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Local Students With Ties to U.S. Marines Are Given $1,000 Scholarships

Mar 30 2020
Heather Ziegler |The Intelligencer

WHEELING – Three college students with local ties are recipients of 2020 Hershel “Woody” Williams Scholarship Foundation scholarships. Each receives $1,000.

Among the local awardees are:

Vincent Joseph Kolenich II of Bellaire, who is a Marine veteran attending Temple University.

Ryan Paul, who lives in Cave Creek, Arizona and is attending Paradise Valley Community College. He is Nanny’s grandson.

Ava Elizabeth Polinski of Moundsville, daughter of David and Rhonda Polinski, is attending West Virginia University. Her father is a member of the Marine Corps League.

According to Marine veteran and scholarship chairman John Nanny, to date, “The Foundation has awarded 134 scholarships totaling $116,000. It’s been a very good year for the Foundation. We had 15 applicants, with only one not meeting the deadline.”

Nanny, of Wheeling, has chaired the scholarship committee for the past 21 years. The three scholarship winners with local ties were sponsored by the Jones-Wolin & O’Brien Marine Corps League Det. 771, Wheeling.

Nanny said due to the current situation with the coronavirus and people not being able to assemble, an awards ceremony has not been held, but he hopes it can be rescheduled in May.

The scholarship foundation, founded by its namesake who is the last surviving World War II Medal of Honor recipient from West Virginia, provides college scholarships to eligible survivors of Marines who gave their lives in the line of duty, or for families of eligible members of the West Virginia Marine Corps League.

Other scholarship winners from throughout the state include: Olivia Arline of Huntington, attending Ohio State University; Brinna Hathaway of Wood County, attending WVU; Michelle Hathaway of Wood County, attending Wood County School of Nursing; Lacey Alison Hunt of Beckley, who is attending WVU; Logan Lee Hunt, of Beckley, also attending WVU; Alicia Lane of Huntington, attending Marshall University; Kaitlin McLain of Huntington, attending WVU; Reilly McLain of Huntington, attending Marshall University; Madelyn Ross of Huntington, attending Marshall University; Marleigh Ross of Huntington, attending Marshall University School of Pharmacy; and Shaayna L. Summerlin of Morgantown who is attending Fairmont State.