(l-r) Jasmin Maniece; Myrissa Grose; Shanti Basham; Sarah Shuck; Kayla Hughes; Larry Ford of the New River CTC Foundation Raleigh County Advisory Board, and New River President L. Marshall Washington.
[Beckley, W.Va.] The New River Community and Technical College Board of Governors recently recognized five students who were awarded Carter Family Foundation Scholarships for the 2013-14 academic year. The students were introduced at the board's October meeting by New River Foundation Raleigh County Advisory Board member Larry Ford.
The Carter Family Foundation donated $25,000 to the New River Community and Technical College Foundation earlier this year to create scholarships for deserving students in the college's service area.
Awards range from a minimum of $2,000 to a maximum of $5,000. Priority was given to students from Raleigh County, with Fayette County students considered next, followed by students from other surrounding counties.
The scholarship recipients honored at the board meeting were:
Shanti Basham of Mabscott, is a student in the Practical Nursing program. A native of Nepal, she moved to the United States at the age of 20. In addition to going to school, she takes care of her daughter and works at Outback Steakhouse. Her ultimate goal after graduating from New River is to become a nurse practitioner.
Myrissa Grose of Fayetteville is pursuing an associate's degree in Social Services. She plans to then pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology and become a social worker and possibly a college professor. She is a member of the Beckley Campus Student Government Association, is active in the community and works part-time in New River's Business Office.
Kayla Hughes of Beckley is pursuing a General Education degree and plans to become a pre-school or kindergarten teacher. She works at Kids school of Harmony Pre-School.
Jasmin Maniece of Beckley is majoring in Medical Assisting. A 2013 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, she plans to enroll in a practical nursing or registered nursing program after completing her Medical Assisting degree. She is a member of the NAACP Youth Branch, her church choir and she volunteers at the East Park Community Center in Beckley.
Sarah Shuck of Mabscott is enrolled in the Practical Nursing program. The mother of three plans to continue her studies to become a registered nurse.
Five additional students received Carter Family Scholarships but were unable to attend the board meeting. They are Alex Adkins of Beckley, who is studying Automotive Technology at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) in Ghent; Dustin Bell of Oak Hill, a CDL/Heavy Equipment Operator student at the ATC; Jennifer Greathouse of Beaver, who plans to enter the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in January, pending accreditation of the program; Julie Nuckols of Beckley, who also plans to pursue a PTA degree; and Michael Vass of Fayetteville, who is majoring in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.