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Donation benefits Lewis County students at WVU

May. 09, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Some graduates of Lewis County High School will be receiving scholarships at West Virginia University thanks to a donation from a judge's estate.

WVU said Judge William Fury and his wife, Elizabeth, had no children of their own and both mentored youth in the county. William Fury was a founder and coach in the county's Little League baseball program, while Elizabeth Fury was a teacher for more than 25 years in the Lewis County school system.

More than $541,000 will be used for undergraduate and graduate scholarships at WVU for Lewis County High graduates. The scholarships were made available through a bequest in William Fury's will.

WVU said the first recipients are freshman journalism student Mari Phillips and freshman animal and nutritional sciences major Jacqueline Jones.

The scholarships are based on financial need, academic achievement and involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service and civic activities. Special consideration will be given to students who have overcome significant obstacles or handicaps in order to attend WVU.

Scholarship recipients are recommended to WVU by a selection committee comprised of the rector of the St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Weston, Lewis County high's principal and WVU's admissions officer.