Max Mendel Fezer Scholarship Announced

For Immediate Release: 
May 02 2001

Max Mendel Fezer Scholarship Announced

Athens, W.Va. - The Concord College Foundation announces the creation of a scholarship fund in memory of Max Mendel Fezer. Dr. Karl D. Fezer and his wife, Lorraine P. Fezer are establishing the scholarship.

The scholarship competition is open to entering freshmen majoring in math or science and will cover the expenses of tuition, fees, and room and board. Qualifications for applicants are: an ACT score of 24 and a 3.5 high school grade point average, and a demonstrated financial need. The applicant will be interviewed by a committee chaired by the Concord College vice president for admissions and a faculty member from the division of natural sciences. The scholarship is valid for eight (8) semesters as long as a grade point average of 3.0 is maintained and the student stays in good standing with the office of student affairs.

Dr. Karl Fezer is a retired professor who taught at Concord for over 30 years and currently teaches a science and religion course. Dr. Fezer and his wife, Lorraine P. Fezer, spoke of their reasons to start the fund in memory of their son. Mrs. Fezer said, “Max was on the Dean’s List when he graduated from Concord College and a very deep thinker. He was interested in sharing his knowledge with others. His many interests included astronomy, mathematics, the environment, health, nature, art, and literature. He had a lively intellect and was very much a people person who made friends wherever he went. He was really a Renaissance man. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do and we wanted to honor his memory by awarding the scholarship to someone with similar interests.”

The Fezers also wanted to benefit financially disadvantaged students. “There is a need-based clause in the scholarship because the main thing is that in the Appalachian corridor, many young people come to college under dire straits, having no money and working long hours so they can attend class. The scholarship will be vital to young people wanting to start a career. We hope that the students who receive help will one day help others in this area. Educating the young people will improve our state. If the young stay here and work, they can live here and devote their time to helping other young people and the elderly.” In closing, the Fezers went on to say that, “Max would welcome this memorial in his name.”

The parents stated that they are very grateful to all those friends who have contributed to this fund. One may still contribute as it is an on-going fund and hopefully it will be able to assist more than one student each year.

For information on contributing to this scholarship, call 1-304-384-5317 or e-mail


Photo: Max Mendel Fezer

Concord College Notes: Jessica Taylor, a student in Concord College’s English Department wrote this press release. Her hometown is Glen White, WV. She is majoring in English Education/Writing with a minor in journalism. Her anticipated graduation date is May 2003.