MU's HELP Center Receives Scholarship Donation

Updated 3 years ago From Press Release
MU's HELP Center Receives Scholarship Donation

Huntington, June 5th, 2014 - The Marshall University Higher Education for Learning Problems (H.E.L.P.) Center is pleased to announce a generous gift from two of its long-time supporters has resulted in scholarship support for its students.


The Dr. George F. White and Sandra J. White Scholarship for H.E.L.P. has been established by the Portsmouth, Ohio residents to assist students who are participants in the program.


“Dr. and Mrs. White have both served on our board for many years and have been ardent advocates for our program,” said H.E.L.P. Director Debbie Painter. “Over the years, their personal involvement has been a tremendous support for us in many areas and we were overjoyed and honored to hear they were interested and willing to establish a scholarship to assist our students.”

The H.E.L.P. center is a nationally-acclaimed program affiliated with Marshall University. H.E. L.P. provides individual instruction and academic support for students with specific learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The center began working with undergraduate students at Marshall University in 1981 and today addresses areas of academic need through six different divisions, working with individuals from ages 5 to adult.

The Whites’ scholarship, endorsed by the Marshall University Foundation, will benefit a student in the program’s college division. Eligible recipients shall be a full-time sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate student who is a resident of the metro area of Scioto County, Ohio or the state of West Virginia (with preference given to Boone County, WV, where Dr. White grew up). Preference will also be given to students who are military veterans or a child of a veteran.


During the first years of its establishment, the scholarship was awarded to Evan Hazelett. A 2010 graduate of Huntington High School and a native of Huntington, Hazelett graduated from Marshall this past May earning a business degree.


Dr. White graduated from Sherman High School in Seth, W.V. prior to earning a Bachelors of Science from Marshall University in 1963. He obtained a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia

in 1967 and did his internship at Emory University in Georgia. A decorated Vietnam veteran, Dr. White served one year with the Marine Corp overseas and another with the Navy stateside. After completing his military service, White completed his ENT Head and Neck Surgery at Ohio State University and subsequently set up a practice in Portsmouth.


For more than 30 years, White was in private practice in Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery with the assistance of his wife, who served as the office manager and bookkeeper.


Mrs. White, a native of Louisville, K.Y., is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth, OH and holds a Bachelor of Arts from OSU. She is a board member of the Portsmouth Wind Symphony and serves on the Permanent Collection Committee of the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center.

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