Tam and Betsy Vannoy grew up in the small town of Welch, West Virginia. Tam proudly served in the United States Army during WWII, graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) with a degree in journalism, and remained an avid, lifelong WVU mountaineer sports fan. Tam enjoyed a full career as a journalist, retiring as an accomplished magazine editor. In retirement, he authored a book.
Betsy, a homemaker, raised four children with Tam. When the youngest headed to college, Betsy fulfilled her dream of opening an independent used bookstore in order to share her love of literature and reading with others. One location expanded to two, and Betsy ran these popular bookstores for over 25 years. Betsy cherished her relationships with her employees, customers, and the charitable organizations she supported through her many book donations.
Any high school senior in West Virginia who is planning on studying journalism or English may apply for this scholarship.
To apply, tell us why you’re interested in your major and how your experience with volunteer work or service to others has impacted your goals.