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Mountwest Foundation to host scholarship brunch

April 24, 2012

Huntington, W.Va. - The Mountwest Foundation will recognize the Mountwest Community & Technical College students who received scholarships during the 2011-2012 academic year and the donors who made those scholarships possible at a brunch 10 a.m., Thursday, April 26, at the Mountwest Cooking & Culinary Institute. 

“I look forward to this event because it gives us the opportunity to publicly recognize our students for their achievements and our scholarship donors for their generosity,” said Dr. Keith Cotroneo, president of Mountwest Community & Technical College. “We are so proud of these students and all they have been able to accomplish.”

The following Mountwest Community & Technical College students received 2011-2012 scholarships from the Mountwest Foundation:

  • Advanced Technical Solutions Excellence in IT Scholarship recipient was Nikki Kopsolias of St. Albans.
  • Culinary Arts Scholarship recipient was Patrick Winters of Huntington.
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation Scholarship for Veterans recipients were Clinton Effingham of Huntington and John Settles of Pomeroy, Ohio.
  • Family Urgent Care Scholarship recipient was Roy Pratt of Wayne.
  • Grainger Tools for Tomorrow® Scholarship recipients were Matthew Demoss of Ona and James Turner of Grafton, W.Va.
  • Prentice Hall/Pearson Publishing Information Technology Scholarship recipients were Rhonda Jackson, April Jones and Craig Jones, all of Huntington, and Nikki Kopsolias of St. Albans.
  • William L. and Marie E. Redd Scholarship recipient was James Brydie of Huntington.
  • Nell Elizabeth Cook Rutherford Memorial Scholarship recipient was Andrea Thornton of Barboursville.
  • Mary Lou Sullivan Physical Therapist Assistant Scholarship recipients were Kimberly Cyrus of Fort Gay, W.Va. and Brandon Messer of Huntington.
  • Validis General Scholarship recipients were Ka-Desh Jeter, Amber Shelton, Shara Swann and Mulu Woldemariam, all of Huntington.

“The sponsors of these scholarships have created a very special opportunity for these and future Mountwest students,” said Foundation President Lee Oxley. “So, we felt it was most appropriate to thank them by connecting them with the beneficiaries of their generosity.”

The Mountwest Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization established in 2009 to generate, administer, invest and disburse charitable contributions given in support of Mountwest Community & Technical College. Private funds given through the Foundation help address the most critical needs of the College—curriculum enhancement; state-of-the-art facilities and equipment; and student scholarships.

For more information on Mountwest Foundation scholarships or to establish a new scholarship for Mountwest students, contact Sheanna Spence, director of development at (304) 696-3254 or