Courtesy Photo Pictured from left to right: Ray Scites, TVMI Treasurer, Jeff Wilson, White Forest Resources, Seth Jude; Payton Fitchpatrick, Bud Baldwin, TVMI President; Ashley Harrison, Jarrett Branham and Logan Varney. (Not picture Jon T. Mills)

Williamson Daily News

CHAPMANVILLE - Six scholarship recipients were given awards Thursday at the Tug Valley Mining Institute (TVMI) dinner meeting at the Logan County Club in Chapmanville.

The $8,000 David B. Akers Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Payton Fitchpatrick of Tug Valley High, and the $8,000 Raymond J. Scites Honorary Scholarship Award was awarded to Ashley Harrison of Belfry High.

Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to Jarrett Branham, Pike Central; Seth Jude, Mingo Central; Jon T. Mills, Belfry High; and Logan Varney, Pike Central.

The guest speaker was Jeff Wilson, CEO of White Forest Resources. Wilson encouraged the students to have no fear and embrace each path with enthusiasm. Rish Equipment sponsored the meeting and has been a longtime supporter of the scholarship program.

Over the past 23 years, TVMI has awarded 136 students $333,250 in scholarships. The TVMI scholarship is open to students from Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Pike, and Martin counties. The applications are available in November of each year and may be obtained from Marsha Williams at the First National Bank of Williamson or from a TVMI board member.