The Holcomb Class of Yeager Scholars (2022) at Marshall University had their first field experience in the context of their two-year, Yeager Seminar sequence of four intensive courses. Their fieldtrip, as a part of the first of their Yeager Seminars, entails exploring industry, defense, civil rights, history, and politics in our nation’s capital. The jam-packed trip kicked off with an exceptional meeting at Boeing, led by Marshall alumnus, General Tony Crutchfield. (Ret.) Gen. Crutchfield, in his new role with Boeing, introduced the students to the vast operation that is Boeing, facilitated an interactive panel discussion with his colleagues and the Yeager Scholars, and led the students to the Pentagon. While at the Pentagon, they met with Gen. Brian Winski, the Army’s legislative liaison to Congress.
The rest of the weekend consisted of stops at the US Capitol, the Library of Congress, National Archives, Newseum, the National Museum of Natural History, and time with the beautiful and meaningful monuments that stretch along the National Mall.
Each of the four Yeager seminars include a field experience that allows students to relate real world experiences and scenarios with their regular assignments.
Erica Burns, a rising sophomore from Hurricane, West Virginia, graduated from Hanyang International Summer School in South Korea. Erica, a member of the Society of Yeager Scholars Class of 2021 majoring in Statistics, used her summer break to learn more about Korean language and culture, earning credits toward an Asian Studies minor. Look for more details from Erica’s experience when she returns to the States this fall.
Yeager Scholars Liz Adams and Luca Brambilla are seen here proudly representing Marshall University at (nearly) the top of the world at the Mt. Everest base camp. Here we catch them experiencing time in Nepal and on the face of Everest before they spend the summer volunteering and teaching in India. #MarshallUFamily
Lexi Adkins is not the stereotypical cheerleader of Hollywood fame – ditzy, mean and knowing nothing about the sports for which she cheers.
Adkins, 18, and a freshman at Marshall University, is the opposite of all those unflattering qualities. The young woman flying through the air and back flipping across the Thundering Herd’s fields and courts is a Yeager Scholar, the recipient of the highest academic scholarship the university awards. Intelligent, polite and athletic, Adkins earned grades and test scores to qualify for entry into nearly any college in the nation. She chose Marshall.
Yeager Scholar Victoria Endres who is a Literary Studies and Creative Writing major has had three recent publications. Her nonfiction essay “Skinny” appears in the Manhattanville Review.
Her poem “Tattoo” appears in the Underscore Review. And, finally, her nonfiction essay “Mirror, Mirror” is in volume sixteen of Thoreau’s Rooster.
Here, members of the Marshall family—including Hunter Barclay, a Yeager Scholar and President of the Marshall University Student Government Association, together with the acclaimed John Marshall Fife and Drum Corps—traveled to Richmond, Virginia for the second consecutive year to celebrate the nation’s longest-serving chief justice and the University’s namesake, Chief Justice John Marshall.
The Society of Yeager Scholars has announced its 32nd class of students, who will begin their studies at Marshall University this fall.
The Yeager program, under the auspices of Marshall’s Honors College, provides numerous benefits to students, including full tuition, room and board; a summer study at Oxford University; a laptop; and additional academic, leadership, and enrichment opportunities.
“Our newest class of incoming Yeager Scholars were chosen from an amazingly talented pool of high school seniors,” said Dr. Nicki LoCascio, dean of the Honors College. “It was a very difficult task for our selection committee to identify only eight students. My expectations are that these new scholars will continue the Yeager legacy for success and I look forward to welcoming them to Marshall this fall semester.”
Students participate in four rigorous seminars in their first two years as Yeager Scholars, in addition to the courses they must take for their majors. Students are expected to maintain a 3.5 GPA while developing social and leadership skills on campus and in the Huntington community.
Each Yeager class is named after an individual, family or company who has supported the program. The 32nd class will be named the J. Marshall and Patricia Harris Holcomb Class of 2022. In addition, Yeager Scholars receive support from a board of directors and an active alumni network.
The eight students who will begin the program this fall are:
Alexis Conley, Wayne, West Virginia, Wayne High School, Biology
Adria Fox, Huntington, West Virginia, Cabell Midland High School, Nursing
Zack Ihnat, Charleston, West Virginia, Capital High School, Civil Engineering (emphasis Environmental) and Spanish
Ian McKnight, Davisville, West Virginia, Parkersburg South High School, Biomedical Engineering
Julia Minigh, Ashland, Kentucky, Paul G. Blazer High School, Biology and Spanish
Logan Rose, Sutton, West Virginia, Braxton County High School, Mathematics
Rileigh Smirl, Huntington, West Virginia, Huntington High School, Online Journalism
LeTrae Wilborn, Princeton, West Virginia, Princeton Senior High School, Biology
The application cycle for the next class of Yeager Scholars will open Oct. 1.
Aaron Roberts, Yeager Scholar Class of 2019 was recently awarded a DAAD-RISE. Aaron, a junior Biochemistry major, will research natural killer cells (lymphocytes in the same family as T and B cells,) in an international lab in Halle, Germany. RISE Germany offers summer research in Germany for undergraduate students from North America, Great Britain and Ireland.
Congratulations to Yeager Scholars Liz Adams and Hunter Barclay, along with their teammates in 42 Peaks, for advancing in Intuit‘s first Innovating for Impact design challenge. Innovating for Impact, a collaboration between Marshall University and Intuit, included seven teams that received training on innovation from Intuit leadership, and applied key principles to three specific challenges facing West Virginia today: providing educational opportunities for youth in rural communities, battling substance abuse and creating technology-based jobs in the state.
Members of 42 Peaks designed an app to connect people to resources, support groups, community events, peers with similar experiences, real-time video mentors and other resources. Liz, Hunter, and the other members of the top three teams, will receive a trip to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, where they will receive a two-day immersive experience to explore some of the top technology companies, and gain hands-on experience collaborating with an Intuit Design for Delight team and receiving additional coaching.
Actress Jennifer Garner, NFL football legend and Marshall alumnus Chad Pennington and Intuit CEO Brad Smith coached and selected the three teams during a finale event held at Marshall’s Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. “At Intuit, our mission is to power prosperity around the world, and youth are a large part of building a more prosperous future. By sharing our tried-and-true Design for Delight innovation principles with some of the bright, young minds at Marshall, we are taking a step forward to make a lasting impact in this community,” said Smith.