Martha C. Sponaugle Scholarship Fund


TYPE OF FUND:  Scholarship                       DATE ESTABLISHED:  July 10, 2000


PURPOSE:  To provide a scholarship for a Tucker County High School graduate.


DISTRIBUTION:  To be determined by the Scholarship Committee of TCF with approval of the Board of Directors.  The family requests that consideration be given to financial need of the recipients.


VARIANCE POWER:  If, in the judgment of the TCF Board of Directors, the restrictions and conditions of the fund become unnecessary, incapable of fulfillment or inconsistent with the charitable needs of the community, the TCF Board of Directors maintains the right to modify the terms of this fund.  TCF has exclusive legal control over any contributed assets.


FUNDING:  Initial $5000 provided by Berlin “Bud” Sponaugle, his son and daughter –in-law, Capt. Sid and Sandie Sponaugle in memory of their wife and mother.


BACKGROUND:  This scholarship is established by the family in memory of Martha C. Sponaugle, a loving wife and mother.  Born and raised in Hendricks and a 1956 graduate of Parsons High School, she loved to golf, roller bland and hike.  She was an employee of Tucker County Board of Education, as a secretary, from 1973 to 1998.


Working with the children of Tucker County, she was always pushing them to do their best.  Never satisfied for them to “just get by,” she was always encouraging them by telling them, “you can accomplish if you try hard enough.”  Her own son remembers her advice, “I can, I can, I know I can.”


The family says, “Martha came across as being a very stern person, but had a heart of gold.  She would do anything for anyone.  If she were asked, she would give.  This is her family’s way of fulfilling that legacy.”


Martha Christine Hedrick Sponaugle, 61, of Rosendorf Community, Hendricks, died Oct. 5 at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.  Death was attributed to cancer.  Born June 13, 1938 at Hendricks, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Hedrick and Martha Agnes Cooper Hedrick.  On March 30, 1956, at Oakland, MD, she was married to Berlin “Bud” Sponaugle.  She was survived by a son, WV State Police First Sgt. Sid Sponaugle; and a sister, Sheila Miller of Baltimore.  She was preceded in death by infant twin daughters; two brothers, Thomas W. and Ted Hedrick; two sisters, Patricia Leight and Margaret Colburn.


A 1956 graduate of Parsons High School, she was a former employee of Stevens’ Florist in Parsons, was secretary of Hamrick School until its closing and retired as secretary in 1998 from Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School.