ELKINS – Zandra Kelly, a freshman at Davis & Elkins College, has been selected as the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholar. The Elkins resident is the second student to receive the award.
Since 2014, the Snowshoe Foundation has committed to the Davis & Elkins College Highlands Scholar program with an annual gift of $14,000 or more. Kelly will hold the scholarship for the remainder of her college career at D&E.
In 2015, the Highlands Scholar program expanded to include qualified students in all of West Virginia’s 55 counties, making it possible for them to receive a private college education at a reduced tuition cost. Previously, the Highlands Scholar program was open to students from Randolph, Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur and Webster counties. The average scholarship award ranges from $14,000 for residential students to $11,000 for commuting students.
“It’s a big privilege,” Kelly says of the award. “Scholarships are very important because there are other kids like me who wouldn’t get the opportunity to attend college without them.”
An elementary education major, Kelly is the daughter of Susan and Eric Haller of Elkins.
“We feel very blessed,” Susan Haller says. “Zandra works really hard by keeping up her grades and having a part-time job.”
Kelly has additional duties as the Snowshoe Foundation Highlands Scholar, which include attending fundraisers, dinners and other events sponsored by the Foundation.
“It’s been amazing and a great opportunity to go places I couldn’t have gone otherwise,” Kelly says.
The Snowshoe Foundation serves Pocahontas, Webster and Randolph counties, with education as one of its focus areas. When D&E initially submitted a grant application, it was clear to the Snowshoe Foundation Board of Directors that the missions of the two organizations aligned and a natural partnership emerged.
“We love the Highlands Scholarship program,” says Snowshoe Foundation Board of Directors Vice President Voras Haynes. “It’s fantastic to be able to help kids get a high quality education at Davis & Elkins, and funding it allows us to give back to our community.”
Through the grant awards, the Snowshoe Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life in local communities in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, the arts, culture and the environment, with an emphasis on children, youth and family programs. Haynes said the majority of funding for the scholarship was raised through the annual Treasure on the Mountain $250,000 raffle benefit. This year’s event is scheduled for August 13.
For additional information on the Highlands Scholar program, visit www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1230.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.