Tucker Community Foundation hosted its first Scholarship Reception June 11 at Canaan Valley Institute in Davis.
The meet and greet presented an opportunity for donors who endowed a scholarship fund to connect with the students who received this year's award. The TCF Class of 2014 includes students from five counties receiving awards totaling $64,200.
As each student stood and introduced themselves and shared their educational plans, the gathering highlighted the diverse interests and talent within the room. Among those attending:
- Sheena Williams of Canaan Valley attended with daughter, Estoria. Recipient of the Ryan Gosa Memorial Scholarship, Williams will study dance at Davis & Elkins College.
- Bethany Friend of Davis attended with her mother, Jennifer. Recipient of the Jillian Roberts and Matilde Villalobos Millennium Scholarship, Friend will study emergency medical services at Pierpont.
- Emily White of Red Creek attended with her parents, Bonnie and Larry White. Recipient of a Kep and Alice Smith Scholarship, White will pursue a degree in pharmacy at West Virginia University.
- Jacob Smith of Preston County, recipient of a TCF Directors' General Scholarship, will pursue a degree in petroleum engineering at Marietta College. TCF board member Cheryl Nestor DeBerry, of Garrett County, was on hand to congratulate Smith. DeBerry was one of the Foundation's first scholarship recipients, receiving a four-year, $1,000 award in 1991 to study Business Marketing at West Virginia Wesleyan
- Cheyenne Earle of Grant County attended with her parents, Jay and Melissa Earle. Recipient of the Madeline R. and Lester E. Miller Scholarship, Earle will study biology at Potomac State College.
- Joannah Dyer of Preston County attended with her parents, Melisa and Jeromy Dyer, and grandmother, Karen Baum. Recipient of the Forrest G. Clark Scholarship, Dyer will study athletic training at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
- Gretchen Kaler of Randolph County attended with her mother, LeAnn, and step-father, Perry Nutter. Recipient of the Dr. Mary Alice Klein Scholarship, Kaler will study elementary education at Marshall University.
- Sarah Hicks of Tucker County, recipient of the first Crimson Shamrock Scholarship Award, will pursue postgraduate studies in nursing. Fund Advisor and TCF Board member Dr. David Moran was on hand to congratulate her.
- Michael Beckwith of Randolph County attended with his mother, Margaret Kerr Beckwith. Recipient of the Joseph R. Steffl Scholarship, Beckwith will pursue pre-med at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
- David Glus of Grant County attended with his parents, Christina and Anthony David. Recipient of the Kline, Evans, Allison Fund, Glus will study mechanical engineering at Fairmont University. Linda Evans and Ruby Kline Allison established the scholarship fund in 2008 to honor the memory of Ralph H. Kline and Blucher F. Allison, Jr. Donors Linda Evans and Ruby Kline Allison were on hand to congratulate Glus on his award.
- Amanda Gibson of Pocahontas County attended with her parents, Patrick and Sarah Gibson. Recipient of a TCF Directors' General Scholarship, Gibson is attending Marshall University to study print journalism.
- Caroline Adams of Tucker County, recipient of the Doug and Betty Preble Scholarship, is pursuing a degree in Hospitality Management at Davis & Elkins College.
- Savannah Ambrose of Tucker County attended with her mother, Melanie. Recipient of the Walter and Mary Shaffer Helmick Scholarship, Ambrose plans to study communications at West Virginia University.
- Cassandra Fultz of Preston County attended with Rodney, Kelley and Caralie Fultz. Fultz plans to study elementary education at Fairmont State University with the help of the Robert W. Minear, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
- Ian Nichols of Tucker County was represented by his parents, Kathy and Shawn Nichols. Unable to attend due to a previous commitment, Nichols was awarded the P.L. and Elizabeth Cook Milkint Scholarship.
Also in attendance from the Foundation were David Cooper, president; Rob Burns, executive director; Diane Hinkle, development director, and Carol Gwinn, volunteer office assistant. Food was provided by White Grass Cafe.
Scholarship awards ranged from $1,000 to $8,500. Tucker Community Foundation is in its 25th year of operation and currently manages 30 endowed Scholarship Funds, 58 endowed Grant Funds, and six Unrestricted Funds. Endowing a fund provides an opportunity for donors to invest in students and local causes within the Foundation's eight- county service area.
For more information on Tucker Community Foundation, call the main office at 304-478-2930 or the TCF Development Office at 304-259-5008.