by Ron Gregory
Williamson — Eight area high school students have received scholarships to attend either Marshall or West Virginia University. The $500 one-time awards are being presented by the Marcum Law Office in Williamson.
The program began last year and was expanded to include Logan, Van, Chapmanville, Mingo Central, Man and Tug Valley high schools this year.
Attorney Justin Marcum, founder of the Marcum Law Office, said those considered for the scholarships must present need, complete an essay on how they plan to give back to Southern West Virginia, and their life goals. He said grades, and club and organization memberships are also considered by the application committee.
Winners this year are: Lee Chafin and MaKenna Pinson of Mingo Central; Jared Farley of Tug Valley; Austin Gent of Man; Faith Ferrell and Maloree Mullins of Chapmanville Regional; Kaleb Thompson of Logan; and Cole Price of Van.
Marcum said the scholarship is intended as an annual event. It will be available next year, he said. Anyone wanting an application should contact his law office in Williamson.
Marcum said he was exited to make the presentations. He personally attended each of the high schools’ awards presentations and said he was “humbled” to assist the students. Marcum also represents Mingo and Logan counties in the stare House of Delegates.
The law office handles many types of cases, including car accidents, family law and personal injury.