2022 Mikey Hart Memorial Scholarship recipients announced | News, Sports, Jobs

Submitted photo Terry Atkinson, left, and Eddie Weese recently captured first place in the Mikey Hart Scholarship Fund Cornhole Tournament held at the Belington Fire Department.

ELKINS — The annual Mikey Hart Memorial Scholarship Fund recently announced its recipients for 2022.

The scholarship was created in honor of Hart, who lost his life in an automobile accident at the age of 33 in December 2005. He was returning home from teaching a Firefighter 1 Class when the accident occurred.

Hart was a third-generation firefighter and paramedic, volunteering at the Belington Fire Department and Belington EMS for more than 15 years. He worked at the Elkins Fire Department as a paid fireman for eight years.

For the past 12 years the scholarship has been given out to any child of a firefighter or EMS worker. The scholarship is also available to any firefighter or EMS worker wishing to pursue an education in fire or EMS services. The scholarship is available throughout West Virginia to high school graduates and to any adult who wishes to pursue an education.

“We do this every year and we have given over 40 scholarships since we started doing it,” Judy Weese, who was Hart’s wife, told The Inter-Mountain. “It’s available statewide but we do give preference to those in Barbour and Randolph County, because that is where Mikey worked in the fire departments and EMS.”

This year’s scholarships were awarded to Linzy Wilson (Philip Barbour High School), Austin Bolyard (Philip Barbour High School), Gabriel Skidmore (Philip Barbour High School), Cullen Crosston (Elkins High School), Tyler Hamrick (Elkins High School), Kendra LeMasters (Fairmont Senior), and Allie Hanks (Nicholas County High School).

Wilson is a 2022 graduate and will be attending Pierpont Community & Technical College to pursue a degree in business administration and management.

Bolyard is a 2021 graduate who is attending West Virginia Junior College to pursue an education in nursing, while Skidmore is a 2022 graduate planning on attending the American Military University to pursue a degree in fire sciences.

Crosston, meanwhile, is a 2022 graduate and will be attending Davis & Elkins College to pursue a degree in science and nursing. Hamrick is currently attending West Virginia Wesleyan College seeking a degree in music.

Lemasters is headed to Frostburg State University in this case and will pursue a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. Hanks will attend Glenville State and will pursue a degree in wildlife management.

“The students can use the scholarship money for books or tuition,” Weese said. “We also sponsor a kid to go to the Junior Fire Academy that the WVU Extension Office has at Jackson’s Mill. We do that every year as well.”

Weese, who heads up the memorial fund, said the scholarship was created to keep Hart’s legacy alive and to help students in the process. A bridge on Corridor H in Barbour County between Elkins and Buckhannon is named after Hart.

A cornhole tournament along with a chicken burn was recently held at the Belington Fire Department to help raise money for the scholarship program.

Applications for the scholarship are accepted from Jan. 1 to April 30. For more information, contact Weese at judyhartmywish@yahoo.com or message Mikey Hart Memorial Scholarship Fund’s Facebook page.

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