West Virginia University Honors Foundation Scholars from Wheeling Park, Brooke

From left, Ashley Eby and Morgan Glass

Five high school seniors in West Virginia have been named West Virginia University Foundation Scholars for 2018, and two of them are from the Northern Panhandle.

Morgan Glass, of Wheeling Park High School, and Ashley Eby, of Brooke High School, were among scholars honored Tuesday during a luncheon hosted by President Gordon Gee at his home, Blaney House. Others included Heath Cottrill, of Braxton County High School; Shamil Patel, of Cabell-Midland High School; and Meg Sorrells, of Hurricane High School.

The value of the Foundation Scholarship received by each, when paired with the Promise Scholarship, is more than $90,000 over four years, according to information provided by WVU.

Glass said the financial assistance will be doubly appreciated by her family. She and her twin brother, fellow WPHS senior Maquire Glass, both will be starting college next year. She is the daughter of Shane and Lori Glass, of Wheeling.

“My parents are transitioning from having no students in college, to having two children in college,” she said. “It will be great for them.

“I’m proud to represent myself and my high school at WVU,” said Glass. “WVU presents so many opportunities to Foundation Scholars — more than they already have.”

Glass said there were about 30 people attending the WVU Foundation luncheon Tuesday, and the five scholars sat at Gee’s table along with his fiancee, Laurie Erickson.

“It was great seeing all those people, and they were all so welcoming to us,” she said. “There is already a community for us. It was great to see everyone in that way.”

Glass said she had met Gee a few times before, but being seated with him gave the scholars a chance to ask him “a bunch of questions.”

“He and his fiancee talked about how they have no time to get married,” she said. “And he said he really loves West Virginia.”

Glass plans to major in biochemistry at WVU, with a focus on medical research into neurological diseases.

Glass will kick off her time at WVU by participating in Adventure WV this summer. She also will study abroad in Belgium, participating in high-level research there.

Eby didn’t immediately return messages left for her through Brooke High School.

Information provided by WVU said she performed 500 hours of community service while in high school. She volunteered at the Oglebay Good Zoo, and assisted in the packaging of Christmas stockings for soldiers overseas.

She will major in chemical engineering and be involved with WVU service activities and student government.

Eby plans to use her stipend to intern for U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito, R-West Virginia, to gain insight into the political process. She wants to combine what she learns there with her engineering degree to help write more informed environmental policy. She is the daughter of David and Nikki Eby, of Wellsburg.

To qualify for the Foundation Scholarship, students must be a West Virginia resident, and possess a minimum 3.8 grade point average while achieving a composite score of at least 30 on the ACT test.

More than 230 high school students initially applied for the scholarship. Twenty were invited to campus for interviews, and five were selected Foundation Scholars.