BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The 12th annual West Virginia Scholar program is underway.

HIgh school juniors across the state have until April 11 to apply for a four-year full ride scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon valued at approximately $160,000.Wesleyan Vice President John Waltz said students can apply at wvscholar.com or wvmetronews.com. He said it’s a simple process.

“They can go there and there’s no cost associated with this. They’re actually applying for admissions as well, so they’re getting into the college search process. They provide a essay, write a little bit about their interest in bettering West Virginia. They provide a transcript and any test score information,” Waltz said.

The semifinalists will be announced May 1 with the names of the finalists released May 22. Online voting takes place from May 22 until June 15. The West Virginia Scholar Program Awards Luncheon is set for June 19 on the Wesleyan campus.

The scholarship provides an outstanding opportunity, Waltz said.

“The opportunity to win a scholarship near $160,000 over the course of four years is really a life-changing experience. Not only for the person who wins that award but for the runners-up,” he said.

Waltz said West Virginia Wesleyan, MetroNews and the sponsors will review the applications. He said the scholarship is about more than academic achievement.

“They are looking for a great story. Students who have done a great community service effort. They’ve been a leader on one of their sports teams, have been involved in the creative arts or their church or whatever it might be. These are people who are changing the state of West Virginia as juniors,” he said.

Joining West Virginia Wesleyan and MetroNews as sponsors are the West Virginia Hospital Association, ZMM Architects & Engineers, West Virginia Farm Bureau, A.I.P. (Architectural Interior Products) and Friends of Coal.

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