In just over 10 years, the Agnes B. McDermott Scholarship Fund has helped 15 students from Cameron High School in Marshall County achieve academic success at West Virginia University. Seven are now WVU graduates.

Ms. McDermott was a teacher at Cameron High School for 41 years. The 1922 Cameron graduate earned her B.A. degree in 1926 and M.A. degree in 1941, both from WVU . She retired from teaching in 1969 and passed away in May of 1993.

Her family, friends, generations of students and teaching colleagues created the scholarship at WVU to assure that her legacy of support for the community and educational opportunities for students at Cameron High School would live on.

Now, the family is seeking the community’s assistance to insure the scholarship’s future success. An anonymous donor is willing to match dollar-for-dollar all contributions to the scholarship up to a total of $20,000. With $40,000 added to endowment’s principal, the award amount will increase from $750 to $1,000 a year per student. Currently there are four recipients, one in each class year at WVU .

Allison Butler, a senior English major who receives the McDermott Scholarship, believes it has benefited the community of Cameron since there aren’t many scholarships available to students from the area.

�€?There are not many scholarships offered from Cameron, it being such a small community, therefore Ms. McDermott must have been an outstanding individual to have so many people cherish her memory enough to fund the scholarship,�€? Butler said.

Like McDermott, Butler plans on going into teaching.

�€?I really feel that we have a lot in common, and she clearly influenced the Cameron community in a positive way,�€? she added.

Like many college students, Butler changed her major multiple times before settling on teacher education. She said the McDermott Scholarship, unlike most, allowed her the flexibility to find her true calling without any financial ramifications.

Her family wishes to assure that her legacy of support for Cameron High School students lives on through the scholarship. Students who have been admitted to WVU are recommended for this award by the Cameron faculty each year.

Those wishing to contribute as a part of the challenge grant must do so by Sept. 15. Checks should be made out to the WVU Foundation with Agnes B. McDermott Scholarship Fund written in the memo line and mailed to: WVU Foundation, P.O. Box 1650 , Morgantown , WV 26507 -1650 . Donations also can be made by visiting the Foundation’s website

The WVU Foundation is a private non-profit corporation that generates and provides support for West Virginia University .