PHILIPPI, West Virginia -Alyssa Jones,a junior political science and history major at Alderson Broaddus University, has been selected to receive the 2011 Dr. Kenneth H. Yount Scholarship at the College.
Alyssa is a 2009 graduate of Petersburg High School, in Petersburg, West Virginia. There she was an honor roll student and served on the high school student council. She was a varsity cheerleader for four years, played varsity tennis for three years, and was homecoming princess one year and on the homecoming court another. She served on the prom committee and the senior advisory committee.
She was an intern and a volunteer at Grant Memorial Hospital and a 12-year member of 4-H. She was a member of the Brake Brethren Youth Group. She was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, including that group’s leadership team.
Alyssa’s has continued in leadership roles at Alderson Broaddus University. She has served as sophomore class president, student body senator, Sigma Alpha Iota, Lambda Sigma Phi (sergeant at arms), and on the Community Service Council. She has participated in SAIL (Students Actively Involved in leadership), the AB Student Alumni Association, and the college’s award winning speech and debate team. She was named Miss Congeniality in the college’s 2010 Homecoming pageant.
Alyssa is currently the vice president of the college’s student body and a resident assistant. She is spending this fall semester as a student and resident assistant in Salzburg, Austria, with the college’s Semester in Europe program.
Alyssa’s parents are Jeff and Sheri Lafferre of Maysville, West Virginia, and Bernard Jones of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Alyssa stated, “I was very happy when I was informed that I was being awarded the scholarship. I am grateful for the financial aid and the distinct honor of this award.”
The Dr. Kenneth H. Yount Scholarship is a one year award, granted to a student at Alderson Broaddus University who is majoring in the social sciences, has a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, and who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership, character and service.
The scholarship was established in 2000 in honor of Dr. Kenneth H. Yount, a long time faculty member at Alderson Broaddus University. It was funded by donations from former students, trustees and friends.
In establishing the scholarship award, Dr. John Weaver, an alumnus of Alderson Broaddus University, on behalf of the former students creating the award, asked that Dr. Yount “accept the scholarship in your name as a partial but eternal gift of thanks for the life you have led, for the commitment to learning you have made, for the gifts you have given us in uncountable ways . We honor you not just as a celebration of what you have done with your life but as a public statement of thanks for the care you have taken to nurture our lives.”
Dr. Yount is currently professor of political science and history, and 2011 and 2012 leader of the Semester in Europe program. He has served the college for 38 years in a variety of academic and administrative positions. He has been selected by the Alderson Broaddus student government association three different times as their nominee to the statewide outstanding professor competition.