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BSC Student Receives $5,000 Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship (w/photo)

Bluefield State College sophomore Shelly Boggess (pictured) has been awarded the Smith Underwood Teacher Scholarship. A member of the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program at BSC, Boggess applied for the scholarship several months ago, and was notified recently that she had been selected as a recipient. "I am grateful for the encouragement I received from Sarita Gattuso (BSC EOC program director)," noted Boggess, a Peterstown resident majoring in teacher education. "She suggested that I should apply for the scholarship and encouraged me to follow through with the project." The Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is a state-funded program designed to enable and encourage outstanding high school graduates who demonstrate an interest in teaching to pursue teaching careers at the preschool, elementary, or secondary school level. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic qualifications and interest in teaching. The program is designed to enable the recipient to successfully complete a course of study to obtain a teaching certificate and to commit that individual to the pursuit of a teaching career. Applicants must be legal West Virginia residents.