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Berkeley Springs student in running for $90,000 scholarship

Final phase of three-part application involves online voting

June 07, 2010

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Chelsea Hessler, 17, a junior at Berkeley Springs High School, has been selected a finalist in the West Virginia Scholar competition. Twelve West Virginia high school juniors have emerged from an applicant pool of more than 100 students to be named as finalists in the third West Virginia Scholar competition.

Hessler is the only finalist representing the Eastern Panhandle remaining in the competition.

The program, which is sponsored by West Virginia Wesleyan College, West Virginia MetroNews, Friends of Coal and the West Virginia Healthcare Association, provides a four-year tuition and fees scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon valued at more than $90,000.

In addition to the first- prize award, the first runner-up will receive a $5,000 four-year renewable scholarship, which can be combined with other Wesleyan scholarships. The second runner-up will receive a $2,500 four-year renewable award.

The finalists have completed three phases of the competition: application, essay and interview, and have been ranked by all the sponsors. The final phase is an online voting component of the competition which will run through June 21. Voters can watch a short video presentation of each finalist and then cast their vote for the West Virginia Scholar at http://www.wvscholar.com. To vote you will need a valid e-mail address and must confirm your vote before it is counted.

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The winner and first and second runner-up selections will be announced June 28 at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Chelsea is the daughter of Craig and Pam Hessler of Berkeley Springs, and the granddaughter of Tex and Pat Hessler of Cherry Run, Jean Lewis and the late William Lewis of Berkeley Springs, and the great-granddaughter of Irene Gray of Berkeley Springs.

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