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Two GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Honored at Graduation Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2011

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Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462-7361 ext. 6390

Glenville, WV—The second and third Hidden Promise Scholars to graduate from Glenville State College were the guests of honor at a graduation dinner held on Monday, December 5th in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

Lisa Shamblin Darby of Lewis County and Marlon Henry of Randolph County, both members of the inaugural class of thirteen Hidden Promise Scholars, will be receiving their degrees from Glenville State College later this month.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr congratulates Lisa Shamblin and Marlon Henry during the Hidden Promise Scholars program graduation dinner.

GSC President Dr. Peter Barr congratulates Lisa Shamblin and Marlon Henry during the Hidden Promise Scholars program graduation dinner.

Darby will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree with a specialization in Spanish (5-Adult). During her time at GSC, she has studied in Costa Rica on two separate occasions. She and her husband Andrew, also a GSC Hidden Promise Scholar majoring in Natural Resource Management, live in Jane Lew, West Virginia and are expecting their first child in April.

“The Hidden Promise Scholars program has been fantastic. I knew that if I ever had questions or concerns, someone would be willing to help me with a smile on their face. I feel very lucky to have been a part of this program,” said Darby.

Henry will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with concentrations in Landman Technology and Business Management. He was a member of the GSC Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Henry served on the GSC Student Government Association for four years including two years as president. Henry plans to work as a landman for the oil and gas industry and become a Certified Professional Landman.

“I am the first in my family to graduate from college. Coming to Glenville State College as a Hidden Promise Scholar didn’t just mean a scholarship, it meant opportunity. There are so many people here that gave me the support that I needed to be successful. They are all part of the family you get when you become a Pioneer. Those six words are really true, Glenville State College, where you belong,” said Henry.

Darby and Henry were presented with a commemorative plaque and a Hidden Promise Scholars class ring in honor of their graduation. The first Hidden Promise Scholar graduated from GSC in May, 2011. At least four more students in the program will receive their degrees in May of 2012.

“We now have three Hidden Promise Scholar graduates, and the number will grow every semester. It is so rewarding to see how our vision for the Hidden Promise Scholars Program is being validated by students like Lisa and Marlon who have taken every advantage of being Hidden Promise Scholars and have blossomed into outstanding role models with very bright futures,” said GSC President Dr. Peter Barr.

The Hidden Promise Scholars program is an alliance among Glenville State College and county school districts across West Virginia with the goal of improving communication between higher education and K through 12. The consortium aims to improve the number and quality of high school graduates including raising ACT scores, increase the number of students going to college, and increase the number and quality of college graduates. The consortium was formed in 2007 between Glenville State College and thirteen county school systems but has since grown to include twenty-one school districts.

Hidden Promise Scholars are students in the eighth through twelfth grade from central West Virginia who are 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. Upon high school graduation, Hidden Promise Scholars who enroll at Glenville State College receive an annual scholarship. The grant is renewable throughout their enrollment at GSC as full-time students maintaining standard academic progress.

To learn more about the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program, contact GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program Coordinator Keith Barr at or (304) 462-6054.

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