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West Virginia Legislative Service File Photo – Hershel “Woody” Williams

WHEELING – As West Virginia’s latest WWII Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams’ dedication to his state and country has been strong for decades. Within this devotion to West Virginia is a scholarship in his name for the families of eligible Marine Corps survivors and the families of League members of the Marine Corps.

The Hershel “Woody” Williams Scholarship Foundation is seeking applicants for the latest round of scholarships. According to the chairman of the scholarship foundation, John Nanny, himself a Navy veteran, the foundation has so far awarded 142 scholarships totaling $ 124,000. Nanny and Williams are strong supporters of higher education.

The scholarships awarded go for educational purposes at universities, colleges, trade schools or specialized schools where there is a tuition or fee. The scholarship foundation is funded by contributions from the West Virginia Department of Marine Corps League detachments and private donations.

“One hundred percent of the foundation’s funds go to the recipients,” Nanny said. “All other expenses are paid directly or in the form of donations. “

Nanny congratulated two people who donated their time and money to the scholarship foundation: Randy K. Myers, a former correctional officer who has supported the foundation over the years, and Wheeling resident Mark Sharpsky, who helped with all the printing requirements of the scholarship. .

Nanny also shed light on some past recipients, including 1st Lt. Travis Brown, an active Marine now at Camp Pendleton in Calif., As well as four of the children of Moundsville residents, David and Rhonda Polinski. One of the Polinski girls specialized in PTSD counseling with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those interested in applying for the scholarship can contact Nanny at 304-233-5289, 304-281-2950 or, or contact the Marine Corps League Detachment Commander or Warrant Officer of the sponsoring member. candidate.

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