Bill O’Dell Legacy Scholarship
The Legacy Scholarship honors the memory of Bill O’Dell, president of the Putnam Wellness Coalition (PWC) who passed away unexpectedly in 2019. O’Dell worked tirelessly toward the greater good of the youth in Putnam County and surrounding areas for over 30 years. O’Dell focused his efforts on educating young adults about the dangers of addiction and the importance of education and a healthy lifestyle. This scholarship is to honor him and his commitment to the youth of Putnam County.
*The 2023 scholarships are available from a generous donation from Fruth Pharmacy.
Four $500 scholarships will be awarded to Putnam County students in 2023.
Applicants must be graduating seniors and enrolled in one of the specified schools in Putnam County, WV.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to students attending public high schools including:
- Hurricane High School
- Winfield High School
- Poca High School
- Buffalo High School
One $500 scholarship will be awarded to students attending private high schools including:
- Teays Valley Christian School
- Calvary Baptist Academy
- Mountain State Christian School
One $500 scholarship will be awarded to students being homeschooled in Putnam County, WV.
All graduating students must be 17-19 years of age to qualify.
Participating students must have maintained no less than a 2.0 GPA to qualify for a scholarship.
Video— All applicants must review the Putnam Wellness Coalition (PWC) educational video (approximately 2 hours in length), complete the pre and post-survey, and write a short essay. The link to the video: https://youtu.be/tCI9z77HNPI.
Pre and Post Survey– Complete the pre and post-surveys and submit the short essay.
Short Essay—Please describe significant points that were made in the video segments and how you, as a student, will use the information to help yourself and others in the future.
Please complete this form, and attach it with all supporting documentation. Failure to complete any part of the application, the video series, and its pre/post quizzes may result in disqualification.
Once complete, please print the pre/post quiz results, this application, your completed essay, and the letters of recommendation to Putnam Wellness Coalition-P.O. Box 450 Hurricane, WV 25526. All entries must be postmarked by March 15th, 2023.
Questions or concerns? Email Cathy Schrader: firstname.lastname@example.org
Essay Guidelines: 12 pt. font, Times New Roman, 1.5 spaced, 1” margins, no less than 750 words
At the top of the page, flush left, please include the following:
List your full name
Name of the school currently attending
Specify if attending public, private, or homeschool
Current Grade Point Average (GPA)
Address and phone number
Whether you are interested in attending a college, university, or a trade school
Field of interest you wish to pursue
Mail completed essay, pre, and post-surveys, along with a letter of recommendation from the current educational facility to the Putnam Wellness Coalition Scholarship at P.O. Box 450 Hurricane, WV 25526. Applications are due no later than March 15, 2023.
Selection Process for Scholarships
PWC Board Members will review all applications accompanied by the required supporting materials.
Applicants will be scored using a point system based on the quality of the content of the essay, the student’s academic performance, and review of the letters of recommendation.
All decisions by the PWC Board of Directors are final, and any attempts by applicants to lobby or persuade the members during the process will result in immediate disqualification.
Notice of Academic Scholarship
Notice to scholarship finalists will be sent via email to the address provided on the application.
PWC will require final enrollment verification from the college, university, or trade school of choice, and a signature for a promotional release. The scholarship is not officially awarded until the finalists return the required documents.
The scholarship payment will be made directly to the college, university, or trade school on behalf of the students.
Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis if extenuating circumstances are demonstrated.
Teen Leadership Summit
Students in Putnam County, WV, and surrounding areas are welcome to participate in the 3-day Teen Leadership Summit that takes place in June of each year at the Valley Park Conference Center in Hurricane, WV. Three scholarships will be distributed on the last day of the conference for eligible participants who engage in all three days of the conference. Watch the Putnam Wellness Coalition Facebook page for details closer to the event. The conference is free but registration is required.
Disclaimer: The number of scholarships awarded, and the amount of each scholarship will be determined yearly pending available funding.