What is this scholarship for?
The Martha Stuart Oden Scholarship was created in 2002 to honor the life of Martha Stuart Oden. Martha was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 31, 1940, to Martha and Philip Oden. She was the oldest of their four daughters. The family moved to Ronceverte, West Virginia in 1949 where she attended Ronceverte Elementary School and Greenbrier High School. She was active in church and school activities. She especially enjoyed music and played the piano and saxophone in the Greenbrier High School Band. Martha won the West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Award in 1954. She was in the ninth grade when she died on April 6, 1955. She is remembered by her family and friends as joyful, kind, intelligent, talented and a good friend. At the graduation of her classmates in 1958, a chair was left empty in Martha’s memory. With this in mind, the scholarship was created to help a student of Greenbrier East High School reach his/her dream of pursuing education beyond secondary school.
What are the requirements?
Applicant must be a Greenbrier East High School senior pursuing a post-secondary education.
What will I receive if I am awarded this scholarship?
Recipients of the Martha Stuart Oden Scholarship will receive an initial $1,000 scholarship that will be made payable directly to the student’s college in the 2016 Fall Semester. Scholarship recipients may also be eligible to apply for a student loan that could be partially or fully forgiven if the student decides to work in West Virginia for a specific numbers of years after college graduation. Scholarship recipients will be notified if they are eligible for loan opportunities.
How can I apply?
Apply by downloading the link at the bottom of the page, printing the form, filling out the information, and mailing it into our office: 1000 Technology Drive, Suite 2000, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Students applying must also:
- Mail in a typed resume.
- Mail in a Letter of Intent stating why you have chosen to pursue a post-secondary education. Letter of Intent should be no longer than one page, double spaced.
- Mail in official transcript(s) from all schools – high schools and colleges – attended. Transcript(s) must include SAT or ACT scores, and must be sent in an envelope with an official seal or the guidance counselor/registrar’s signature written across the seal of the envelope.
- Mail in two evaluation forms. One evaluation form must be from a teacher. Printable evaluation forms may be found on the scholarship homepage. Both evaluation forms must be in separate envelopes with the recommender’s signature written across the seal of the envelope.
When will I know if I will be awarded the scholarship?
You will get a letter in the mail confirming whether you have or have not received the scholarship before the end of the 2016 Spring Semester.
The 2016 Scholarship Season is now over.
Check back next fall for details on the 2017 Scholarship Season.