Valley High School senior Kaitlyn Akers was one of five West Virginia high school seniors introduced in Morgantown Monday as recipients of West Virginia University's most prestigious scholarship.
According to a release from WVU University Relations, Akers joined four other state seniors in the newest class of Foundation Scholars. Besides Akers, the 2015 Foundation Scholars are Cristin Dolan, Wheeling Park High School; Abigale Gellner, St. Marys High School; Lindsey Keplinger, Braxton County High School; and Noah LeGrand, Huntington High School.
“Each of our five Foundation Scholars has a passionate interest in the world around them,” President Gordon Gee said in the press release. “They are all thoughtful people who want to use their talents to help others. I am impressed with Abby, Kaitlyn, Cristin, Noah and Lindsey and welcome them to West Virginia University.”
Established in 1987, the Foundation Scholarship, when coupled with the state’s PROMISE Scholarship, will provide Akers and the other four incoming freshmen more than $80,000 to cover the costs for four years of undergraduate studies, including tuition and fees, room and board and a book stipend. They will also get a $4,500 stipend to be utilized to study abroad or enhance their academic opportunities via internships or the like.
To qualify, students must meet a rigorous set of criteria, including holding West Virginia residency, possessing a minimum GPA of 3.8 and achieving a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT or 1,340 on the SAT college entrance exams, according to the press release.
“It means everything to me,” Akers said in the WVU release. “I love that I’m sending the message that hard work pays off.”
"She is going to be very, very successful no matter what she does," Valley High School Principal Lee Loy said last week of Akers, who has indicated plans to major in psychology and then enroll in medical school to become a psychiatrist.
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