Well-known Bluefield philanthropist and volunteer June Oblinger Shott received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Bluefield State College during BSC's 1997 graduation exercises.
BSC President Dr. Robert Moore noted, "June Oblinger Shott carries a continuing commitment to education at Bluefield State College through her extensive scholarship support to students in our area in pursuit of a college degree from this institution. Through her gift of the largest individual financial contribution ever received by this institution, a scholarship program in her name was established here in 1995, and has already opened the window of educational opportunity to many students."
Vice-Chair of the Bluefield State College Institutional Board of Advisors, the honoree is a member of the College Foundation's executive board. BSC's new Center for Extended Learning, which provides distance learning electronic classroom instruction to students at the College's Bluefield, Lewisburg, and Beckley campuses, was named in her honor last September.
The BSC President recognized Mrs. Shott's "commitment of service, energy, and enthusiasm to help this community," in awarding the honorary doctorate.