Concord University Student Jeremy Wood Recipient Of David S. Roth Memorial Scholarship

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 26 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 Division of Humanities is announcing that junior Jeremy Wood of Nimitz, W.Va. is the winner of the 2016-2017 David S. Roth Memorial Scholarship.

“If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would be a finalist in a writing competition – let alone the winner – I would never have believed them,” Jeremy explained. “Thankfully,” he added, “I have had some very encouraging teachers and professors that have helped shape me as a writer, and I could not be more thankful for them.”

English Professor Dr. Michelle Gompf encouraged Jeremy to enter the Roth Scholarship competition on the basis of his “solid writing skills” and attentiveness to detail in all aspects of the writing process, especially in peer reviewing.  Though not surprised, Dr. Gompf was “quite happy,” when she learned that Jeremy had won the award.

A homeschooled student, Jeremy chose to attend Concord University because of its high quality academics. He says he is sure that Concord’s demanding curriculum “will help better prepare me for what comes after my undergraduate studies.” 

As an English major with an emphasis in literature, as well as a business minor, Jeremy intends to pursue a master’s degree in education or literature once he has completed his bachelor’s degree program at CU.

Because the $1,000 Roth Scholarship is helping to cover his tuition and fees during the 2016-2017 academic year, Jeremy has been  able to replace his “library in a duffel bag” –  which he “used to carry around everywhere” –  with a shiny, new Kindle.

Jeremy has also been able to purchase tickets to see two Shakespeare plays he will study in class this fall – King Lear and Twelfth Night – performed at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va.

The purpose of the David S. Roth Memorial Scholarship is to encourage retention of currently-enrolled Concord University students who, like Jeremy, demonstrate strong writing skills. The recipient of this scholarship is chosen on the basis of an annual writing competition held each spring semester.

Dr. David S. Roth taught English and journalism courses at Concord from 1969 to 1986. After his death in 1986, Dr. Sheila M. Chipley, Dr. William K. Finley, and Dr. William J. Ofsa were instrumental in launching the David S. Roth Memorial Scholarship Fund; and in 1990 Dr. Roger Sheppard established the Roth Memorial Scholarship 5K as an annual fundraising event. The members of Dr. Roth’s family have greatly appreciated all the donations that have been made to this fund, which has been managed since its inception by the Concord University Foundation. 




Jeremy Wood




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