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Kidder scholars get help with next academic steps

As two West Virginia University alumni prepare for the next stages of their collegiate careers, they can breathe a little easier knowing they have some financial support as recipients of scholarships from the H.E. “Doc” Kidder Memorial Trust.

The trust provides students in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design with thousands of dollars for each year of their post-baccalaureate instruction.

This year’s Kidder recipients are Adam Sirk of Moorefield and Molly Raque of Greenville, South Carolina.
Adam Sirk

The students, all of whom graduated in May 2019, will each receive $3,000 annually during their continued studies.

Sirk, who earned a degree in animal and nutritional sciences, has been accepted to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. While at WVU he was a Davis-Michael Scholar and received the West Virginia Promise Scholarship. He conducted undergraduate research under the guidance of Daniel Mathew, assistant professor of reproductive physiology, and was a veterinarian assistant at South Branch Animal Hospital in Moorefield. Sirk was a member of Block and Bridle as well as the WVU Dairy Science Club.

Molly RaqueAlso an animal and nutritional sciences graduate, Raque plans to pursue a master’s degree in animal science at Ohio State University. She was a Davis-Michael Scholar, a member of Sigma Alpha and the Pre-Veterinary Club. She conducted undergraduate research with Nik Kovinich, assistant professor of genetics and developmental biology, and served as a registered veterinary technician at Cheat Lake Animal Hospital.

The memorial trust honors the late H.E. “Doc” Kidder, professor emeritus of animal and veterinary sciences in the Davis College. He had a distinguished career at WVU as a researcher and educator, serving from 1954 to 1988. After his death in 1989, his will created the trust to support Davis College students in their graduate or professional education. Selection is based on academic performance with added consideration for leadership and financial need.

The Kidder Trust is under the stewardship of the WVU Foundation, the nonprofit corporation that solicits and administers private donations on behalf of the University.

The Davis College is also home to the Davis-Michael Scholars Program, a challenging track that prepares students for continued education in medical professions and the sciences. The Division also holds reciprocal agreements with several out-of-state schools of veterinary medicine that secure spaces for qualified WVU graduates.



CONTACT: Lindsay Willey, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design