At last, scholarships with none of the usual requirements.
Stellar grades? Nah.
Leadership skills? Not necessary.
Membership in an organization, or a well-written essay? Forget it.
The scholarships - five of them worth $2,000 each - are based on luck, not achievement, with winners determined by ticket stubs drawn from a big drum Saturday night at West Virginia University.
“This is the first time I’ve won anything,” said freshman Josh Shreve of New Cumberland, who accepted his prize in a packed ballroom.
All 2,700 West Virginia University freshmen were eligible for the drawing, as long as they were not on academic probation.
One thing did count: attendance. Winners had to be present to claim the prize. One student missed out because he was a no-show.
An anonymous donor provided $10,000 for the giveaway, plus an additional $10,000 for five scholarships based on need.
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