For Immediate Release: October 8, 2012
Contact: Annette Barnette
Public Relations & Marketing Director
Glenville State College
Glenville, WV – Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr and his wife Betsy welcomed fifty-one freshmen GSC Hidden Promise Scholars to the college at the GSC Hidden Promise Scholar Annual Fall Dinner. At this event, new participants were able to meet fellow scholars along with GSC faculty and staff who are involved in the program.
“You are a Hidden Promise Scholar because someone thought you were special and reached out to you. It may have been a teacher, a principal, or someone else. It is now your responsibility to give back to who designated you as a Hidden Promise Scholar candidate. Do a good job in school and graduate and be an example to those still in high school that are deciding whether or not to further their education,” said Barr.
The Hidden Promise Scholars program is an alliance among Glenville State College and county school districts across West Virginia aimed at improving communication between higher education and K through 12. Other goals include increasing the number of high school and college graduates as well as aligning the K-12 and higher education curriculum.
Hidden Promise Scholars are students in the eighth through twelfth grade from central West Virginia. Selected by county superintendents and principals, these students interact with Glenville State College students and faculty and explore the vistas that a college education opens. Hidden Promise Scholars will mentor with college students at their home schools and participate in an array of campus visits.
Upon high school graduation, Hidden Promise Scholars who enroll at Glenville State College receive an annual scholarship. The annual grant is renewable throughout their enrollment at GSC as full-time students maintaining standard academic progress.
During the evening event, upperclassmen in the Hidden Promise Scholars program gave the freshmen advice on how to succeed in college.
Senior Scholar Representative Stephanie Stacy of Millstone, West Virginia (Calhoun County) had three steps to college success: “Go to class, do your homework, and don’t be afraid to ask questions!”
Junior Scholar Representative Ethan Epling of Spencer, West Virginia (Roane County) had a more straightforward approach to getting ahead, “Study!”
Sophomore Scholar Representative Bobbie Payne of Webster Springs, West Virginia (Webster County) gave these words of encouragement, “Your fellow Hidden Promise Scholars are here for you whenever you need us; everyone can make it to graduation!”
Freshman Hidden Promise Scholar Andrew Anderson of Mount Lookout, West Virginia (Nicholas County) is already blending into college life, saying, “GSC has been great, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Guild welcomed me to campus my first week!”
For more information, contact GSC Hidden Promise Mentor Coordinator Jenny Boggs at Virginia.Boggs@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6059.