Julian Richard Hitt, a senior at South Harrison High School, has been awarded a $15,000 per year Citizens Bank of West Virginia Emerging Leaders Scholarship to Davis & Elkins College for a total of $60,000 over four years.

Davis & Elkins College, Citizens Bank of West Virginia and WDTV partnered for a third year to offer the unique scholarship competition. All 2024 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?”

Hitt is the son of Annette and Ricky Hitt of Clarksburg. At South Harrison High School, Hitt is a member of the Youth Leadership Association, Christians in Action, a member of Horizons Youth Worship Band, a part of the Prom Committee; he has played on the basketball team all four years of high school and is a member of the National Honors Society. He is employed by the city of Bridgeport and a volunteer at One King Sports.

At Davis & Elkins College, Hitt plans to major in Pre-Dental.

Davis & Elkins College offers more than 40 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 www.dewv.edu/admissions.