BETHANY, W.Va. – Laura Haas, a student at Bethany College, is the recipient of the Lewis N. McManus Scholarship Fund. Haas, a Political Science major, is a resident of Core, W.Va.

The scholarship fund, which was established by the West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities, Inc. (WVICU), honors Lewis N. McManus who dedicated his life and career to assisting West Virginia students in making college affordable and accessible. McManus is credited with creating the West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program.

One student at each of the nine private colleges and universities in West Virginia received a $500 scholarship from WVICU.

Scholarships are awarded to individuals who are majoring in political science, have an interest in a career in government, or are active in community service. Recipients must demonstrate financial need and strong academic promise, be a resident of West Virginia, and maintain a satisfactory grade point average throughout the scholarship receipt.

The McManus Scholarship Fund is part of WVICU's Circle of Vision Scholarship Program with all scholarships awarded through the financial aid offices at each WVICU member institution. Circle of Vision has provided more than $2.1 million to over 1,770 student scholarship recipients since the program's inception in 1997.