Kanawha Valley Mining Institute (KVMI) awarded nine scholarships to area college students at its most recent meeting. Of these, seven were current Bridgemont students and one was a recent graduate.
KVMI is a regional organization dedicated to building and maintaining personal relationships within the mining community, providing a forum for educating its members in current events and developments in mining, mine safety, new product and process developments, and support of education through financial scholarships. All money raised by the Institute is directed toward the awarding of financial assistance scholarships to students, and is awarded by the directors after reviewing their applications.
These $1,000 scholarships are named the Charles Bowling Scholarships after one of the group’s founders. The scholarships are awarded annually to students at area colleges, based upon the applicants’ academic accomplishments and community values.
In applying for the scholarships, applicants must be recommended by their professors and must submit a record of grades and an essay explaining the relevance of their vocational plans to the mining industry. Five of the 2013 Bridgemont recipients applied from Bridgemont’s Civil Engineering Technology program, one from Blasting Technology, and one from Electrical Engineering Technology. Bridgemont Electrical Engineering Technology alumnus Andy Ferrell was also a recipient.
Bowling scholars for 2013 from Bridgemont’s Civil Engineering Technology are Jordan Beard, Alice Laxton, Ryan Bailey, Nicholas Francis and Dan Hull; from Blasting Technology, Summer Cooper; and from Electrical Engineering Technology, Jeremy Pridemore.