Bethany College Awards Kalon Leadership Scholarships

BETHANY, W.Va. — Bethany College has announced that eight incoming freshmen for the 2010-2011 academic year have been awarded the prestigious Bethany College Kalon Leadership Scholarships.

Marissa P. Beech of Rehoboth, Mass.; Chelsea L. Benson of McMurray, Pa.; Natasha M. Daigle of Lewiston, Maine; Alaina M. Heck of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Morgan M. Jacobs of Hurricane, W.Va.; Flynn D. Pollard of Oak Hill, W.Va.; Amber L. Ridings of Inwood, W.Va.; and Chelesi A. White of Elkins, W.Va., have been chosen to receive the annual awards that range between $1,500 and $2,500.

The Kalon Leadership Scholarship dates back to 1984 and is a competitive scholarship program for incoming freshmen.

Kalon award selection is based on past leadership achievements and school record, as well as a required essay and interview. Candidates must have demonstrated exceptional qualities of character and leadership; have achieved a record of distinction in service to their school and community; and have maintained a commendable academic grade point average. They are required to provide a list detailing their extra-curricular activities in and out of school and the leadership positions that they have held. An essay pertaining to leadership, which is graded by members of Bethany’s Department of Humanities, must also be submitted.

Each candidate is then required to participate in Kalon Weekend on Bethany’s campus. Students are able to tour campus, participate in seminars on leadership and attend the Kalon Luncheon, after which they are interviewed individually by teams of three. These teams are comprised of a faculty or staff member, a current student and an alumnus.

A graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Beech is the daughter of Sharon and Don Beech. She plans to study sports broadcasting.

Benson graduated from Peters Township High School and is the daughter of Tracie and Robert Benson. She plans to study elementary education and special education.

Daigle is a graduate of Lewiston High School and plans to study equine business management. She is the daughter of Barbara and Peter Daigle.

Heck, who graduated from Martinsburg High School, will include Spanish in her studies at Bethany College. She is the daughter of Holli and Scott Heck.

Jacobs graduated from Hurricane High School and is the daughter of Jackie and Richard Jacobs. She plans to pursue pre-pharmacy and Spanish coursework.

Pollard is a graduate of Oak Hill High School and is the son of Lynn and Dave Pollard. He plans to study English.

Ridings, a graduate of Musselman High School, is the daughter of Mary and Albert Ridings. She plans to study accounting.

White, the daughter of Mary and James White, is a graduate of Elkins High School and plans to study biology and music.

Award maintenance is dependent upon student involvement in the College community, a good citizenship record and satisfactory academic progress.


Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.