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Scholarships for SMHS Graduating Seniors

Scholarship Selection Criteria

  1. Preference will be given to graduates of St. Marys High School who have attended the high school for at least their full senior year.
  2. The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 for all high school classes completed by the end of the first semester of their senior year.
  3. A rating scale which will consider academic achievement and financial need as well as good citizenship, service to school/community and leadership will be utilized to objectively award the scholarships.
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Scholarship Application Process

The Pleasants Community Foundation Scholarship Application Form must be completed and submitted by the first day of April. This application is available at the Foundation Office at 309 Second Street, St. Marys; at the SMHS guidance office; or here. In addition to the application, the following documentation must be provided:

  1. A transcript of your high school grades through the end of the first semester of your senior year (request that your school counselor provide the transcript directly to us).
  2. The page from your financial aid (FAFSA) application which contains the “estimated family contribution” (please do not send the entire application).
  3. An essay which includes the following information: Background, extra curricular activities, community service, educational goals, career aspirations, and how the scholarship would further these objectives. For SMHS graduating seniors, if your family has a history of military service, please state that in your essay.
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General Scholarships

SMHS Class of 1956 Scholarship

SMHS Class of 1956 Scholarship

Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” was number one on the charts when these folks graduated from SMHS. Fifty years later, the class started their scholarship fund in 2006.

SMHS Class of 1957 Scholarship

SMHS Class of 1957 Scholarship

Pat Boone’s “Love Letters in the Sand” topped the charts when this class graduated. Like the Class of 1956, they started their fund on the 50th anniversary of that graduation.

SMHS Class of 1985 Scholarship

SMHS Class of 1985 Scholarship

Family Ties and Miami Vice were popular television shows when this class graduated. They established their scholarship fund in 2006.

Col. Joseph D. Wright Scholarship

Col. Joseph D. Wright Scholarship

Col. Wright, a native of St. Marys and a 1934 graduate of SMHS, lost is his life in Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. His grandson, Joseph D. Wright III, established the scholarship in his memory in 2005.

 Pleasants County Educational Trust

Pleasants County Educational Trust

These are the most coveted of our scholarships, offering $1,000 a year for four years.

Ruth and Claire Pickens Memorial Scholarship

Ruth and Claire Pickens Memorial Scholarship

Ruth Pickens was a long time teacher in Pleasants County schools. Claire was a supervisor at the local Quaker State plant. Their three daughters, Mary Ann, Linda, and Jane established this scholarship in their honor.

St. Marys AMVETS Post 40 Scholarship

St. Marys AMVETS Post 40 Scholarship

This veteran’s organization established its scholarship in 2006. Preference is given to a student whose family has a history of military service.

SMHS Memorial Alumni Scholarship

SMHS Memorial Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2014 by combining several funds that weren’t likely to reach endowment level.

WV Professional Women’s Club, Inc./St. Marys Scholarship

WV Professional Women’s Club, Inc./St. Marys Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 by the local professional women’s club for students in Pleasants County who attend the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute.

 
 

Vo-Ag and Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarships

Please see your Vo-Ag/FFA advisor to apply.

Alpha Ankrom Scholarship

Alpha Ankrom Scholarship

Alpha Ankrom was a 1997 graduate of St. Marys High School who never missed a day of school. His life was cut short in an automobile accident in December of 1997. Two scholarships are awarded to Vo-Ag/FFA students each year.

Delno Higgins Scholarship

Delno Higgins Scholarship

Delno Higgins was a long-time Pleasants County farmer and supporter of vocational agriculture programs at SMHS. His wife, Elizabeth, established this scholarship in his memory. Two scholarships are awarded to Vo-Ag/FFA students each year.

Teaching Scholarships

Gaynell and Robert Adkins Teaching Scholarship

Gaynell and Robert Adkins Teaching Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Adkins spent their entire careers teaching in the Pleasants County School System. This scholarship was established by Mrs. Adkins in 2002.

Judy and Mike Webb Scholarship

Judy and Mike Webb Scholarship

One of our newest scholarships recognizes two people who devoted their lives to teaching in Pleasants County. This scholarship was established in 2016.

Music Scholarships

Nathan Bradley Heller Music and Medical Science Scholarship

Nathan Bradley Heller Music and Medical Science Scholarship

Nathan passed away in 2014 and the scholarship was established by his parents and sister. Nathan was a 2010 honors graduate of the West Virginia University School of Music and was in his first year of nursing school at the time of his death.

Ralph and Ida Mae Jones Memorial SMHS Band Scholarship

Ralph and Ida Mae Jones Memorial SMHS Band Scholarship

The Jones family lived in St. Marys during the 1940s when Ralph was a consultant at Quaker State. Their son, Lewis, never forgot our small town, referring to it as “paradise,” and established this scholarship in memory of his parents.

Medical Science

Nathan Bradley Heller Music and Medical Science Scholarship

Nathan Bradley Heller Music and Medical Science Scholarship

Nathan passed away in 2014 and the scholarship was established by his parents and sister. Nathan was a 2010 honors graduate of the West Virginia University School of Music and was in his first year of nursing school at the time of his death.

Vickie Davis Scholarship

Vickie Davis Scholarship

After being named the SMHS Alumnus of the Year in 2016, Vickie decided it was time to establish a scholarship for students seeking a career in the medical field.

Foreign Languages

Robert Stanley Foreign Language Scholarship

Robert Stanley Foreign Language Scholarship

This existing scholarship came to the foundation in 2011 and is awarded to either a graduating high school senior or a college student studying a foreign language.