Parkersburg’s Quillen Named Seventh WV Scholar

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Kathryn Quillen

West Virginia Wesleyan College and MVB Bank named Kathryn Quillen of Vienna, WV and Parkersburg High School as the winner during the seventh annual MVB Bank West Virginia Scholar competition today during a luncheon held on Wesleyan’s campus.  A rising senior, Quillen has won a full, four-year scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College to include tuition and fees, along with room and board, starting fall 2015.

Ashley Walker of Clarksburg, WV and Liberty High School was named first runner-up and won a $5,000 four-year renewable scholarship to Wesleyan.  Second runner-up was John Goellner of Morgantown, WV and Trinity Christian School.  Goellner won a $2,500 four-year renewable scholarship to Wesleyan.  Walker plans to study nursing while Goellner will enter into the Pre-Med program.

Quillen, the captain of her school’s volleyball team, is the oldest of three sisters.  She notes that winning this scholarship helps to lift a big financial burden from her family, especially since she has aspirations of attending medical school and becoming a dermatologist.

“I have two sisters, so it would have been hard on my parents to pay for all of us,” stated Quillen.  “This scholarship makes it easier on my sisters and my parents, and it helps me to be one step closer to my dream of going to med school.  I am so thankful to all the sponsors who have made this dream a reality.”

l-r: John Goellner, Kathryn Quillen, and Ashley Walker

Quillen’s parents, Lora and Scott, also echo her sentiments.

“This is a huge factor in us being able to afford graduate school for Kathryn,” commented Lora.

“This scholarship will help Kathryn enter graduate school with no debt,” Scott said.  “Katie is a one-on-one person, and I know she will get that kind of attention here at Wesleyan rather than a large university.  We are in shock and so grateful.”

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 today, is continued by Marvin ‘51, Hon. ‘06 and Elaine Karnes Culpepper ‘54, Hon. ‘06.

“This program brings some of the brightest students in West Virginia to our campus, and we are happy to provide this opportunity to them,” stated President Pamela Balch. “We are particularly pleased with one of the college’s greatest benefactors Marvin and Elaine Culpepper and the sponsors.”

Along with MVB Bank, the West Virginia Scholar program is also sponsored by MetroNews, the West Virginia Forestry Association, the West Virginia Hospital Association, the West Virginia Home Builders Association, and Friends of Coal.