Pathways Scholarship Established For Concord University Students

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 07 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


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ATHENS, W.Va. – The Concord University Office of Advancement and the Concord University Foundation announce the establishment of the Pathways Scholarship. This scholarship has been made possible with a five-year challenge grant from the Maier Foundation in Charleston, W.Va.

The Maier Foundation is a private, non-profit, charitable corporation for the furtherance of higher education in the state of West Virginia.

“It’s part of the Maier Foundation’s mission to financially support West Virginia students pursuing their college education. We are thrilled to partner with Concord University and other donors through this challenge grant to ensure a student’s goal of a earning a degree is within their reach,” said Bradley Maier Rowe, Maier Foundation President and member of the Board of Directors.

“We have met the challenge for the first year and will continue to seek partnerships for the upcoming years to continue this scholarship geared towards retention efforts,” Bren Yeager, Interim Executive Director of the Concord University Foundation, said.

With the challenge in place, the Concord Office of Advancement was able to partner with donors to secure the 2:1 matching funds needed to meet the challenge.

The late Janet Lee Hall made a sizeable donation to the scholarship. Also contributing to the scholarship is the BB&T West Virginia Foundation.

“These generous contributions significantly help our goal of helping Concord students finish their degree programs,” Yeager said.

A native of Bluefield, W.Va., Hall received a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Concord College in 1953. An avid lover of language and literature, she devoted her life to encouraging others to acquire that same love. She began teaching English at Northfork Junior High School in Northfork, W.Va. She also taught in the public school system in Waterbury, Conn., and at Montcalm High School in Montcalm, W.Va.

After being awarded a fellowship at West Virginia University, Hall earned a master’s degree in English, then started her teaching career at the college level at Bluefield State College in Bluefield.

She continued her career in education at the then newly-created Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va. One of the foundational teachers at the Alexandria campus, Hall began as an instructor of English Composition. As she rose through the professional ranks, she became active in expanding the curriculum, teaching the first English Literature course on campus, as well as the first college-level English Grammar course.

When she retired from the community college in 2000, Hall had achieved the rank of associate professor. She remained living in Northern Virginia, where she spent 47 years of her life. She passed away in June of 2015.

The Pathways Scholarship was announced to the student population at Concord University in early April and over 140 students applied for the $2000 per year award. The selection committee reviewed all the applications and on May 2, 2016, was able to award 35 students with the scholarship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

“Concord University is committed to helping our students be successful. Student retention and completion efforts such as the Pathways Scholarship are essential to ensuring this success,” Dr. Sarah Beasley, Director of Retention, said.

“Individual and societal benefits to earning a college degree are well documented,” she said. “By retaining and graduating more students, Concord continues to fulfill its mission of serving West Virginians and the regional community.”

For additional information on the Pathways Scholarship, contact Bren Yeager at or 304-384-6056.



Janet Lee Hall




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