Four Oak Hill High School Students Receives Mountain of Hope Scholarship

MOUNT HOPE, WV (WOAY) – The Mountain of Hope Organization awarded 4 local students with scholarships over the Memorial Day weekend at its annual community picnic at Graney Park in Mount Hope.   With this year’s awards, the Mountain of Hope Organization has presented nearly $40,000 in Scholarships since it started awarding scholarships 7 years ago.

The scholarship awards were presented by Pastor Jessie O. Parker  of the First Assembly of God Church in Mount Hope.  This year’s recipients were :

Jackson Lemon of Oak Hill High School.  Jackson was a member of the OHHS Soccer Team, member of the National Honor Society, Member of the Aerospace Club and a board member of Mount Hope Soccer League.  Jackson will attend West Virginia University majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Ta’than Kidone Shore Gray of Oak Hill High School.  Ta’thanwas a member of the OHHS football and wrestling teams, member of the National Honor Society and served as a referee for the youth soccer league.  He will attend Marshall University majoring in Psychology.

Samantha Corley of Oak Hill High School.  Samantha is employed by the Children’s Place.  She will attend Glenville State majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Taylor Scott Pugh of Oak Hill High School.  Taylor is a member of the OHHS Marching and Concert Band, member of the National Honor Society, and participated in numerous theatre productions.  She will attend West Virginia Wesleyan College majoring in Musical Theatre/Pre Drama Therapy.

According to Mountain of Hope Organization President, Charles McKenney, the annual scholarships are funded by the Mountain of Hope Brick Fundraiser located in front of  Mount Hope Municipal Stadium. According to McKenney, “the fundraiser is a great way to honor graduates, teachers, and faculty from Mount Hope & Dubois High Schools.  At the same time, your are making an investment in educational future local students.”  Persons wishing to support the fundraiser and honor their time MHHS Or Dubois or those wishing to honor the memory of friends and family members associated with Dubois or MHHS should visit the Mountain of Hope Organization website at  

The Mountain of Hope Organization is 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to providing education opportunities to youth and improving economic conditions in Southern West Virginia.

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