The Snowshoe Foundation has continued its partnership with Davis & Elkins College by funding a full-year $14,000 Highlands Scholarship. For the third consecutive year, Montrose resident Brandon Isenhart will hold the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholarship at Davis & Elkins College.
A senior, Isenhart is the son of John and Tiffany Isenhart and majors in physical education.
“Receiving the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholarship at Davis & Elkins College is an honor and a great opportunity,” Isenhart said. “It has allowed me to further my education and prepare me for graduate school where I will study to become an athletic trainer.”
The award was announced at the Autumn in the Alleghenies Benefit Dinner.
The Snowshoe Foundation serves Pocahontas, Webster and Randolph counties, with education as one of its focus areas. When D&E initially submitted a grant application, it was clear to the Snowshoe Foundation Board of Directors that the missions of the two organizations aligned and a natural partnership emerged. Since 2014, the Snowshoe Foundation has committed to the Davis & Elkins College Highlands Scholar Program with an annual gift of $14,000 or more.
“The Snowshoe Foundation is happy to support Davis & Elkins College by funding a Highlands Scholarship for an area student,” said Snowshoe Foundation Board President Voras Haynes Jr. “The Foundation believes that the College is vital to our local area and that funding a scholarship for a local student assists the student while supporting our local college and all the benefits that come from having an excellent educational institution within our community. The Highlands Scholar program makes a college education affordable for in-state students and allows our kids to obtain high quality degrees from a highly respected school.”
The Highlands Scholar program was established in 2009 as a means of making a private college education more affordable and more accessible. Each year, Davis & Elkins College invests $5.4 million in West Virginia students through the Highlands Scholar program. West Virginia public, private and home-schooled graduates who have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA could qualify to receive between $60,000 and $80,000 in scholarships over a four-year period.
“Affordability and opportunity are the keys for local students who wish to pursue quality higher education at Davis & Elkins College,” said Davis & Elkins College President Chris A. Wood. “Thank you to the Snowshoe Foundation for their continuing partnership and ongoing financial support for deserving local students like Brandon. The Snowshoe Foundation is investing in our young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders.”
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 Senior Director of Institutional Advancement Cathy Nosel at 304-637-1339 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 or visit www.dewv.edu/highlandswv/.