Bridgeport High School graduates attending West Virginia University will have the opportunity to benefit from a newly created scholarship program. Doug and Pamela Smith Van Scoy have created an endowment through the WVU Foundation that will fund a scholarship for one student per academic rank each year.
The Van Scoys first met while attending Bridgeport High School where they graduated together in 1961. After receiving two degrees from WVU, completing a stint in the U.S. Army and a successful career in the investment industry, Doug still looks to his time at Bridgeport High School as an enabling factor in his personal success.
“That’s where I found my lifetime partner, my values and my work ethic,” he said. “I wanted to give back to the school that was special to me and a community that gave me so much.”
The Douglas R. and Pamela Smith Van Scoy Scholarship Fund will provide undergraduate scholarships for four BHS graduates enrolled at WVU annually. The scholarship requirements dictate that the student must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need. Students who receive the scholarship as freshmen will be eligible for consideration for a total of four years, or through their senior year, provided they continue to meet the selection criteria. Recipients of the scholarship will be determined by the WVU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The Van Scoys hope to encourage and continue to support WVU’s first-generation college students and those that otherwise may not be able to afford post-secondary education.
“I’m very impressed with WVU’s leadership and direction,” Doug Van Scoy said. “There still are a great number of first-generation students attending college and this scholarship provides a great opportunity for them.”
While this recent gift will have a great impact for years to come, this isn’t the Van Scoys’ first commitment to the University. Last year, Doug and a business partner opened a restaurant in the Mountainlair called Taziki’s Mediterranean Caf�. The restaurant was donated in order to serve the hospitality emphasis within the management program at the College of Business and Economics. In this unique model, the restaurant serves as a functioning lab for students interested in hospitality, with all profits going to the business school to support further hospitality initiatives.
Doug believes that people should spend the first one-third of their life learning, the second third of their life earning, and the last one-third giving back to the people that helped you get to where you are. A former board member and chairman of the WVU Alumni Association, he currently serves on the WVU Foundation Board of Directors. He and his wife are the proud parents of three married daughters and grandparents to three grandchildren, and currently reside in Charleston, S.C.
Doug Van Scoy was recently inducted into the Bridgeport High School Alumni and Friends Foundation Hall of Fame. The latest inductees will be honored at a dinner Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by contacting any BHS board member.
CONTACT: Bill Nevin, WVU Foundation
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