Ruth Ward Davis Memorial Nursing Scholarship Assists Many Students

Davis Scholarship

Current recipients of the Ruth Ward Davis Memorial Nursing Scholarship recently attended a reception held in honor of scholarship donors and recipients, which was sponsored by the PSC Alumni Association. Those in attendance are pictured (front row, left to right) with Campus President Leonard Colelli and include Megan Shaffer, Ruby Fridley, Kayla Bowers (received Kevin C. Robertson Memorial Scholarship), Ashley Rexroad, and Natalie Tracey. Back row: Lauren Leatherman, Holly Keller (also received Shirley Ann Hess Scholarship), Logan Harmon, Allison Tichnell, Autumn Dishman, and Alexandra Sheridan.

The Ruth Ward Davis Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established at Potomac State in 2007 with the assistance of Sandra J. Elmore. Ruth Ann Davis, Ph.D., professor emerita of biology and chemistry, retired from the College in 2001 after 18 years of service. The funds were donated in memory of her mother and were the largest donation to the College at that time.

This endowment provides undergraduate scholarships for freshmen students enrolled in the College’s pre-med and pre-nursing programs. All recipients must be in good academic standing with first preferences given to high school graduates of Mineral County, West Virginia. Recipients who receive the scholarship during their freshmen year are also eligible to receive the scholarship during their sophomore year, provided they achieve and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Dr. Davis was passionately devoted to Potomac State and it showed in her commitment to her students. Ronna Monseau, M.D., a former student had this to say about Dr. Davis, “I remember that after exams, Dr. Ann Davis would bring each student into her office to go over what we missed on that test. By the time I got to WVU, I had the focus and knowledge I needed for med school.”

Dr. Davis, who was also a graduate of PSC, Class of ’56, began her teaching career at the College in 1984 and was named ‘Outstanding Professor of the Year’ in 1991. She served for many years as an advisor of the Life Sciences Club and the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society. She was also a life-long member of the West Virginia Association for Women in Higher Education and the American Association of University Women.