BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College sophomore Joshua Yacoviello, a Kalon Scholar from Weirton, W.Va., has been selected to receive one of the Appalachian College Association’s inaugural Alexander Scholar Learning Awards.

The Alexander Awards, which are made through the ACA, are supported by the Oakley Logan and Ethel Witherspoon Alexander Fund of the New York Community Trust. Oakley Logan Alexander, a West Virginia native, and Ethel Witherspoon Alexander, who hailed from Kentucky, were committed to a vision of a prosperous Appalachia.

The Alexander Scholar Program is designed to link the institutional education of the college community with real-life experience in the working community. By working closely with their faculty and community partners, Alexander Scholars will have the opportunity to enhance their academic experience while enriching their communities through service and collaboration.

Yacoviello, the son of John and Lisa Yacoviello of Weirton, will make use of his award this summer by shadowing a physical therapist at Weirton Medical Center. He will then be asked to share his experiences with other Alexander Scholars at a September meeting in Charleston, W.Va. Bethany College Professor of Psychology Dr. John Hull will serve as Joshua’s mentor for the project.

The ACA is a non-profit consortium of 37 private two- and four-year liberal arts colleges and universities in the central Appalachian states of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions serve a combined 42,000 students and 3,500 faculty personnel. Bethany College is an ACA member school.