First WV Scholar Winner to Graduate

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Four years ago, Lori Ring was named the first winner of the West Virginia Scholar program at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  Now, standing on the cusp of graduation, Ring, a senior public relations major and gender studies minor from Kearneysville, WV, is looking into her future.

Ring is currently looking at positions in Pittsburgh, PA, but she has had an outstanding experience at the College.  She is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi and a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honorary Society.  She has also worked in the Office of Greek Life.  However, she always knew what winning the WV Scholar Program meant to her.

“Winning the West Virginia Scholar Program was one of the best things that has happened to me in my young adult life, and I hope to keep striving to higher goals and make the committee realize the full potential they have helped me achieve,” stated Ring.

She also attributes her successes here at Wesleyan to the program.

“I want to express my gratitude to the members of the West Virginia Scholar Committee, because otherwise I would have really struggled these last four years,” Ring commented.  “It was nice to have someone believe in me and give me the opportunity to achieve something I would have otherwise struggled for financially.”

This year, the West Virginia Scholar program is sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Culpepper Wesleyan Scholar Award, Metro News, MVB, Brickstreet Insurance, Friends of Coal, West Virginia Education Association, and West Virginia Forestry Association. The fifth winner will be announced June 12 at the College. The program is open to high school juniors in West Virginia. The winner receives four years of tuition and fees at West Virginia Wesleyan College, one of our state’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. For complete details, please visit