Kaitlyn Noe Receives First Bly Family Scholarship for International Studies

Friday, March 8th, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College junior biology major Kaitlyn Noe, a Clarksburg, WV native, has received the first Bly Family Scholarship for International Studies.

The Bly Family Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 by Suzan E. Bly ’68 in honor of her parents, Margaret and Shirley Bly, of Winchester, VA.  In 2012, the Scholarship was amended to support overseas travel.  The Bly Family Scholarship for International Studies is a permanently endowed scholarship fund intended to foster a global perspective

Noe will take part in a 25-day excursion to South Africa that will give her hands-on experience working in wildlife conservation.  She will be completing research at Kruger National Park rehabilitating rescued, orphaned, or injured wild animals at Enkosini Wildlife Sanctuary and having hands-on encounters with game animals.  Noe will be collecting data for ongoing conservation research and experience firsthand how a game reserve functions at the Siyafunda Research Centre, located within the Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve.

Noe stated, “I believe the best way to describe my thoughts on this opportunity is John Green’s quotation, ‘What is the point of being alive if you do not at least try to do something remarkable?’”

Recipients must be of full-time student status at the College while demonstrating need and merit, be actively involved in campus activities, demonstrate leadership skills, and show potential for continued academic achievement.