Walker receives Rotary’s Service Above Self Award at Potomac State

Chad Walker

Chad Walker, who is pursuing a bachelor of applied science degree in business management at Potomac State College of West Virginia University, was presented with the Keyser Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self”Award this past spring during the annual Weekend of Honors ceremonies.  Professor Emerita of Office Systems Technology Dinah Courrier presented the award.

Potomac State College of West Virginia University recently honored many of their students, faculty and staff with awards and recognition during its annual Weekend of Honors ceremonies. The Keyser Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self”Award was presented to Chad Walker by Professor Emerita of Office Systems Technology Dinah Courrier. 

Walker, from Inwood, W.Va., is a graduate of Musselman High School and is pursuing a bachelor of applied science degree in business management.

In addition to working with Plant Science Professor Donna Ballard to set up a hydroponics system at the College, Walker has also served as president of the Agriculture and Forestry Club and initiated many of the club’s activities, including promoting the annual Haunted Barn and Easter Egg Hunt, and coordinating efforts to assist a local family who lost everything in a fire.  He has assisted with the care of the College’s livestock and farms as well.

According to Rotary guidelines, the recipient of this award must demonstrate exemplary humanitarian service with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others. 

Walker served as the Rotaract Club president during the 2014-2015 year, which is the college level of Rotary International.  He was a devoted volunteer with Faith-In-Action (a local food pantry), where he helped out twice a week and even raised more than $800 for the Food Pantry by selling coupon booklets for them.

 “I always strive to do my best,” said Walker, adding, “One of my favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill, ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.’”

Walker is the son of Cami Rose and was featured in a past issue of “West Virginia Senior High,” a publication that’s distributed to high school seniors across the state which includes advice and perspectives from current college students.