Fairmont State University will be providing $500 scholarships to hundreds of students across the state during the Second Annual Soar Awards. Events will be held in Fairmont, Parkersburg, Winfield, Summersville, Inwood and Wheeling throughout January and February. The scholarships will help make attending Fairmont State more affordable and serve as a reminder of Fairmont State’s dedication to student success.
Earlier this month, the Fairmont State Foundation announced a $1.3 million campaign aimed at closing the gap between two and four-year scholarships over the next 12 months. For students like Fairmont State Senior Samantha Tate, the "Every Gift Matters—the Scholarship Campaign" is a way to allow students to have experiences in and out of the classroom.
Jean Gotolski, a 1947 graduate of Fairmont State College has created a scholarship at her alma mater, in memory of J.T. and Carmer George. Through this endowed scholarship, Gotolski hopes that students can study their passions, regardless of their financial situations.
Born in Havana, Cuba and growing up in Madrid, Spain, Fairmont State University President Dr. Mirta Martin knows firsthand the journey to success. After immigrating to the United States, she completed her undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology from Duke University and earned a master of business administration from the University of Richmond; and a doctorate with an emphasis in strategic management and leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.
This week, nearly 200 future Fairmont State students were welcomed into the Falcon family during the inaugural Soar Awards. As they shook the hand of President Mirta Martin and were cheered on by their family and friends, students were presented with an opportunity scholarship, valued at $500.
For the seventh consecutive year, three West Virginia high school seniors have been named as recipients of Fairmont State University’s premier academic scholarship, the Charles J. McClain Presidential Scholarship.
The following students have been selected as 2015 scholarship winners:
Top high school seniors in North Central West Virginia and around the state have the opportunity to compete for Fairmont State University’s premier academic scholarship, the Dr. Charles J. McClain Presidential Scholarship. In addition, all of the state’s PROMISE Scholars are eligible for the PROMISE Beyond Scholarship.
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