elkins College Highlands Scholar program with a gift of $14,000, and a Marlinton native has been chosen as the recipient.
Lyndsey Barlow, a D&E sophomore studying nursing, was awarded the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholarship during the annual Ice Dinner at Snowshoe Mountain Lodge Conference Center. She is the daughter of Jeff and Teresa Barlow of Marlinton.
Barlow, who hopes to become a neonatal nurse, says she is grateful to the Snowshoe Foundation for making it possible for her to receive the Highlands Scholarship award.
Davis & Elkins College student Lyndsey Barlow, center, is awarded the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholarship during the annual Ice Dinner at Snowshoe Mountain Lodge Conference Center. Attending the presentation are, from left, D&E Assistant Director of Development Support and Coordinator of Church Relations Tina Vial, Snowshoe Foundation Executive Director Jessica Stump, Barlow, D&E Vice President for Development Carol Schuler and Vice President of the Snowshoe Foundation Voras Haynes.
"Without this scholarship, it would simply not be possible for me to go to college at D&E,"
The Highlands Scholar program makes it possible for every qualified student from Randolph, Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties to receive a private college education at a reduced tuition cost. The average scholarship award ranges from $14,000 for residential students to $11,000 for commuting students.
"We are very grateful to have the support of the Snowshoe Foundation," D&E Vice President for Development Carol Schuler said. "They and other area leaders who are providing scholarships are helping to change these students' lives as well as investing in our region's economy. We feel fortunate to have the commitment and financial support of organizations, businesses and individuals throughout our area."
The Snowshoe Foundation serves Pocahontas, Webster and Randolph counties, with education as one of its focus areas. When D&E submitted a grant application, it was clear to the Snowshoe Foundation Board of Directors that the missions of the two organizations aligned and a natural partnership emerged.
"Supporting the Highlands Scholar program is one of the greatest things the Foundation has done, and we're very proud to be supporting this excellent program that makes a Davis & Elkins education affordable," said Voras Haynes, vice president of the Snowshoe Foundation Board of Directors.
Through the grant awards, the Snowshoe Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life in local communities in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, the arts, culture and the environment, with an emphasis on children, youth and family programs. Haynes said the majority of funding for the scholarship was raised through the annual Treasure on the Mountain $250,000 raffle benefit. This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 9.
For more information, visit the college website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.