ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College and Davis Trust Company share strong ties dating from their founding to their present day operations. In keeping with their commitment to serving the community, Davis Trust has again partnered with the College to fully sponsor a Highlands Scholarship with a $12,500 gift for the 2017-2018 academic year.
“Davis Trust Company bank, board and stockholders are more than happy to support the Highlands Scholars program,” said Davis Trust Company President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Price. “It’s definitely worth it because it’s a benefit to the community.”
Davis Trust Company has been a leader in funding the Highlands Scholar program since 2010, and prior to that supported the Randolph County Scholarship Fund for many years.
Davis & Elkins College and Davis Trust share a history that goes back more than 100 years. Both institutions were founded by Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen B. Elkins – the bank in 1899 and the College in 1904.
“We are grateful to Davis Trust Company and Mike Price for their continued support of the Highlands Scholarship,” said Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood. “In turn, we look forward to providing a local student with the opportunity to attend Davis & Elkins College.”
This year’s recipient is Elkins resident Mataya Taylor. A 2017 graduate of Elkins High School, Taylor was a member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and Health Occupations Students of America. She is the daughter of Robert Taylor and Jill Taylor, both of Elkins.
“I am honored to receive the Highlands Scholarship sponsored by Davis Trust Company,” said Taylor, who majors in pre-nursing. “I’m really happy to be attending Davis & Elkins College because I like the atmosphere of a small college where I have a chance to experience everything.”
The Highlands Scholar program was established in 2009 as a means of making a private college education more affordable and more accessible, and initially served students in Randolph, Upshur, Barbour, Pocahontas, Tucker, Pendleton and Webster counties. In 2015, the program expanded to all eligible graduates with at least a 2.5 GPA from any public or private West Virginia high school. The average award ranges from $14,000 to $19,000 for residential students and $11,000 to $16,000 for commuter students.
The Highlands Scholarship is made possible through the generous gifts of individuals and businesses, and is offered to qualifying high school seniors every year. Anyone wishing to support a Highlands Scholarship may call Director of Development Karen Wilmoth at 304-637-1374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. West Virginia students wishing to apply for a Highlands Scholarship may call the Office of Admission at 304-637-1230.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Davis Trust Company President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Price, left, presents a check to Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood for a full sponsorship of a Highlands Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year.