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The first members of the West Virginia University Class of 2022 will be honored just two days after the Class of 2018 leaves campus. The WVU Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the University awards, will be celebrated May 15 during a luncheon hosted by President Gordon Gee at Blaney House.
The rising WVU freshmen are committed to community service, research, cultural awareness, rights for people with disabilities and their future alma mater.
“Every year at this time, I am energized by getting to know our latest cohort of Foundation Scholars,” Gee said. “They inspire me with their dreams, with their visions and with their devotion to making the world a better place. As we prepare to send one group of Scholars off to new adventures following Commencement, we look forward to welcoming the arrival of new, outstanding students such as these.”
Heath Cottrill of Heaters plans to use his mechanical and aerospace engineering degree to create engine designs for Ford or Boeing. The son of Pamela and Scott Cottrill, and a senior at Braxton County High School, he spent time in Haiti helping people recover after the 2010 earthquake. He plans to use the scholarship’s stipend to continue that work and help design and construct an effective and economical method of purifying and transporting water in the island country.
Ashley Eby is from Wellsburg where she attends Brooke High School. Eby performed 500 hours of community service, including at the Oglebay Zoo and packaging stockings for soldiers overseas. She will major in chemical engineering and be involved with WVU service activities and student government. Eby plans to use her stipend to intern for U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W. Va.) to gain insight into the political process, combining what she learns there with her degree to help write more informed environmental policy. She is the daughter of David and Nikki Eby.