Elkins – Two West Virginia students have been selected to receive full, four-year scholarships to Davis & Elkins College through the Senator Leadership and Scholarship competition, marking the first time a tie has been declared. Earning the awards are Samantha Bykofsky of Davis and Hannah Moore of Clarksburg.
The high school seniors were among a group of 54 high achieving students invited to participate in the competition that awards amounts ranging from full tuition, plus room and board, to $500. Students vying for the scholarships submitted essays and were interviewed by a panel made up of a Davis & Elkins alumnus or alumna, a current student and a faculty member.
In addition, Bykofsky has completed ProStart, a two-year nationwide National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation program, and attended the Health Sciences & Technology Academy.
Bykofsky will begin classes at D&E this fall as a first-generation student and plans to study psychology and human services.
“Growing up, my mother always said, ‘Education is the one thing no one can ever take away from you.’ This simple piece of advice has acted as a major light upon my path of life,” Bykofsky said. “I am determined that nothing will hold me back from graduating college and leading a life of happiness doing what I love and serving Jesus Christ.”
Moore is the daughter of Shannon and Julie Moore of Clarksburg. A student at Liberty High School (LHS), she excels in the classroom and in athletics. She serves as historian for both the National Honor Society and FFA, as well as captain of the Liberty Mountaineers track and cross-country teams.
“Approximately a year ago, I began rescuing animals and raising money to get them the medical treatment they need,” Moore said. “My next step is to become a vet.”
To add to her experience, Moore completed 20 hours of job shadowing at Grace Animal Hospital in Bridgeport and competed on LHS’s Vet Science Team, capturing third place in the state.