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Shepherd honors Welches, announces awards program

ISSUED: 29 April 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd honors Welches, announces awards program)

Shepherdstown, WV--Shepherd University announced the Paul and Lisa Welch Distinguished Awards Program at a reception honoring its namesakes in McMurran Hall Monday, April 22.

The program will foster and mentor students, faculty, and staff applying for national and international awards and scholarships, like Fulbright, Rhodes, MacArthur, and Gates, said Dr. Timothy Nixon, associate professor of English at Shepherd and director of the awards program.

"The Welches believe in the vision of Shepherd being a prestigious institution of higher learning, and commitment to that vision is born out by their generosity," he said.

The Welches are residents of Shepherdstown who expressed an interest in academic excellence initiatives at Shepherd and provided initial funding for the program, Nixon said.

Members of the program committee plan to identify students from the incoming freshman class as possible awards applicants and mentor them throughout their time at Shepherd to build a "dossier of accomplishments that really would make them strong candidates for these kinds of awards," he said.

"I believe the caliber of many of our students, faculty, and administrators is as good as what we see at Ivy League institutions," Nixon said.

"The generous support of Paul and Lisa Welch will enable Shepherd to prepare our talented students to compete for prestigious fellowships and awards," said Shepherd President Suzanne Shipley. "I applaud the Welches and their thoughtful financial support, which will help our students reach their full potential."

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Pictured above (l. to r.) are Lisa Welch, President Suzanne Shipley, and Paul Welch.

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