Scholarships help ease student debt

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, students receiving some form of financial aid ranges from 83 to 90 percent which can be in the form of grants, loans or scholarships.

“The cost of a college education can add up fast,” said Terry Falkowski, who serves as an adjunct instructor in chemistry at Potomac State College. Falkowski and her mother, Patricia Harman, established the Chester D. Harman, MD Memorial Scholarship at Potomac State in 1998, “… to assist students from Grant and Pendleton Counties in West Virginia who might otherwise have trouble paying for their college education,” said Falkowski.

The scholarship is named in memory of Falkowski’s father and provides financial support for a freshman and sophomore majoring in pre-medicine or pre-pharmacy. “My dad practiced medicine in Gant County for more than 30 years. He attended Circleville High School and graduated first in his class, so it was important to establish this scholarship since he placed such high standards on a college education,” stated Falkowski.

Falkowski also mentioned that members of the Harman Family have attended PSC since it was a Preparatory School, with two members being enrolled for classes when the school first opened in 1902.

   Regarding the importance of an education and scholarships, Falkowski had this to say, “It’s a privilege being able to assist students as they earn their degrees, academically and financially.”

For further information about establishing a scholarship, contact PSC Development Director Lucas Taylor at 304-788-6995 or at