ELKINS – For the second consecutive year, Elkins resident Mataya Taylor has been selected as the recipient of the Davis Trust Company Davis & Elkins College Highlands Scholarship. The local bank made its annual gift of $12,500 to fund the scholarship for one year.
A nursing major, Taylor will graduate in May with an associate in science degree. She hopes to work at a Morgantown hospital in the medical-surgical unit and later in the operating room while continuing her education with the D&E RN to BSN online program.
“Receiving the Highlands Scholarship has really helped me further my education,” said Taylor, a 2017 graduate of Elkins High School. “I think it’s fantastic that a local business invests their money in a local student. I am truly grateful.”
Taylor is the daughter of Robert Taylor and Jill Taylor, both of Elkins.
Davis Trust Company has been a leader in funding the Highlands Scholarship program since 2010, and prior to that supported the Randolph County Scholarship Fund for many years.
“At Davis Trust Company, we believe it is very important to partner with the community,” said Davis Trust Company President and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Hitchcock. “In partnering with Davis & Elkins College, we are pleased to support the Highlands Scholarship program and help a Randolph County student fulfill a dream to attend our local college.”
Davis & Elkins College and Davis Trust Company share ties dating back to their inceptions as both institutions were founded by Henry Gassaway Davis and Stephen B. Elkins.
“Working in unison for the common good is what community is all about,” said D&E President Chris A. Wood. “Davis Trust Company’s continued support of the Highlands Scholarship program is the perfect example of a collaboration that in turn benefits our community. We are most grateful for their partnership.”
The Highlands Scholar program was established in 2009 as a means of making a private college education more affordable and more accessible. It 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.
To date, more than 1,000 students have received the Highlands Scholarship award. The College invested $4.7 million in the scholarship program for the 2018-2019 academic year.
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.
Davis Trust Company D&E Highlands Scholar Mataya Taylor, second from right, is congratulated by D&E President Chris A. Wood, right, and, at left, Davis Trust Company President and Chief Executive Officer Hugh Hitchcock and Davis Trust Company Executive Vice President Rachel Hayes.
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.