Hesse receives Rotary’s Service Above Self Award

Hesse receives Rotary’s Service Above Self Award

Samantha Hesse (left), majoring in criminal justice at West Virginia University’s Potomac State College, was the recipient of The Keyser Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self”Award which was presented by Dinah Courrier, Rotarian and Professor Emerita of Office Systems Technology at the College.  

Samantha Hesse, of Maysville, W.Va., was recently presented with the Keyser Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self”Award during the annual Weekend of Honors ceremonies at West Virginia University’s Potomac State College (PSC). 

Hesse is a 2015 graduate of Petersburg High School.  In addition to majoring in criminal justice at the College, Hesse is a PROMISE Scholar, a PSC Shenandoah Scholar and has been named to the President’s List for all semesters in which she’s attended Potomac State.  She was also nominated for the prestigious E. William Noland Outstanding Student Award.

Hesse is a member of the Criminal Justice Club where she served as treasurer; participated in the Day of Caring and Sharing; participated in defensive tactic drills for incoming students; and attended the annual conference of the WV Criminal Justice Educators Association where she took part in the crime scene investigation competition and the quiz bowl. 

Hesse enjoys volunteering her time to help others.  She was an active member of the Campus Community Involvement Club, making monthly trips to nursing homes where she visited with residents and passed out crafts she’d made, and spent her spring break recess helping flood victims with disaster relief in Greenbrier County.  While working with the Appalachia Service Project, Hesse spent four days putting down floors in the home of an elderly woman affected by the flood. 

She’s also volunteered in Grant County at the public library, with mobile food drives, helped serve dinners at church, and worked the concession stands for sporting events.  Other community involvement includes Samaritan’s Purse and serving as a member of the Falls Assembly of God Youth Group.  Furthermore, she has her own cleaning business.

Hesse plans to continue her education at Potomac State, earning her bachelors of applied science degree in criminal justice.

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.