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,
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.
Also 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
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