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Scholarships and Awards

The Rural Financial Planning Project (RFPP) has brought together a dynamic group of professionals to mentor Shepherd University financial planning students and provide significant private funding to support scholarships and other educational opportunities such as paid internships and attendance at national conferences. Students are recommended for awards by Shepherd's financial planning program faculty and chosen by the RFPP advisory board scholarship committee. Awards are distributed in annual amounts up to $5,000. Students who are interested in receiving awards must submit a letter of application to the business department chair by March 1 of each year.

Scholarship Recipients

Rebecca Blevins, Junior
Hometown: Bunker Hill, WV
Major: Business Administration
Scholarship: National Capital Area Financial Planning Association Scholarship

Virginia Hutson, Senior
Hometown: Falling Waters, WV
Major: Accounting
Scholarship: John and Lisa Wolff Financial Planning Scholarship

Jennie Tomcho, Senior
Hometown: Martinsburg, WV
Major: Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Planning
Scholarship: Rural Financial Planning Scholarship

Melanie Vincent, Senior
Hometown: Hedgesville, WV
Major: Business Administration
Scholarship: Rob and Mary Logan Hoxton Financial Planning Scholarship

Criteria for Scholarship Awards

  1. Recipient(s) will have declared a concentration in financial planning and intend to complete the 15 hours required for certification.
  2. Recipient(s) will maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be making reasonable progress toward the completion of a degree.
  3. Each recipient must be an active member of the Shepherd University Financial Planning Club.
  4. Financial need may be considered as an award criteria. Recipient(s) must file a FAFSA so that financial need may be determined by the Shepherd University Financial Aid Office.
  5. Students will submit a letter of application.
  6. Students must have completed 15 credit hours in department and at least 45 hours overall.

For more information on applying for these awards, please contact the Department of Business Administration/FACS chair, Dr. E. Gordon DeMerritt, Shepherd University, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443, 304-876-5350,

Rural Financial Planning Project Scholarships

Several named scholarship awards are funded through tax-deductible gifts to the Shepherd University Foundation. The criteria for these awards follow the criteria listed above. The RFPP board, Shepherd University and the Shepherd University Foundation are thankful for these generous donations to support financial planning students. For information on making a gift to fund a scholarship, please contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, PO Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443,, (304) 876-5397.

  • Rural Financial Planning Scholarship, Rural Financial Planning Project
  • Rob and Mary Logan Hoxton Scholarship, Rural Financial Planning Project
  • John and Lisa Wolf Scholarship, Rural Financial Planning Project
  • National Capital Area Chapter, Financial Planning Association Scholarship, Rural Financial Planning Project


Department of Business Administration and Family and Consumer Sciences | P.O. Box 5000 | Shepherdstown, West Virginia | 25443-5000
304-876-5135 | 800-344-5231