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June 22, 2016

Robinson of Dunbar Named Ninth West Virginia Scholar

West Virginia MetroNews and West Virginia Wesleyan College has named Madison Robinson of Dunbar, WV and South Charleston High School as the winner of the ninth annual West Virginia Scholar competition during a luncheon held on Wesleyan’s campus today.  A rising senior, Robinson plans to study biology and was awarded a full, four-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College to include tuition and fees, along with room and board, beginning in the fall 2017.

Gavin Surbaugh of Webster Springs, WV and Webster County High School was named first runner-up and will receive a $5,000 four-year renewable scholarship to Wesleyan.  Second runner-up was Taylor Walroth of Hurricane, WV and Hurricane High School.  Walroth won a $2,500 four-year renewable scholarship to Wesleyan.  Surbaugh plans to focus on international studies while Walroth will enter into the nursing program.

During her acceptance speech, Robinson thanked God, her church family, the sponsors, and scholarship benefactors for this opportunity.  She also offered congratulations to all finalists for their achievements to date.

Scholarship funds for the West Virginia Scholar Award are provided by the Culpepper Wesleyan Scholars Award and by West Virginia Wesleyan College.  The Culpepper Wesleyan Scholars Award was established in 1991 as an endowed scholarship fund by Olive O’Dell Culpepper ’33 and C. Ross Culpepper ’30, and is continued today by Marvin ’51, Hon. ’06 and Elaine Karnes Culpepper ’54, Hon. ’06.

The West Virginia Scholar Program is also sponsored by West Virginia MetroNews, Home Builders Association of West Virginia, West Virginia Forestry Association, West Virginia Hospital Association, Friends of Coal, ZMM Architects and Engineers, and the High Technology Foundation.

Founded in 1890, West Virginia Wesleyan is a private residential college located in Buckhannon. The college offers 49 majors and graduate programs in athletic training, business, education, English creative writing and nursing. Thirteen Wesleyan students have been selected as U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholars.

Top Photo: Winners Robinson, Walroth, and Surbaugh

Bottom Photo: Top 10 Finalists of the WV Scholar Program


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