BETHANY, W.Va. – Ten Bethany College students are recipients of the Disciples Appalachian Scholarship, a ministry of the Disciples Home Ministries.

  • Haddae Allen, of Vienna, W.Va.
  • Noah Gill, of Beach City, Ohio
  • Emma Gress, of Cambridge, Ohio
  • Aubree Gray, of Moundsville, W.Va.
  • Anna Heller, of Shadyside, Ohio
  • Olivia Zinn, of Philippi, W.Va.
  • Marci Mazza Fredley, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Madison Dressel, Connellsville, Pa.
  • Alexia Valenzuela, of Eight Four, Pa.
  • Daniel Blum, of Wheeling, W.Va.

Each student receives $3,000 toward tuition at Bethany College. To be eligible, the students must be members of a Disciples of Christ congregation, must reside in an Appalachian county, and belong to a cohort that will help them advance their leadership skills and think deeply about Appalachia.

Bethany College has a longstanding history with the Christian Church. Alexander Campbell, one of the principal founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), founded Bethany College in 1840 and was its first president.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.