2019

     Your community Foundation awarded the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship to 2019 graduates.  To date 29 scholarships have been awarded  totaling over $25,000 to West Virginia high school cross country and track and field athletes.  This year’s scholarship recipients are Nathaniel Edwards-University High School, Brooke Burns-Scott High School and Kellen Tropeck-Oak Glenn High School.

     As a less than competitive runner in middle school, Nathaniel Edwards was unaware of the opportunities you could create for yourself in running. Watching the seniors on the team sign their letters of intent to run at the collegiate level during his freshman year inspired his dreams of following in their footsteps. While competing on the UHS cross country and track teams under the guidance of Ed Frohnapfel and with the WV Flyers track club, Nathaniel was able to turn his newfound passion into some success while training alongside a group of guys who were as close as family. After a breakout senior year in which he earned All-OVAC, All-TRAC, and All-Region honors in cross country, as well as All-OVAC and All-State honors in track, he is going to continue his running career at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he will be majoring in biology. After his time at UNC- Asheville, he plans on attending medical school. 

     Brooke Burns is a 2019 graduate of Scott High School in Madison, West Virginia, and is the daughter of Brandon and Beth Burns. Brooke started her career in track and field as a seventh grader. Brooke was the West Virginia Girls AA Shot Put Champion in 2016, and ended her senior year as the West Virginia Girls Discus Champion in 2019. She qualified for the West Virginia State Track meet all four years of high school, but was unable to compete in 2017 after suffering a back injury at the Regional track meet. In addition to her championships, Brooke was runner up for Girls AA Discus in 2016, and runner up for Girls AA Shot Put in 2018 and 2019. 

Brooke will be joining the Marshall University Women’s Track and Field team at Marshall University this fall, where she has been selected as a Yeager Scholar. She plans to major in Geology.

     Kellen Tropeck has competed in the Shot Put and Discus at Oak Glen High School for past four years. During      his junior and senior years he won the Overall Title for discus in the OVAC and he is the West Virginia AA discus champion for the years 2018 and 2019. He is also the 2019 West Virginia AA Shot Put Champion. Kellen is a proud member of the National Honor Society and is an American Legion Boys State Alumnus. Kellen plans to continue his academic and athletic careers at the University of Charleston this fall where he plans to major in Political Science.

      To further Jim’s commitment to serving others in need, SteppingStones of Monongalia County is now a co-beneficiary and co-supporter of the Jim Dunn Run. Since 2013, the committee has awarded $40,000 to Stepping Stones which provides year-round recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Funds raised from the 2018 Jim Dunn Run will be used to further support and develop physical activity programs, including Miracle League Baseball, Miracle League Golf, Swimming, Basketball and other activities.

 

2018 

    Your Community Foundation recently awarded the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship to 2018 graduates.  To date, 26 scholarships totaling $20,000 have been awarded to West Virginia high school crosscountry and track and field athletes. This year’s scholarship recipients are Hannah Lipps, HampshireHigh School, Samantha Hatcher, Morgantown High School and Ward Ries, Preston High School.

      The scholarships, awarded by YCF (Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia, Inc.),are valued at $1,000 each and earmarked for college-related expenses. “Our scholarship committee is consistently impressed by the experiences students share about how they have benefited from sports. Time management, goal-setting, teamwork and learning how to overcome failures are common characteristics among applicants and valuable skills in today’s workforce,” says Darlene Dunn, chair of the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship Committee and wife of the late Jim Dunn. Other characteristics that resonate with Dunn are learning how to work with others toward a common goal and helping others succeed. These characteristics were fundamental traits of Jim Dunn and have been key to the committee’s fundraising success.
     

      Although candidates may choose any college in the country, nearly 70 percent of Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship recipients are attending or have graduated from colleges in the state. Lipps and Hatcher will be attending WVU, and Ries will be attending Edinboro University. 

2017

Your Community Foundation recently awarded the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship to 2017 graduates Chase Dotson of Poca High School, Timothy Kinney of Bridgeport High School and Haley Snodgrass of Capital High School. The scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, are earmarked for college-related expenses.

This year’s recipients were selected out of 12 West Virginia high school cross country and track and field athlete applicants — all of whom attribute their academic success to hard work, discipline, and the skills gained from their involvement in sports. The recipients will be recognized at the annual Jim Dunn Run in Morgantown on July 14.

“Our scholarship committee is consistently impressed by the experiences students share about how they have benefited from sports. Time management, goal-setting, teamwork and learning how to overcome failures are common characteristics among applicants and valuable skills in today’s workforce,” says Darlene Dunn, chair of the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship Committee and wife of the late Jim Dunn.


2016

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Scholarship Committee Celebrates 20 Awards in 10 Years With Local Recipient


2015

Michael2015June 26, 2015 . . . The Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship Committee has selected Michael Duez, Bridgeport High School, and Joshua McClung of Herbert Hoover High School as the 2015 Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship recipients.


2014

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Your Community Foundation (YCF) has announced the two recipients for the 2014 Jim Dunn Memorial/Friends of Track and Field college scholarships. This year’s winners are Rebekah LaFata from Morgantown High School and Sarah Ferguson from Doddridge County High School.


2013

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Your Community Foundation (YCF) has announced the two recipients for the 2013 Jim Dunn Memorial/Friends of Track and Field college scholarships.

Morgantown High School seniors Cameron Greza and Brynn Harshbarger each were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the endowment fund at Morgantown High School’s Senior Awards Ceremony on May 3.


2012

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Morgantown, W.Va. (May 24, 2012) . . . . Beth Fuller, president of Your Community Foundation recently presented the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship to Nicholas Robertson of Preston County High School (PCHS), Jordan Brown-Stobbe of University High School (UHS), and Rachel Hewitt of Morgantown High School (MHS). The scholarships are worth $500 to offset college expenses.


2011

The Greater Morgantown Community Trust has selected four recipients of the 2011 Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarships. Brandon Earl Doughty of Jefferson High School, Sarah McCauley of Philip Barbour High School, Cody Pelliccioni of Morgantown High School (MHS), and Shannon Rutherford of Wayne High School were each awarded a $500 college scholarship from the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship/Friends of Track and Field Fund (FOTAF).


2010

The Greater Morgantown Community Trust has selected two recipients of the 2010 Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarships in Morgantown. Alison Kimble from University High School (UHS) and Morgantown High School’s (MHS) Lucas Greza were awarded college scholarships from the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship/Friends of Track and Field fund (FOTAF).


2009

Established to support runners and the running sports throughout West Virginia, The Friends of Track and Field (FOTAF) Fund of the Greater Morgantown Community Trust is pleased to award the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship for the current academic year to State Cross Country and Track and Field Champion Zachary Tennant.


2008

Established to support runners and the running sports throughout West Virginia, The Friends of Track and Field (FOTAF) Fund of the Greater Morgantown Community Trust is pleased to award the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship for the current academic year to State Cross Country Champion Ryan Beabout.


2007

Established to support runners and the running sports throughout West Virginia, The Friends of Track and Field Fund of the Greater Morgantown Community Trust was pleased to award the first Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year.