[BECKLEY, W. VA.] Laura Bayer of Oak Hill, a student at the New River Community and Technical College Raleigh County Campus in Beckley, has been awarded a West Virginia Engineering, Science and Technology Scholarship through a program designed to enable and encourage academically talented individuals to pursue careers in the fields of engineering, science and technology. The scholarships, worth up to $3,000 per academic year, are awarded on the basis of academic qualifications and interest in the fields of engineering, science and technology.
Bayer, who is pursuing associate degrees in environmental science and general education, is typical of many New River CTC students in that she did not pursue a college degree when she got out of high school. Instead, a change in her employment situation provided the incentive for her to return to school.
Bayer operated her own successful painting and contracting company for six years until a fall off a ladder ended that career. She was living in the Martinsburg area at the time, and was able to complete her GED at the Martinsburg Higher Education Center in only two weeks. Teachers there recognized her potential and encouraged her to pursue her education further.
She came to the New River Gorge area to enjoy the whitewater, liked the area and decided to continue her education at New River CTC. She has found it a comfortable fit and says she loves the diversity of people she has encountered in her classes.
Bayer is committed to working on environmental issues because she says she sees a lot of sad things she can't believe are going on in America. She was awarded a certificate for community service for her efforts to deliver water to people affected the chemical spill that occurred in the Charleston area last winter.
Bayer says that more students should take advantage of the scholarships opportunities that are available if you take the time to research and pursue them. She jokes that she wishes her daughter, a pre-med student at Marshall University, had taken that advice
One of the requirements of the WV Engineering, Science and Technology scholarships is that the recipients get a job in a scientific field after graduation. She doesn't anticipate any problem in meeting that requirement.