Madison Hamrick, a senior at Webster County High School, has been awarded a $2,500 per year Citizens Bank of West Virginia Emerging Leaders Scholarship to Davis & Elkins College for a total of $10,000 over four years.

Davis & Elkins, Citizens Bank of West Virginia and WDTV partnered to offer the unique scholarship competition. All 2022 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?”

Hamrick is the daughter of Jimmy and Denise Hamrick of Cowen, West Virginia. At Webster County High School, she is a member of National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America and performs with the Highlander Showgirls. Athletically, she is a member of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams.

At Davis & Elkins College, Hamrick plans to major in hospitality and tourism management.

“I hope to learn and understand the hospitality and tourism industry in order to promote and improve the opportunities that are available in this beautiful state that I have had the pleasure of calling home,” Hamrick wrote.

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

Madison Hamrick

Madison Hamrick