Area student named to WVU Foundation Scholars

MORGANTOWN – A Doddridge County student was named Tuesday as a 2013 Foundation Scholar by West Virginia University.

Dillon Muhly-Alexander, of West Union, a student at Doddridge County High School, was among five West Virginia students named as Foundation Scholars.

The others include: Sundus Lateef, Bridgeport, Bridgeport High School; Jennifer Mangano, Chester, Oak Glen High School; Julie Peng, Culloden, Hurricane High School; and Emma van der Aarde, Martinsburg, Martinsburg High School

The award – which provides full tuition and fees, plus room and board and books for four years – is valued at approximately $80,000 when paired with the state’s PROMISE Scholarship. In addition, the scholarship includes a $4,500 stipend for academic enhancement, which is commonly used for study abroad, internships and other advanced learning opportunities.

The Foundation Scholarship is the top award offered by WVU’s undergraduate scholarship program, which annually benefits more than 5,500 students in excess of $10 million. Since the Foundation Scholarship program was established in 1987, 135 of the state’s brightest high school students have been awarded the University’s most selective scholarship.

The students must be from West Virginia, possess a minimum 3.8 GPA and achieve a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT or 1,340 on the SAT college entrance exams.

Muhly-Alexander will have completed more than nine AP courses and two courses through Fairmont State University before he graduates from Doddridge County High School.

Muhly-Alexander hopes to study international studies and agribusiness management and rural development and thinks WVU will give him the opportunities for his ideas to come to life.

He is the first Foundation Scholar from Doddridge County High School. He is the son of Matthew Alexander and Linda Muhly.