BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon-Upshur High School alumna and West Virginia Wesleyan College student Samantha Marteney received the $1,000 Blanche L. Reymann State Scholarship from the Elizabeth Zane Chapter of the West Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (WVDAR) Thursday afternoon.
Marteney will graduate this December with bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Political Science and Sociology. Her freshman year, Marteney landed on the WVWC Dean’s List and has stayed on the President’s List the past four semesters. She was selected to be the Sociology Tutor for 2020 academic year and has even traveled to Germany for a week in May of 2019 to study on the Holocaust.
For extracurricular activities, Marteney is a member of the LEAP Program, Omicron Kappa Delta Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science honorary), as well as a sister of the Zeta Tau Alpha (National Greek Life Organization), where she currently serves as the Academic Chair for 2020.
While balancing all things school related, she was employed both as a work study in Financial Aid and Student Accounts at Wesleyan, as well as juggling two part time jobs at Miss Piggies and Shoe Show in Weston. Marteney also volunteers with Kesling Mill Lions Club and has assisted with Strawberry Festival fundraisers, as well as spaghetti and pancake dinners.
DAR Scholarship Chair Lisa McNeil praised Marteney and said she is “just an exceptional example of the type of students we like to honor.”
“I can’t thank the Daughters of the American Revolution enough. I am so honored to receive this scholarship, thank you,” Marteney expressed.
Marteney graduated Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 2017. After graduating from WVWC in December, Marteney plans to take a year off school, move to Arizona, save up money and focus on studying for the Law School Admission Test.
The West Virginia State Society voted in 1967 to award the scholarship annually to a female student in the upper one-third of her class academically and in need of financial support. The recipient must be entering her senior year in one of West Virginia’s private colleges. Since the scholarship began , the WVDAR has played an important role in offering financial support to students to assist them in the completion of their education. This important work is solely funded by the generous support of individual donors and Chapter contributions.
Recipients can be from Alderson-Broaddus University, Appalachian Bible College, Davis & Elkins College, Ohio Valley University, University of Charleston, West Virginia Wesleyan College and Wheeling University.