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Elbin Scholar Program Grows, Thanks to Support from Donors Like AT&T

Four West Liberty University students received the AT&T Scholarship for academic year 2012-2013, Leah Cyrus, Zachary Dillard, Adam Kenney and Tyler McGary. Recipients of the AT&T Scholarship must meet strict criteria established by the Elbin Scholar Program, which includes a 3.75 GPA and a 27 ACT score.

“We are pleased with the growth in our Elbin Scholar program as we continue to strive to be a great University. Private funding from corporations like AT&T will allow us to offer further resources to attract quality students and we thank AT&T for their generosity,” said President Robin C. Capehart.

From left, Leah Cyrus, Zachary Dillard, Adam Kenney and Tyler McGary are shown in front of the Elbin Library.

From left, Leah Cyrus, Zachary Dillard, Adam Kenney and Tyler McGary are shown in front of the Elbin Library.

  • Cyrus is a rising junior from Columbiana, Ohio and majors in biology. Also an honors student, she is a member of the Biology Club. She plans to attend optometry school after she completes her undergraduate degree.
  • Dillard is a rising junior from Craigsville, W.Va. and majors in biology (pre-med). He is an honors student and member of the Biology Club, Psychology Club and the Fight Club. After graduation he would like to explore the world.
  • Kenney is a rising sophomore from Newport, Ohio and majors in biology (pre-pharmacy). An honors student, he is a member of the Biology Club and is active in church. After graduation he plans to attend pharmacy school and become a retail pharmacist close to his hometown.
  • McGary is a rising junior from Flushing, Ohio and majors in finance. Also a student-athlete, he is on the Hilltopper baseball team and also finds time to be active in the Investment Club. After graduation he plans to pursue a master’s degree in finance and become a financial advisor.

Named in honor of Dr. Paul N. Elbin, president of West Liberty for 35 years, the Elbin Scholar designation is the highest scholar level at West Liberty. Despite the rigorous requirements, the Elbin program has grown significantly over the past 10 years, thus increasing the need for scholarship funding for this program.

In 2003, just five students were named Elbin Scholars. This year, WLU proudly claimed 74 Elbin Scholars.

West Liberty University is a forward-looking, four-year public university steeped in a rich heritage as West Virginia’s oldest institution of higher education and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information on WLU, please call 1.866.WESTLIB.