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McNair Scholar Cecily Flight Won The Gilman Scholarship

October 23rd, 2015

Senior international studies major Flight’s fascination with the Arabic world led her to apply for a Gilman Scholarship to support her plan to study in Morocco for the entire 2015-2016 academic year.

It was a decision that paid dividends for the Wheeling native as she received the highest Gilman Scholarship ever awarded at WVU at $8,000.

“Being a first-generation college student really inspired me to apply for the Gilman Scholarship,” she said. “I believed spending a year in Morocco would really help me academically and would be a tremendously rewarding experience.”

Flight leaves at the end of August for Morocco and has big plans during her year abroad, including volunteering, working with organic food, learning more about the Arabic world and language.

“I am just fascinated by the Arabic world in general,” she said. “The culture and religion had a big influence on my education, so I hope that I can use this opportunity to master French and learn the Arabic language.”

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WVU McNair Scholars Program commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Challenger Tragedy 

January 26th, 2016

McNair Scholars anniversary

Some of us remember the day: We sat transfixed as we watched a just-launched space shuttle burst into a cloud of smoke and debris. A mission of hope and optimism turned into a stunning scene of shock and horror. Thirty years ago, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. In honor of the astronauts who lost their lives, the  West Virginia University McNair Scholars Program is hosting a day of remembrance on Thursday, Jan. 28.

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Brandy Ledesma awarded MLK Scholarship for on-campus leadership and advocacy. 

On a day celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership in the fight for civil rights,  West Virginia University honored two who embody his values of social action, humanitarianism and supporting human rights.

Brandy Ledesma and Don Spencer

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