Alumna Marge Vorous names Potomac State College in will

Leonard Colelli, provost at Potomac State College (PSC) of West Virginia University, announced that Margaret E. Vorous, a graduate of the class of 1967 and resident of Inwood, W.Va., has included a gift provision in her ‘Last Will and Testament’ to include Potomac State. Funds from her estate will be split into equal shares and used to establish the Margaret Estelle Vorous Scholarship Fund and the Potomac State College Faculty Enrichment Fund.

The scholarship fund will provide scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled at Potomac State who are interested in teaching and who demonstrate academic promise. The faculty enrichment fund will provide support for professional growth and development to a PSC faculty member for a two-year period.

Margaret Vorous
Margaret E. Vorous

“Potomac State is so near and dear to my heart. I am so grateful to the College for giving me the opportunity to attend college and obtain such an excellent education for continued success at other universities. Here I was, a very shy high school student, but all that changed when I attended Potomac State and took Dr. Betty Atwater’s speech class. She brought me out of my shell.”

Vorous enjoys attending many of the College functions and volunteers her time in assisting Libby Nichols, alumni/development associate, with various events from coordinating alumni dinners in her area, to handing out nametags at alumni events. She is also a vocal endorser for the College, recruiting students by letting them know, “…what a wonderful experience and great education you’ll receive at Potomac State!”

Vorous is a retired librarian and media specialist who also served as a classroom/LD/gifted/ABE/GED teacher and GED Chief Examiner, and Adult Education Coordinator. She has actively volunteered at Inwood Head Start for the past four years, serving as a storyteller, reader and librarian.

After graduating from Potomac State, Vorous earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. She also earned a second master’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.

Vorous was recognized in 2008 by the College when they honored her with the ‘Distinguished Service Award’ for her contributions and dedication to PSC. She was also recognized by Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md. at their 26th Annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature with the ‘Betty Roemmelmeyer Literature Advocate Award.’

Vorous is in her third term of serving on the PSC Alumni Board of Directors, is a member of ‘The Church Society,’ the ‘Irvin Stewart Society,’ and the ‘Name a Brick’ campaign at the College.

“I truly love Potomac State and have such fond memories of attending college there, so I’m thrilled that I can remember them financially by giving students and faculty an opportunity to become better educated.”