Nine students from Preston County recently received scholarships from the Tucker Community Foundation.
Savannah Arnett, Thomas Brammer, Andrew Nelson, Corey Pyles, Abigail Warnick, Alexander Royce and Rachel Barlow were among the area students both currently in college and recent high school graduates to recently receive a scholarship.
Overall, the Tucker Community Foundation awarded over $82,000 in scholarships to 55 area students in nine counties. Funds for the awards are generated by endowed funds, pass-through donations, and unrestricted income managed by the Foundation.
Preston County High School students Arnett and Brammer were among the top two scholarship award recipients. Arnett received a $8,000 scholarship from the P.L. and Elizabeth Cook Milkint Scholarship Fund and Brammer received a $4,600 scholarship from the Preston High School American Legion Scholarship Fund.
Arnett plans to attend Potomac State College of West Virginia University to study secondary education. She is a member of the Preston County Livestock Association and 4-H, student government and the National Honor Society. She loves helping others learn new things and plans to volunteer as an aide in local school classrooms. Arnett is the daughter of Rex and Stephanie Arnett of Eglon.
Brammer plans to attend Universal Technical Institute to study diesel technology. After obtaining his Manufacturer Certification in Cummins Engine Repair, he plans to work for a Cummins dealer. He eventually hopes to start his own business in Preston County. He is a member of Preston County JROTC and National Honor Society. He is the son of Michael and Debra Brammer of Aurora.
Other Preston County students receiving scholarship awards include:
Nelson, of Marshall University, is a recipient of $2,000 from the Dr. Mary Alice Klein Scholarship Fund. He is in his third year in the Education Leadership Doctoral Program. Nelson created the first-ever Autism Leadership Institute and established an Autism Support Network that serves Mineral, Grant, Hardy and Pendleton counties. He lives in Aurora with his wife and three children.
Pyles, of Preston County High School, is a recipient of $1,000 from the Knights of Pythias Brown Lodge #32. He will attend West Virginia University to study exercise physiology. His eventual goal is become a chiropractor. Pyles served as the captain of the varsity basketball and baseball teams and was a member of the National Honor Society. He is the son of Jeff and Shelly Pyles of Kingwood.
Warnick, of Preston County High School, is the recipient of $1,000 scholarship from the Tucker Community Foundation. Warnick plans to attend West Virginia University to study nursing. She is the daughter of Caralea Warnick of Kingwood.
Royce, of Preston County High School, is the recipient of $1,000 scholarship from the Tucker Community Foundation. He plans to attend West Virginia University to study electrical engineering. He is the son of Chip and Debbie Royce of Kingwood.
Barlow, of Preston County High School, is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Tucker Community Foundation. Barlow will attend West Virginia University to study interior design. She is the daughter of William and Cynthia Barlow of Kingwood.
A list of 2019 scholarship recipients can be found www.tuckerfoundation.net/scholarships/2019-scholarship-awards/. Scholarships are awarded based on a competitive application process. The Foundation received over 180 applications during the 2019 scholarship cycle.
The Tucker Community Foundation manages more than 130 endowed funds providing annual scholarships and grants to nonprofits and charitable causes throughout the eight-county service area – Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Pocahontas, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties in W.Va. and Garrett County, Md. Inspired by the flood of 1985, the mission of the Foundation is to create opportunities for the communities we serve. For more information on scholarships or to learn about the foundation, visit www.tuckerfoundation.net.