Alexis Nelson, a senior at Harman 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?”

Nelson is the daughter of Linda and Mark Teter of Dryfork. At Harman High School, Nelson is a cheerleader and a member of the Panthers Girls Basketball Team. At her school, she volunteers for the athletics concession stand and various student event committees. During the summer, she volunteers with Vacation Bible School.

At Davis & Elkins College, Nelson plans to major in nursing to follow her childhood dream of working in the medical profession. She also intends to build her career in West Virginia.

“There is no job as noble as a nurse in this day and age,” Nelson wrote in her essay. “With the pandemic, nurses no longer just save lives, but put their own lives at risk by doing so.”

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

Alexis Nelson

Alexis Nelson