Harnessing creativity and determination as classrooms and extracurricular activities were disrupted by the pandemic, the new cohort of Bucklew Scholars charted new paths to begin a journey to West Virginia University focused on discovering and finding creative solutions to problems that captured the attention of his generation.
The Bucklew Scholarship is awarded to 20 high achieving West Virginia students accepted to the university and qualifies them to be considered for the Foundation scholarshipWVU’s highest academic scholarship.
Desiring to make a difference and improve the overall quality of life in their communities and beyond, this empathetic group of leaders is seeking new therapies for complex diseases and strategies to mitigate climate change and advance the social justice.
Eight scholars will begin their medical journey at WVU.
Laya Chennuru from Martinsburg High School, Richmond Creek from Woodrow Wilson High School and samvat Yadav from Princeton High School will use their degrees in neuroscience as a pathway to medical school.
Inspired by the strong patient relationships established while volunteering at Martinsburg VA Medical Center and her mother’s rewarding career as a physician, Chennuru plans to pursue a career as a physician assistant in emergency medicine.
richmond, who saw his father suffer from ALS, aspires to explore the world as a traveling neurologist or surgeon, and after witnessing firsthand a family history of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, Yadav plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist focused on finding new approaches to complex disorders.
Liam Risk from Capital High School, who also has a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, has not declared a major illness but plans to do research on progressive brain disease. However, he did not rule out law school and eventually becoming a judge.
Majors In Biology, Lee Chua from Elkins High School plans to follow in his uncle’s footsteps as a pharmacist to improve patient safety by preventing adverse drug reactions and Liza Wan from Morgantown High School, who seeks to reconcile his interests in art and health, is considering a career as a prosthodontist to help those recovering from drug addiction and others in need.
After two successful open-heart surgeries and a rewarding experience as a children’s karate instructor, Annmarie Rachella, a double public health and Spanish middle finger of Elkins High Schoolaspires to become a pediatrician.
Although Dominique Gabriellea immunology and medical microbiology middle finger of Morgantown High Schoolwas inspired by his father and grandfather’s careers as radiologists to become a doctor, a love of sport sparked his interest in orthopedic medicine.
Inspired by Disability Advocacy by Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Heather Abbot Rebecca Cox from Fairmont High School plans to use his mechanical engineering degrees and biomedical genius as a pathway to research and development of specialized pediatric prostheses for children and veterans.
Next, five researchers seek careers in engineering.
Reese Allena mechanical Engineering minor major in data science from Bridgeport High Schoolbelieves his field of study will provide expanded career options in many industries and looks forward to working at a large tech company before turning to a career in teaching.
Matthew Oliviero, a double mechanism and aerospace engineering middle finger of Hurricane High School, has always been fascinated by aircraft and is looking forward to joining the development and production of more environmentally friendly aircraft while working for a major aerospace company.
Graham, who is fascinated with solving complex coding problems and wants to be part of future breakthrough technology discovery, envisions a career in software development, and Leadmon, who dreams of bringing cutting-edge technology to their home country, Still exploring his career options, but thinks his major will make him a versatile asset in any industry.
Completing engineering majors is Zachary Taylora electric and major in computer engineering from Roane County High School who looks forward to using 3D modeling design and unorthodox approaches to solving complex sustainability issues “to make the best better”.
Isabelle Ferrell, a international studies middle finger of Morgantown High School who believes that the real engine of change in the world lies in the knowledge gained by combining history and political research, aspires to attend law school and, ultimately, to become an American diplomat.
Savannah Jones, a journalism middle finger of Lincoln High School who believes a career in news writing will allow him to connect people to the world and help bring about positive change, aspires to become a travel writer to promote global awareness and cross-cultural understanding.
Julia Leiden, a the story major minor in biology from Morgantown High School whose passion for eradicating health inequalities was propelled by stories of sickle cell disease and “Cancer Alley,” aspires to become a civil rights lawyer.
Emma Fleming, a double English and major of Spanish of Parkersburg High School who enjoys writing poetry and film reviews, aspires to become a fluent Spanish-speaking lawyer and fiction writer to help break down cultural barriers and allow others to see the world through a more diverse lens.
Physics majors, Sarah Guardian from Pocahontas County High School, a first-generation student who has always had an interest in space and overcame her fear of physics with the encouragement of her engineering and robotics professor, will begin her journey to become an astronomer. Inspired by his teacher’s old-fashioned teaching methods, Lucas Watson from University high schoolwho is considering a minor in education Where the musicpossibly considering teaching in a STEM-related field at the university level.
the Neil S. Bucklew Scholarship is named after the 20th president of WVU and is valued at $40,000, providing its recipients with $10,000 per year over four years to use for tuition. All Bucklew Scholars have qualified for the Specialized college at WVU, and the scholarship can be used in addition to the state’s PROMISE scholarship.
The scholarships are part of the University program comprehensive rewards program and are supported, in part, by the WVU Foundation, the private, not-for-profit corporation that generates, receives, and administers private donations to benefit WVU.
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