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New endowment to help expand scholarship opportunities at CPASS

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The newly-established Willie and Linda Akers Endowed Scholarship will support qualified students in the West Virginia University  College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences.

The $25,000 endowment will focus on scholarships for undergraduate students at CPASS, with first preference for students in the athletic coaching education major.

College experience blends educational and life opportunities for SEP student

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Like many students entering college, Danielle Funk was not sure what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She didn't switch into the CPASS sport and exercise psychology program until the spring semester of her sophomore year.

“I can honestly say it was the best academic decision I made while at WVU. CPASS has different opportunities available and provides its students with skills that are applicable in a variety of future careers. While I am passionate about and want to stay with SEP, I know fellow CPASS students who want to use their CPASS undergraduate degree to pursue nursing, business administration, education and physical therapy. 

Retired WVU professors establish scholarships to enhance student experience

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Drs. Lynne and Andy Ostrow understand the value of education. As West Virginia University faculty members, the duo each spent 35 years helping students achieve their dreams at the University. Now, they are taking that passion for education one step further by providing $50,000 for scholarships at WVU.

The Ostrow International Achievement Award ($25,000) will provide financial support to enhance study abroad and international travel experiences for undergraduate students in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS). Additionally, the funds may be used to support students’ participation in faculty-led overseas travel.

Major life decision, challenges guide student to earn degree ahead of schedule

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Sport and exercise psychology student Alyxis Harper started her freshman year at WVU in August 2013 and had to overcome a significant challenge to complete her degree. Harper was scheduled to graduate in June 2017, however, a life-changing event in her first year forced Harper to reevaluate her plans, including the possibility of deciding to drop out of school.  

Harper became pregnant during her second semester and refused any option other than to have and keep her baby. “Having a baby could have changed my college career and my ability to complete college at all, however, when I was faced with this challenge, my parents came to my rescue and agreed to take care of my baby so I could complete college,” Harper explained.