Superintendent's Scholarship awarded

Superintendent's Scholarship awarded to two
Posted on 08/30/2018
The 2018 Superintendent's Scholarship recipientsCHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Two Jefferson County School Service Personnel employees received scholarships to further their education thanks to the recently established Superintendent’s Scholarship Fund.  
Virgie Moore, a secretary at North Jefferson Elementary School, and Sherri Slusher, a secretary at Shepherdstown Elementary School, were the first recipients of the yearly scholarship that was created for service personnel in the school system to seek an associate degree at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College.
This scholarship was established in May after the Board of Education approved a new four-year contract of employment for Superintendent Dr. Bondy Shay Gibson.  In lieu of a raise, Dr. Gibson requested the formation of this scholarship.  The scholarship was available to all service personnel in Jefferson County Schools.  If interested, they applied, and a selection committee reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. 
The recipients began working on their Associate Degrees last week at Blue Ridge community and Technical College.  The scholarship will fully fund tuition and books for both recipients.  Upon completion of their degree requirement, they will receive pay raises.
Both recipients expressed appreciation for the scholarships.
“I was surprised.  I was shocked, and I cried.”  said Moore.   “It was a blessing, and I felt relieved because my financial needs are taken care of. I applied for the scholarship because I wanted to go back to college, but I couldn’t afford it.  I have a son who will be a senior in high school this year and another son who is in college.  I wanted to go back to college myself, and I wanted to go to Blue Ridge because I had some credits there and it was close to home.”
Slusher said, “I felt very blessed, and I really appreciate Dr. Gibson making this scholarship available to us.  I applied for the scholarship because I have two children in college, one at Blue Ridge and one at Shepherd, and this will help financially.” 

Sherri Slusher Virgie Moore

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