WEST VIRGINIA—The Knights of Columbus Wheeling Jesuit University Scholarship Foundation has awarded two scholarships in the amount $1,000 each to Marissa J. Harris and Elizabeth L. Potts.
Marissa is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen with a grade point average of 3.64. She was a cheerleader for four years, a member of the choir and a cantor for Masses. She also volunteered for Catholic Charities West Virginia, the Marshall County Animal Shelter and Special Olympics, and participated in “Red Cross America” to encourage children to read. She also helped with Appalachian Outreach and to pack “Boatsies Boxes” care packages for troops serving in Iraq. She also helped coach the seventh- and eighth-grade cheerleading classes at Our Lady of Peace School in Wheeling.
Marissa is the daughter of James Harris, who is a member of the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Peace Council No. 12195. At WJU, she will be majoring in early childhood education with a minor in psychology. She plans to become a guidance counselor.
Elizabeth is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Donahue High School in McMechen with a grade point average of 4.1. She served as a reader at Masses and was a member of the choir. At Bishop Donahue, she was a member of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and was involved in the school’s Walk-A-Thon, Three Angels Service Day, basketball, cross country, track, school musicals and the yearbook. Her community activities included working at the local soup kitchen; donating to local food, toy and coat drives; and volunteering for Special Olympics.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Kevin Potts, who is a member of the Knights of Columbus Rev. F.L. Flanagan Council No. 1907. Following graduation of WJU, she plans to complete a two-year internship in an intensive care unit and then return to school to obtain a three-year specialized degree as a nurse anesthetist.