Mary Grace Beverage, a senior at Pocahontas County High School, has been awarded a $5,000 per year Citizens Bank of West Virginia Emerging Leaders Scholarship to Davis & Elkins College for a total of $20,000 over four years.

Davis & Elkins, Citizens Bank of West Virginia and WDTV partnered for a second year to offer the unique scholarship competition. All 2023 West Virginia high school graduates, whether attending a public, private or homeschool, with a 3.25 or higher GPA were eligible to apply. Impressed with the high caliber of applicants, College officials decided to offer multiple scholarships in addition to the selection of one student who received a full, four-year scholarship.

Applicants were required to submit a list of high school and community activities, along with an essay based on the topic, “If you receive this scholarship, how will you pay it forward to the state of West Virginia?”

Beverage is the daughter of Marsha and Gray Beverage of Dunmore. At Pocahontas County High School, Beverage is a member of National Honor Society, the school band, color guard, the softball team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Outside of school, she is a member of 4-H.

At Davis & Elkins College, Beverage plans to major in nursing.

Davis & Elkins College offers more than 45 academic programs. Multiple scholarship opportunities are available including the College’s annual $5.4 million investment in West Virginia students. For additional information, call 304-637-1230 or visit

Mary Grace Beverage

Mary Grace Beverage