WVU Parkersburg recognizes PROMISE Scholars

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Parkersburg, W.Va. 5/31/12 – Forty PROMISE Scholarship recipients will begin their first year at West Virginia University at Parkersburg this fall. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the PROMISE scholarship program. The award covers tuition and fees up to $4,750 at approved two-year and four-year colleges and universities in West Virginia.

The program was launched in 2002 under the leadership of former Governor Bob Wise, former state senator Lloyd Jackson, II and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, who previously served as senate president. Since the program’s creation, more than 32,000 students have been awarded the scholarship, and more than $315 million has been provided to help West Virginians attend college. Governor Tomblin said those funds represent a valuable investment in our state.

“Ten years ago, West Virginia made a promise to its young people: if you work hard, earn good grades, and fully commit to pursuing a college education in our state, we will help you pay for a college education. That promise is paying off today for students and their families – but more important for our state. Research shows that receiving the PROMISE Scholarship helps ensure that our students graduate from college, because the program requires students to maintain a high grade point average and take a rigorous course load,” Tomblin said.

“Additionally, more than 60 percent of PROMISE Scholars work in state after graduation. To meet workforce demands and grow our economy, West Virginia needs additional qualified college graduates. The PROMISE Scholarship is a valuable tool in helping keep young, bright West Virginians active in our local communities and across our Great State.”

To receive the PROMISE Scholarship, students must obtain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, an overall ACT score of 22 and a score of at least 20 in each of four ACT subject areas. The following prospective WVU Parkersburg students were awarded the PROMISE Scholarship this year:

Raven ltenburger, Ripley High School
Benjamin Amos, Williamstown High School
Catherine Anderson, Ravenswood High School
Lindsay Boothe, Parkersburg South High School
Alyssa Brozak, Ripley High School
Hayley Cutlip, Wood County Christian School
Sarah Duvall, Parkersburg High School
Ian Elmore, Parkersburg South High School
Katie Erb, Parkersburg High School
Samantha Faber, Ripley High School
Kellsey Fleak, Parkersburg South High School
Gary Forshey, Parkersburg South High School
Katelyn Fox, Ripley High School
Kinsey Fox, Ripley High School
Kyle Gibbs, Parkersburg South High School
Benjamin Gray, Wood County Christian School
Tayler Harri,s St. Marys High School
Corey Hess, Parkersburg South High School
Rachel Hogsett, Parkersburg South High School
Aaron Lamp, Parkersburg South High School
Lane Lemon, Parkersburg High School
Macie Lynch, Parkersburg South High School
Jarrod Maidens, Williamstown High School
Byron Matlack, St. Marys High School
Chloee Metz, Ripley High School
Brandi Munday, Ripley High School
Nathan Napier, Ritchie County High School
Megan Pitts, Parkersburg High School
Jenna Poole, Parkersburg South High School
Serena Reynolds, Wood County Christian School
Andrew Ruble, Tyler Consolidated High School
Tessa Sall, Parkersburg High School
Terrance Shank, Parkersburg High School
Ashley Snyder, Ritchie County High School
Lynzee Springston, Williamstown High School
April Vermilye, Parkersburg South High School
Ronald Vest, Ripley High School
Hannah Watkins, Wirt County High School
Britney White, Parkersburg High School
Bridgette Woodward, Parkersburg High School

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