WVU establishes new scholarship for first-generation students pursuing education

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Students walk in and out of the Mountainlair on a rainy first day of classes Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. (WVU Photo/Jennifer Shephard)

MORGANTOWN, WV (AP) – A scholarship has been established at West Virginia University for first-generation undergraduate students from WV who are pursuing a degree in education and demonstrate financial need.

The Suzanne Walker Rogers Weber Endowed Education Scholarship was established by her daughters, Elizabeth Rogers Bald and Jennifer Rogers Denham. Their mother died five years ago of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The $1 million scholarship gift honors Walker Rogers Weber, a South Charleston native who earned her bachelor’s degree in education from WVU in 1962. She had a classroom of 30 first graders in Columbus, Ohio, following graduation and later taught preschool. Weber also ran a nursery school and oversaw Head Start programs in the Cleveland area.

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