WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., June 17, 2022 — West Liberty University (WLU) is initiating three new academic scholarships geared toward minority students recently. The three scholarships are:
- The Brantley Foundation Scholarship for Students of African American and/or Caribbean/African Descent;
- The Carole Lynn Harris’ Minority Scholarship; and the
- The President W. Franklin Evans Minority Leadership Scholarship.
“The purpose for the inaugural three Minority Academic Scholarships at our university is to provide a nurturing environment of diversity, inclusion, and equity in our community where everyone is respected, valued, included, treated fairly, and welcomed—regardless of one’s race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and/or socioeconomic status,” said Dr. Monique L. Akassi, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Strategic Initiatives.
The scholarships will provide opportunities to underrepresented multicultural students, so they can reach their full potential in a higher education environment. Students will be selected for the new awards in Fall 2022, according to Akassi.
More on the Brantley Foundation Scholarship:
“Offering scholarships to students of African American or Caribbean Descent African descent to provide a financial incentive to attend West Liberty University will help them build cross cultural connections. It is our collective hope that this opportunity may lead to increased applications and/or retention for minority students,” said Brantley, who is a member of the Board of Governors and a Google account executive.
“The Brantley Foundation is pleased to contribute to the education of students with African American and Caribbean heritage. The positive contributions of educated citizens are undeniable and though many have contributed in spite of formal education, we believe that the continued education of these specifically targeted communities will have an impact on the quality of life in the United States. We advocate the creation of generational wealth, which is a hallmark mission of our foundation,” said Brantley, who resides in Atlanta, Ga.
More on the Carole Lynne Harris Scholarship:
“This scholarship is a tribute to my mother’s legacy of passion for her work, her students, and the success of WLU. As a beloved professor in the WLU School of Business, mentor and friend, my mother helped countless students who never thought college was an option, get into WLU, graduate and move on to live fulfilling lives. I’m so proud to see that work continue through these new scholarships, to be a part of WLU’s diversity, equity and inclusion journey, and to support the creation of equal opportunities for all,” said Stephanie Shaw, who is a member of the Board of Governors and a WLU alumni.
Shaw is a vice president for Enterprise Technology for the Wendy’s Company and resides in Columbus, Ohio. Shaw’s mother, Carole Harris, holds professor emeritus status at WLU and taught in the College of Business for many years. Originally from Weirton, W.Va., Harris now resides in Arizona.
More on W. Franklin Evans Minority Leadership Scholarship:
“This scholarship is to encourage academic scholarship and leadership in minority students,” said Dr. W. Franklin Evans, who serves as WLU’s president and CEO. “I am pleased to be a part of this new initiative.”
For more information on the scholarships, please contact Dr. Akassi at officeofDEI@westliberty.edu or call 304.336.8292.