Sarah Yoder, a senior at Gilmer County 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, Citizens Bank of West Virginia and WDTV partnered for a second year to offer the unique scholarship competition. All 2023 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?”

Yoder is the daughter of Eric and Barbara Yoder of Glenville. At Gilmer County High School, she is treasurer of the math honor society Mu Alpha Theta, secretary of the National Honor Society and treasurer of the senior class. She was instrumental in starting the school’s drama club. Athletically, Yoder is captain of the cheerleading squad and competition cheerleading squad, a member of the girls basketball team and the girls golf team where she earned fifth place in the state tournament.

Outside of school, Yoder helps operate her family’s business.

At Davis & Elkins College, Yoder plans to study pre-physical therapy.

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

Sarah Yoder

Sarah Yoder