Scholarship Donors honored at Dinner held at Potomac State

Alicia Loy
Alicia Loy, a senior criminal justice major from Romney, W.Va. speaks to donors of Potomac State College scholarships.  

Scholarship donors and award recipients recently enjoyed a dinner in their honor at Potomac State College of West Virginia University. Donors were able to connect with student recipients on a more personal level, which of course included discussions about future educational plans, career goals and a sincere thank you from each student.

Alicia Loy, a senior criminal justice major from Romney, W.Va. was the keynote speaker at the dinner.  “It is my honor and privilege to stand before everyone tonight and speak on behalf of all the student scholarship recipients,” said Loy, reminding the students that many of them would not be in college were it not for scholarships they received.  She then added, “Because of people like you, our magnanimous scholarship donors, I stand before you this evening and with your help, I have realized what is possible for me.”  Loy then shared with the group that she had just recently received the news of her acceptance into the WVU College of Law.

Loy encouraged those in attendance to let the donors know why they’re thankful for their scholarship and how it’s impacted their studies at Potomac State. 

Loy was previously nominated for the E. William Noland Outstanding Student Award, has been named to the President’s Lists for all semesters in which she has attended Potomac State, is a member of the Honors Program, and had her name inscribed on the Duke Anthony Whitmore/Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Academic Achievement Wall in 2015.    

Additionally, she earned the Promise Scholarship from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, received the Noah ‘Woody’ Anderson Scholarship and the Shenandoah Scholarship from the College, was awarded the Carl D. Stickley Scholarship by The Bank of Romney, and received the Lester Beavers Memorial Scholarship this year; all the while maintaining an actively involved student profile by serving on committees and advisory boards and as a member of various clubs on campus. 

She ended her comments by stating, “Like any good investment, your return may take some time to pay out, but I hope we will impress you with what we will accomplish because of your altruism.  There is no way to truly express the gratitude that we as scholarship recipients feel toward you, our scholarship donors.  On behalf of all student recipients, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication to our education.”

Anyone wanting to establish an endowment or donate to a scholarship can do so by contacting Lucas Taylor, director of development, at 304-788-6995 or at lstaylor@mail.wvu.edu.  

Donor Mary Murphy

PSC Bookstore Manager Mary Murphy (left), donor representative for the Dr. Allen E. Murphy Scholarship, poses with the recipient, Katelyn Davis, an environmental geoscience major from Keyser, W.Va. 

 Donors Joan and Larry Bolyard

Joan (left) and Larry (right) Bolyard, representatives of the Larry G. Bolyard Sr. Scholarship, enjoyed spending time with Beau Horner, a physical education major who received the Harley O. Staggers Sr. Scholarship; Matilda Pollet, a secondary education major who received the Skip Hackworth Scholarship; and Justin Wertman, a civil engineering major who received the Thomas and Thelma O’Connor Scholarship.  All three students are from Keyser, W.Va.

 Donors Judge C. Reeves and Regina Taylor

Donor Rupert Bosley (left) enjoyed dinner and conversation with Students Sara Sredy, a pre-medical laboratory science major from Somerset, Pa.; Darren Smith, a criminal justice major from Augusta, W.Va.; and Seth Law, a civil engineering major from Lost Creek, W.Va.  All three students were recipients of the Thomas R. and Bess Bosley Scholarship.

 Donors Henry and Terry Falkowski

Petersburg, W.Va. students Matthew Hines (left), a pre-pharmacy major and Hannah Nesselrodt (second from right), a biology major, both received the Chester D. Harman MD Memorial Scholarship.  Elizabeth Kesner (right), a nursing major from Keyser, W.Va., received the Ruth Ward Davis Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The students enjoyed the company of donors Henry Falkowski, who serves as a chemistry professor and wife, Terry, who serves as an adjunct instructor at the College.    

 Donor Duncan Smith

Students Zane Sine (left), a wildlife resource major from Slanesville, W.Va.; and Brooke Smith (second from right), a pre-veterinary medicine major from Moorefield, W.Va., both received the Gerstell Agriculture Scholarship and enjoyed talking with Duncan Smith (second from left), donor representative for their scholarship.  Also pictured is Lucas Taylor (right), development director at the College.

 Donors Judge C. Reeves and Regina Taylor

Students Jordan Beasley (left), a pre-veterinary medicine major from Hardy County, W.Va. and recipient of the Kenneth M. Malone Agriculture Scholarship; and Ali Barrett (right), a business administration major from Hedgesville, W.Va. and recipient of the J. Paul and Agnes VanMetre Kiser Memorial Scholarship; enjoyed talking with C. Reeves Taylor and wife, Regina.  The Taylors represented the Taylor/Galbraith Scholarship. 

 Donors Laura Holland and Connie Kesecker

Laura Holland (left) and Connie Whitmore Kesecker (right) represented the Tony Whitmore Endowed Scholarship.  They too spent time talking with Beau Horner, a physical education major who received the Harley O. Staggers Sr. Scholarship; Matilda Pollet, a secondary education major who received the Skip Hackworth Scholarship; and Justin Wertman, a civil engineering major who received the Thomas and Thelma O’Connor Scholarship.  All three students are from Keyser, W.Va.

 Donor Naomi Snider

Naomi Snider (right) represented the Dr. Bruce O. Snider Endowed Scholarship along with Conald Rogers.  

 President Jennifer Orlikoff

Dr. Jennifer Orlikoff, campus president, welcomed donors and recipients to Potomac State’s Annual Donor Dinner.