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John Philip Spoerl Scholarship awarded to WVU Potomac State College students

The West Virginia University Potomac State College Alumni Association recently awarded two $500 scholarships based on the generous bequest by John Philip Spoerl, Class of 1963. Spoerl created a perpetual trust, as part of his estate which funds scholarships for students enrolled in business administration at the College. The most recent recipients are Chase Staggers and Isabella Hill.

Staggers is a junior in the four-year business management program and has earned a place on the President’s List for all semesters that he’s attended Potomac State College. He interned at Timothy D. Rollins, CPA; is currently employed at Polish Pines Golf Course; serves as treasurer for the College’s Circle K Club, and is a member of the Keyser Presbyterian Church where he also volunteers his time.

“I feel truly blessed to receive this award and I would like to thank everyone at PSC who has helped me along my journey,” Staggers said.

Hill is a freshman business technology major from Ridgeley, W.Va., and earned a spot on the President’s List for fall 2022. She is an honors student, athlete and musician; enjoys volunteering her time for community service and is employed at Dairy Queen.

“Not only do I feel privileged to have received this scholarship, but I’m also more motivated to accomplish great things in the business world,” Hill said.

Anyone wanting to establish a scholarship, provide an endowment fund or donate to the Scholarship Fund that supports Potomac State College students like Chase and Isabella, should contact Dr. Kimberly Colebank, Interim Dean of University Relations at to initiate a discussion.