Yeager Scholars Chosen

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Sara E. Brumbaugh of Kenova, W.Va. She is a graduate of Spring Valley High School and is interested in biomedical science and mathematics.
Sara E. Brumbaugh of Kenova, W.Va. She is a graduate of Spring Valley High School and is interested in biomedical science and mathematics.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Six students, including four from West Virginia, have been chosen as the Marshall University Society of Yeager Scholars Class of 2017. They will begin their studies this fall.

The program is named for U.S. Air Force Brigadier General (Ret.) Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, who is a native of Lincoln County, W.Va. In October 1947, Yeager captured the world's attention by becoming the first supersonic pilot by breaking the sound barrier in a Bell X-1 experimental aircraft in California.

The mission of the Society of Yeager Scholars is to seek out and attract to Marshall University a diverse and talented group of students with outstanding leadership potential.
David Ben Jones of Huntington. He graduated from Huntington High School and intends to pursue a degree in mathematics.
David Ben Jones of Huntington. He graduated from Huntington High School and intends to pursue a degree in mathematics.

After receiving the scholarship, the students must maintain a rigorous course load, as well as a 3.5 GPA, and are expected to participate in campus and community activities. They will also have the opportunity to study literature, political science or history abroad at the University of Oxford in England as well as study in a country of the scholar's chosen foreign language.

Dr. Nicki LoCascio, interim dean of the Honors College, said she looks forward to working with the incoming class.

"It's a long selection process for each Yeager class," she said. "Every year we have applications from across America and it is a difficult choice for our readers and interviewers. Each new Yeager scholar brings his or her own talents and interests to Marshall."

The following students were chosen as the Yeager Scholars Class of 2017:

Sara E. Brumbaugh of Kenova, W.Va; David Ben Jones of Huntington; Chandler M. Milam from Dunbar, W.Va.; Mary Kate Miller of Berea, Ky.; Abigail A. Pullen of Ashburn, Va.; Amanda Schwartz from Winfield, W.Va.
 

 

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