WHEELING, WV, May 14, 2009 - Lindsay Moffatt of Connellsville, Pa. is the winner of a new award at Wheeling Jesuit University, a $500 bookstore award. The award came about as ambitious students decided to fundraise and create a monetary gift to benefit other students. With the price of books, it didn't take them long to come up with the idea of a fund for college books.
The Campus Bookstore Award will now be an annual fundraising activity of underclassmen at the University. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors worked together to raise the money that is a one-time gift to a deserving student. Next year, they will repeat their efforts and award a second gift to another classmate.
Moffatt is a psychology major and a rising junior at the University. She is the daughter of of Kimberly and Jeff Danner of Connellsville and graduated from Geible Catholic High School.
Moffatt discovered she won the award when she received an official letter from Lori Dougherty, who is the University's director of Annual Giving.
“I was thrilled, I cried when I heard,” said Moffatt. “I want to thank everyone who made this possible.”
Students apply by completing an application and submitting an essay indicating need, service activities and their current GPA (must be a minimum of 2.5 to be eligible).
“Wheeling Jesuit University has a commitment to making higher education financially accessible to those who seek it. We thank the students for assisting us in our efforts with this new bookstore award,” Dougherty said.
For more information on the award, contact her at 304-243-8144.