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First Spoerl scholarships to be awarded

The Potomac State College Alumni Association is proud to announce the awarding of the first two scholarships based on the generous bequest by John Philip Spoerl, Class of 1963. Mr. Spoerl created a perpetual trust, as part of his estate, which funds a scholarship for students enrolled in Business Administration at WVU Potomac State College. The Potomac State College Alumni Association is administering this scholarship as directed by Mr. Spoerl in his trust plan.

A scholarship committee was created to work out the criteria for eligibility. Larry Gray, Class of 1978, who currently serves as the vice president of the Alumni Association, accepted the role of chairperson. Additional committee members are Mackenzie Bouch, Class of 2014 and James "Jay" Courrier Jr., Class of 1988, with the support of the alumni association treasurer as an ad hoc member. This committee worked diligently with Business Administration Faculty Members Amy Weaver and JoAnn Burnett to recommend two qualified students based on the criteria that were developed.

The first two John P. Spoerl Business Administration Scholarship checks are being awarded for the January 2022 spring semester. A second award is planned for the August 2022 fall semester. We plan to award certificates to all 2022 recipients during the Recognition Day Program to be held Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m., in the Church-McKee Arts Center.

The Alumni Association wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the thoughtfulness of Alumnus John P. Spoerl for his desire to remember and support students at Potomac State College during his estate planning and for the challenging work conducted by the scholarship committee over the past six months.

If anyone would like to establish a scholarship, provide an endowment fund or make a donation to the Potomac State College Alumni Association, please contact President Jennifer Orlikoff at or 304-788-6810 to initiate a discussion.