OAK HILL – Awards day in Fayette County draws a crowd of family, friends, and students moving on to higher education.
Dozens of students at Oak Hill High School were presented with thousands of dollars in scholarships to West Virginia colleges.
The Mountain of Hope organization was a sponsor of three of them.
Within the organization is a set of scholarships named in honor of Tom Stafford, a local icon in Fayette County and native of Mt. Hope.
Oak Hill seniors Jalen Jones, Peyton Jones, and Nicholas Oxendale received the awards.
The money comes from the Tom Stafford Memorial Golf Tournament. His son Shane presented the awards Tuesday in the OHHS auditorium.
“Hopefully with the support of the community coming out and participating and advertising with the golf tournament we'll be able to do many more in the future.”
Jalen Jones received an athletic scholarship from Mountain of Hope. He says he tried to get any kind of money for school next year, and it seems is mother is very thankful.
“(As) soon as I got it in the mail I was screaming my mom's name.”
The scholarships are worth $1,500 each.