Eby, Glass Among WVU Foundation Scholars

From left, Ashley Eby and Morgan Glass

WHEELING — Two high school seniors — Wheeling Park High School’s Morgan Glass and Brooke High’s Ashley Eby — are among five students named Thursday as West Virginia University Foundation Scholars.

The WVU Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the university awards, will be celebrated May 15 during a luncheon hosted by President Gordon Gee at Blaney House.

The rising WVU freshmen are committed to community service, research, cultural awareness, rights for people with disabilities and their future alma mater. Along with Glass and Eby, the other students honored are Heath Cottrill, Braxton County High School; Shamil Patel, Cabell Midland High School; and Meg Sorrells, Hurricane High School.

“Every year at this time, I am energized by getting to know our latest cohort of Foundation Scholars,” said Gee. “They inspire me with their dreams, with their visions and with their devotion to making the world a better place. As we prepare to send one group of Scholars off to new adventures following Commencement, we look forward to welcoming the arrival of new, outstanding students such as these.”

Ashley Eby, of Wellsburg, performed 500 hours of community service, including at Oglebay’s Good Zoo and for soldiers overseas for whom she packaged stockings. She plans to 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 Moore Capito, R-W.Va., to gain insight into the political process. She wants to combine what she learns there with her degree to help write more informed environmental policy. Ashley Eby is the daughter of David and Nikki Eby.

Morgan Glass said she is ready to pursue a career in research, particularly in neurological diseases, after earning a degree in biochemistry. Glass intends to kick off her time at WVU by participating in Adventure WV this summer and plans to use her stipend to study abroad in Belgium, where she wants to participate in high-level research. Glass earned the WVSSAC Academic Achievement Award for soccer and sang in the chorus at Park. The daughter of Shane and Lori Glass of Wheeling, Morgan Glass has participated in Relay for Life for five years in Wheeling.

“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Ohio County Superintendent Kim Miller. “Not only is (Morgan Glass) extremely intelligent and athletic, but very well rounded. I know that she’ll shine in whatever she goes on to do.”