Bethany College Presents Allison Award

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College announced the winners of the 2014-2015 James Allison Award at an award dinner on Monday, Dec. 8. Senior Allison Snyder of Newcomerstown, Ohio, received first place and received a $1,000 scholarship. Senior Kyle Rockey of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was chosen as the second place winner with a $500 scholarship. The two were chosen based on essays they submitted on the topic “Why Bethany?”

Students who submitted essays for the 2014-2015 Allison's Award at the award dinner along with Judy Allison, Jim Allison's widow; Kristie (Bower) Barnett ’97, Alumni Council member; and Ashley Kanotz, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations.

The awards are presented in memory of the late Jim Allison, professor of mathematics at Bethany and a deeply valued member of the Ohio Valley Community. A 1962 graduate of Bethany, Allison died of a heart attack in 2000.

Each year during Homecoming Weekend, Allison’s Run raises money for the scholarships. The recreational, non-competitive 5K has been held every year since 2001 to celebrate the life of Allison.

Ashley Kanotz, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations and coordinator of the events, said the large support the run has gained shows the impact Allison had on the Bethany community. “This scholarship makes sure that Doc Allison and his love of Bethany are remembered,” she said.

Judy Allison, Jim Allison’s widow, attended the award ceremony in The Bethany Club.

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.