Jacob Richards named Outstanding Student of the Year

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Jacob Richards (right) was recently recognized as the “E. William Noland Outstanding Student” for 2014 at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, during their annual ‘Weekend of Honors.’ Presenting the award was Campus President Leonard Colelli.

Jacob Richards, a resident of Fairmont, W.Va., has been named the “E. William Noland Outstanding Student” for 2014 at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. He was also recognized as a Whitmore/Gates Scholar with the inscription of his name on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall during the recent Weekend of Honors events.

Richards is a pre-pharmacy major and was awarded the Powell General Chemistry Award for 2013. He is a PROMISE! Scholar, and the recipient of the Lulu May Heskitt Scholarship, the Jacob David Bower Memorial Scholarship, and the Fairmont Senior High School Foundation Scholarship. He is a member of the College’s Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society and has already been accepted into the West Virginia University School of Pharmacy for Fall 2014.

He is a member of The Ski Club and serves as president of the Life Science Club which has been involved with various projects such as planting trees, raising money for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia and assisted with clean-up on a local river.  He has been named to the President’s List for all semesters that he’s attended Potomac State and boasts a grade point average of 4.0.   He was also awarded Eagle Scout status in January 2011 for designing, building and installing a garden box at a local nursing home.

Richards served as a lab assistant in the biology department and expressed what a great opportunity it has been because it has given him valuable hands-on experience learning the process behind making the labs student-ready.

Additionally, Richards previously worked at the Mary Lou Retton Park in Fairmont, W.Va. and as an engineering intern with the NASA IV & V Engineering Apprenticeship Program.

Volunteer work includes five, week-long mission trips to Sevierville, Tenn., Ringgold, Ga., Cherokee, N.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and War, W.Va. where he assisted with a variety of projects including interior and exterior painting, roofing, clean-up, and building porches. He has also helped with projects through his church youth group including delivering fruit baskets, raking leaves, working in a soup kitchen, and participating in an annual program to raise awareness and donations for worldwide children’s hunger.

Furthermore, Richards is CPR and First Aid Certified by the American Red Cross. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, running, sports, playing guitar, and traveling. Richards is a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and the son of Rodney and Beverly Richards.