Jeremy Niziol, a freshman from Brentwood, Pa., has been selected as the first recipient of the Jim Hettler Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship was established in memory of James R. Hettler ’52. A retired telecommunications executive who resided in Williamsburg, Va., he passed away on June 12, 2006.
Bethany College’s roots run deep in the Hettler family. His father, George C. Hettler, ’12, served as Bethany’s business manager and alumni director during the 1930s. His brother, Bill Hettler, served on the faculty in the late 40’s and early 30’s. His mother Frances Runk, brother Bob Hettler, sister Amy McIlroy, an uncle, and two cousins were also among the relatives that graduated from Bethany. Jim met his wife, Miriam (Mim) Fitch Hettler, during the freshman year at Bethany.
Hettler played basketball and baseball at Bethany. His most memorable basketball game came on Dec. 9, 1949. That’s when the 6-4 freshman battled Mark Workman, West Virginia University’s 6-10 All-American, to a virtual standstill in a narrow 62-60 loss for the Bison.
Hettler also excelled in the classroom and the community. He was a member and officer of the Kalon honor society and an honor student in Biology. A member and treasurer of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Hettler still found time to serve on the student church board despite working his way through school.
He continued his involvement with the College throughout the years following his graduation. He and his wife were both active members of Bethany’s Alumni Council.
The Jim Hettler Memorial Scholarship will be presented annually to a first-year student at Bethany College who has demonstrated strong academic abilities and has a record of extensive involvement in high school extracurricular activities.
To make a contribution in support of the Jim Hettler Memorial Scholarship Fund, send a check to The Bethany Fund, c/o Development Office, Bethany College, P.O. Box 419, Bethany, WV 26032-0419. Write the words, “Jim Hettler Memorial Scholarship Fund,” on the memo line of the check.