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Welcomes Scholarship Recipients
CHARLESTON DAILY MAIL
Published: Friday, August 15, 2008
Byline: RY RIVARD FOR THE DAILY MAIL
Force General Robert "Doc" Foglesong, formerly the highest-ranking
West Virginian in the military, has a plan for the state, and he's
taking it one grandchild at a time.
are what he calls the recipients of scholarships from his Appalachian
Leadership and Education Foundation.
So far, the
foundation is paying several dozen students' way through school
at Concord, Marshall and Shepherd universities. In a ceremony on
Thursday in Laidley Tower, Foglesong welcomed a third group of students,
the 14-member Charlie Class, which begins class this fall.
the students to stay in the state instead of migrating out like
many college graduates. But he hopes each one ends up with more
than just a degree and job in West Virginia.
He hopes the
students are leaders with character and the mental agility to make
tough choices. Indeed, each of the foundation's fellows was selected
by a committee for leadership potential.
coursework, the students attend leadership training and help their
communities. Last year, the first two classes - Alpha and Beta,
designations borrowed from the general's military vocabulary - did
3,000 hours of community service, or about 100 hours apiece.
The third group
of students, the Charlies, brings the foundation's fellows to 45
people. The foundation is going to stay small enough, Foglesong
said, so that staff still can know each student by their first name.
The group includes:
Bryan Adkins of Radnor, Dustin Blankenship of Baisden, Jeremy Brock
of Berkeley Springs, Sarah Crickenberger of Philippi, Katelyn Curry
of Winfield, Heather Hall of Williamson, Westley Jenkins of Harpers
Ferry, Darrell Johnson of Ona, Lauren Keller of St. Albans, Brittany
Keys of Lewisburg, Brittany Kirkpatrick of Charles Town, Lauren
Lambert of Mullens, Alex Lemley of Huntington, Dennis Lester of
Jolo, Jonathan Lester of Gilbert, Kyle Lusk of Oceana, Robert McDonough
of Shepherdstown, John Meadows of McCarthur, John Midkiff of Huntington,
Jeffrey Miller of Huntington and Monica Oglesby of Princeton.
The group also
includes: Brittany Salmons of Pineville, Joshua Stafford of Oceana,
Aaron Stepp of Matheny, Luke Stevens of Rockview, Mitchell Tuggle
of Peterstown, Hannah Vass of Lewisburg, Gavin Ward of Coal City,
Jonelle Westbrook of Harpers Ferry, Emily Wilson of Hurricane and
Jeffrey Yeager of Pineville.
At the ceremony
on Thursday evening, fellows and their families called the scholarship
a blessing and not just because everything - tuition, books, room
and board - is paid for.
said foundation staff are constantly in touch with her Alpha class
daughter, Katelyn Curry, an English major at Concord. "This
is not a scholarship they just give to kids and just forget about
it," she said.
The former president
of Mississippi State University, Foglesong said, "We didn't
get paid necessarily to worry about student character issues."
Instead, "We got paid to teach student credit hours."
a member of the Charlie class, said the foundation made it a whole
lot easier to pay for college, something other graduates from Westside
High School in Wyoming County couldn't afford to do.
Cook and his lifelong best friend had planned to room together this
year at Concord. But his friend's application for federal student
aid didn't work out as expected.
can't go to Concord with me - so, yeah, that's pretty sad,"
Cook plans to attend to the school of osteopathic medicine in Lewisburg
after he receives his undergraduate degree.
he expects to see results from the foundation and its fellows in
about 10 years, when the current classes have had a couple of years
in the work force or are finishing graduate school.
is a long-term fix for the requirements we have in the state and
in the nation," he said.
As for his own
future, Foglesong said a ranch in Montana, the foundation and positions
on corporate boards keep him busy.
But when asked,
Foglesong did not rule out interest in the top job at West Virginia
University, which officials hope to fill within the next nine to
12 months. "I'm not applying for anything," he said.