Joseph Badgley Minority Scholarship

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Joseph Badgley Minority Scholarship

The Joseph Badgley Minority Scholarship was established in November 2017. This scholarship is made available to self-identified minority students enrolled at West Virginia University at Parkersburg with the intent of completing a degree in elementary education. The first award was offered in August 2018.

Scholarship Recipient

Mariah is an Ohio resident that is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Her interests include line dancing and spending time with family. This self-proclaimed “cat-lady” is actively involved with the local 4-H and FFA programs. Her biggest inspiration is a close friend that struggles with learning disabilities. Her persistence and attitude influenced Mariah’s desire to help other children achieve success. Her family, her boyfriend and her church support her in her dream of becoming an educator. She is very excited to be selected as the first recipient of the Dr. Joseph Badgley Minority Scholarship.

“I am blessed to have this wonderful opportunity and thank you for helping me pursue my education.”
Mariah Mason 2018


Scholarship Recipient


Dr. Joseph L. Badgley earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Glenville State College in 1970 and completed a master’s in curriculum and instruction in 1971 and Ed.D. in early childhood education in 1979, both from West Virginia University. He began his tenure at WVU Parkersburg (then Parkersburg Community College) in 1974. He developed the institution’s bachelor’s degree program in elementary education in 1989. In 1991 he became the first chair of the education division and led the program to national accreditation.

Dr. Badgley was chosen academic dean in 2000, and served as interim president in 2003-2004. He was appointed executive dean for academic affairs in 2004 and remained in that role until he returned to the education division faculty in 2007.

After 34 years of service to WVU Parkersburg, in 2008 Dr. Badgley was chosen as president of West Virginia State Community & Technical College in Institute, WV. Dr. Badgley led the college to independence including moving to a newly renovated campus facility in South Charleston, WV in 2012 and renaming the institution as Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College (KVCTC).
He retired from KVCTC as president emeritus in August of 2013.