Hurricane student named a WVU Foundation Scholar

May 11, 2018 GMT

MORGANTOWN — The first members of the West Virginia University Class of 2022 will be honored just two days after the Class of 2018 leaves campus. The WVU Foundation Scholars, the highest academic scholarship the University awards, will be celebrated May 15 during a luncheon hosted by President Gordon Gee at Blaney House.

One of those scholars is Hurricane resident Meg Sorrells.

The rising WVU freshmen are committed to community service, research, cultural awareness, rights for people with disabilities and their future alma mater.

“Every year at this time, I am energized by getting to know our latest cohort of Foundation Scholars,” Gee said. “They inspire me with their dreams, with their visions and with their devotion to making the world a better place. As we prepare to send one group of Scholars off to new adventures following Commencement, we look forward to welcoming the arrival of new, outstanding students such as these.”


Sorrells spends her summers as a camp counselor nearly 200 miles from her Hurricane home. The daughter of A my Haden and Bradley Sorrells, who met at the WVU College of Law, she is a senior at Hurricane High School a nd loves being outdoors, often hiking with her dog and taking a hammock along so she can read when she takes a break. She plans to study in Italy in Reggio Emilia, the city that gave birth to an early education system for children. Sorrells will major in speech pathology and audiology.

To qualify for the Foundation Scholarship, students must meet a rigorous set of criteria, including holding West Virginia residency, possessing a minimum GPA of 3.8 and achieving a minimum composite score of 30 on the ACT or the equivalent SAT score. More than 230 high school students initially applied for the scholarship, and of those, 20 were invited to campus for interviews. The value of the Foundation Scholarship, when paired with the PROMISE Scholarship, is more than $90,000 over four years.