ELKINS - For the third consecutive year, Zandra Kelly of Elkins has been selected as the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholar at Davis & Elkins College. The Snowshoe Foundation presented its gift to Kelly and the scholarship program during the annual Winter Benefit Dinner.
Kelly, a junior elementary education major, is the daughter of Susan and Eric Haller of Elkins.
“It’s a huge honor and privilege to represent Davis & Elkins College as the Snowshoe Highlands Scholar,” Kelly said. “If it wasn’t for this scholarship, hundreds of students like myself wouldn’t be able to attend college. I’m so thankful that the Snowshoe Foundation has made it possible for me to go to college.”
The Snowshoe Foundation has committed to the Davis & Elkins College Highlands Scholar Program since 2014 with an annual gift of $14,000 or more.
In 2015, the Highlands Scholar Program expanded to include qualified students in all of West Virginia’s 55 counties, making it possible for them to receive a private college education at a reduced tuition cost. Previously, the Highlands Scholar Program was open to students from Randolph, Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties. The average scholarship award ranges from $14,000 for residential students to $11,000 for commuting students.
“We are very happy to support the Highlands Scholarship Program,” said Snowshoe Foundation Board member Voras Haynes Jr. “We’re giving back to the community and at the same time helping students get a high quality education at Davis & Elkins College.”
The Snowshoe Foundation serves Pocahontas, Webster and Randolph counties, with education as one of its focus areas.
Through the grant awards, the Snowshoe Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life in local communities in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, the arts, culture and the environment, with an emphasis on children, youth and family programs. Haynes said the majority of funding for the scholarship was raised through the annual Treasure on the Mountain $250,000 raffle benefit. This year’s event will take place on August 4.
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 & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood, second from left, accepts a check from Snowshoe Foundation Board member Voras Haynes Jr., second from right, for the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholarship. Zandra Kelly, center, is the recipient of the scholarship for the third consecutive year. Also attending the presentation are D&E First Lady Lisa Wood, left, and Chair of the D&E Sport Science Department Dr. Mary Ann DeLuca.