* WHO :* WV Gov. Joe Manchin, WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. and WVU Foundation President F. Duke Perry

* WHAT :* An event to announce the recipients of WVU ’s top academic scholarship

* WHEN :* 11 a.m., Thursday, May 11

* WHERE :* Governor’Reception Room, State Capitol, Charleston

* NOTE :* At the ceremony, five of the state’s outstanding high school seniors will be named Foundation Scholars, an honor reserved exclusively for West Virginians . The award, valued at approximately $50,000, pays for four years of educational and living expenses, plus additional funds for study abroad, internships or other educational experiences. It is supported by the WVU Foundation Inc.  

* FOR TV STATIONS :* WVU Television Productions will provide taped copies of press conference highlights to stations that cannot attend. Call Bill Nevin, assistant director, 304-293-5562, to request a copy of highlights from the ceremony.

* HOMETOWN INFORMATION * : The scholarship winners will be chosen from the following 20 finalists who were recently offered Neil S. Bucklew Scholarships to attend WVU :

  • Liz Banta, Morgantown High School , Morgantown , Monongalia County

  • Laurel Beatty , Pendleton County High School , Upper Tract, Pendleton County

  • Brandon Benchoff , University High School , Morgantown , Monongalia County

  • Steven Brooks , Parkersburg High School , Parkersburg , Wood County

  • Whitney Burns , Moorefield High School , Fisher, Hardy County

  • Andrea Garton , Lewis County High School , Jane Lew, Lewis County

  • Elizabeth Godown , Wheeling Park High School , Wheeling , Ohio County

  • R.J. Jacobs , Parkersburg High School , Vienna , Wood County

  • Jennifer Knipe , Martinsburg High School , Martinsburg, Berkeley County

  • George Lovegrove III , Academy at Mountain State University , Daniels, Raleigh County

  • Anne Mallow , Pendleton County High School , Upper Tract, Pendleton County

  • Lydia McDowell , Tucker County High School , Davis , Tucker County

  • Anthony Palma , Wheeling Park High School , Wheeling , Ohio County

  • Shilpa Ramesh , Hurricane High School , Hurricane, Putnam County

  • Derek Rhodes , Ripley High School , Statts Mills, Jackson County

  • Isaiah Richie , Tyler Consolidated High School, Middlebourne, Tyler County

  • A.B. Stump III * , Parkersburg South High School , Parkersburg , Wood County

  • *Joseph Widmeyer
    , Hedgesville High School , Martinsburg, Berkeley County

  • Allison Willingham , Keyser High School , New Creek, Mineral County

  • Colin Wood , George Washington High School , Charleston , Kanawha County