Jenkins Family Establishes New Scholarship

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Bob Skinner receives a donation from John Jenkins of Jenkins Ford to create a scholarship in memory of his brother Michael.

West Virginia Wesleyan has a new scholarship program thanks to a gift by John and Sheila Jenkins.  The couple established the scholarship in memory of John Jenkins’ brother, Michael, who lost his life in an automobile accident 30 years ago.  The Michael Jenkins Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more West Virginia Wesleyan College undergraduate students who are geographically from Upshur County.

This is the second endowed scholarship the Jenkins family has established at Wesleyan.  Several years ago, the couple created the Jenkins Ford scholarship, which also provides financial assistance to students from Upshur County.  This year’s recipient is Ethan Butler, a junior art major with a concentration in photography from French Creek.

The Jenkins gift is one of many donations Wesleyan has received during its fall Area Business Campaign.  The College will conclude this area fund-raising initiative at the end of December.

“We are extremely grateful to John and Sheila for their generous support of scholarships for area students who wish to attend Wesleyan,” said Bob Skinner ’75, vice president for advancement.  “Affordability is an issue that is very important to the College and this scholarship in memory of Michael Jenkins and the Jenkins Ford Scholarship are great examples of how alumni and friends can make Wesleyan accessible.”