Three students in the West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences have received a head start on funding their continuing educations as medical professionals. They have received awards from the H.E.DocKidder Memorial Trust, which will provide them with thousands of dollars for each year of their medical and veterinary school instruction.

The three recipients, Jacob Helmick, Loren Mueller and Brianne Williams, will earn their undergraduate degrees from the Davis College.

Helmick, an Animal and Nutritional Sciences major from Kingwood, is a Promise Scholar who received the WVU Achievement Award for Freshmen and will also be granted a Davis-Michael Veterinary Scholarship during his four years in veterinary school. Helmick will receive $2,500 annually to support his studies at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mueller, a Biochemistry major from Wheeling, is a Bucklew Scholar and a WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior for 2009. She will receive $5,000 annually to support her studies in the WVU School of Medicine.

Williams, an Animal and Nutritional Sciences major from Lewisburg, is a Promise Scholar who has also received the West Virginia State Fair Scholarship and WVU Berry Scholarship and completed the Davis-Michael Scholars Program.She will receive $2,500 annually to support her studies at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The memorial trust honors the late H.E.DocKidder, professor emeritus of animal and veterinary sciences in the Davis College. He had a distinguished career at WVU as a researcher and educator, serving from 1954 to 1988.After his death in 1989, his will created the trust to support Davis College students in their graduate or professional education.Selection is based on academic performance with added consideration for leadership and financial need.