Cole Roberts and Ali Welch Awarded EQT Students of Excellence Scholarships


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The EQT Foundation and The State Journal are helping to make some high school students’ dreams come true, including our own Cole Roberts and Ali Welch.

For the third year in a row, students from throughout the state will receive scholarships to help them pay for a higher education courtesy of the EQT Students of Excellence program. One student per county was chosen based on their grades and community service. Cole won the $1,000 scholarship out of all Brooke County students and Ali won it for Hancock County.

“At a time when tuition costs keep going up at schools both in West Virginia and throughout the nation, every dollar a student can receive through scholarships helps,” said Beth Ryan, managing editor of The State Journal. “These scholarships are designed to help students pursue their dream careers either in West Virginia or elsewhere and not be saddled with debt.”

The scholarship program began in 2009 as a way for The State Journal to recognize and honor high school seniors who make a difference in their schools, their communities and the state. 

“Every student who received this scholarship this year is inspiring and extraordinary,” said Bray Cary, CEO and president of West Virginia Media, the parent company of The State Journal.. “They have set some remarkable goals for themselves, and speaking on behalf of West Virginia Media, The State Journal and the state, I am immensely proud of each and every one.”