Mongold and Hanlin Awarded Foundation Scholarships
Grant County News July 2011

Ashely Mongold of Petersburg and Michael J. Hanlin of Mt. Storm have been awarded scholarships from Tucker Community Foundation. 

Mongold is recipient of the Robert W. Minear, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. The Minear Scholarship Fund was endowed by friends and family members to honor his love for teaching and education.  The fund provides an annual scholarship for students pursuing a degree in education. Minear was born April 18, 1940 at Parsons.  He was a graduate of Parsons High School, Potomac State College, and West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education, majoring in history and English, and a master’s degree in learning disabilities.  He was teaching at Doddridge High School when he did unexpectedly April 7, 1991, at home.

Mongold is pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with specializations in Math and Early Childhood.  She is the daughter of Jay and Aimee Mongold. 

Hanlin is the recipient of the Kline, Evans, Allison Scholarship award. He is a graduate of Union High School and the son of Terry and Jeanne Hanlin.  He plans to pursue a degree in secondary education at Potomac State College.   

The Kline, Evans, Allison Fund was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Ralph H. Kline and Blucher F. Allison, Jr. and to provide assistance to seniors graduating from any high school representing Union District in Grant County and/or Elk District in Mineral County who elect to further their education.  Ralph Kline was born in 1923 at Bismarck, WV and died in 1997 as the result of a mining accident.  He was raised on a farm and attained an 8th grade education.  He returned to the classroom at the age of 42 to obtain his GED.  Blucher Allison was born 1925 in Chevrolet, KY.  Upon discharge from the Navy, he worked in the underground mines and eventually worked his way through the University of Kentucky using funds from the GI Bill.  He graduated with honors, obtaining degrees in Mining and Civil Engineering. He died in 1997.  

Foundation scholarships are based on a competitive application process and awarded in the spring of each year to students in an eight-county region.  Funding is provided by income generated from Endowed Funds managed by the Foundation along with pass-through donations and Kep and Alice Smith Trust income. 2011 awards ranged from $500 to $4,000. 

To view the complete list of 2011 scholarship recipients, visit For more information about the Foundation call 304-478-2930. 


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