BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College on Saturday announced the recipient of the college’s prestigious Oreon E. Scott Award, which recognizes the student who has the highest academic standing in the graduating class.

Rebecca LeeDuring the college’s digital degree-conferral ceremony, Rebecca Lee, of Huntington, W.Va., was recognized as the class of 2020’s honoree. Provost and Dean of Faculty Joe Lane made the announcement.

Lee received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry on Saturday and, throughout her studies, completed a minor in art.

In April, she received the college’s Leonard Emory Yurko Award, which recognizes the top premedical student in the class, and last summer she completed a NASA-INBRI summer research fellowship at Marshall University. She also served as a tutor and a lab assistant for Bethany’s chemistry program.

During her career at Bethany, she was a student-athlete and active in campus life. She was a defensive back for the Bison soccer team and took part in a service-learning trip to Puerto Rico.

She is a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta premedical honors society, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry honors society.

Lee plans to apply for admission to medical school for fall of 2021.

“We are supremely confident that she will soon join an illustrious list of physicians who graduated from Bethany College and went on to make major contributions to the cause of public health in our country,” Lane said in his announcement.

Lee is the daughter of Paul and Patricia Lee.

The Oreon E. Scott Award singles out the graduating senior who has achieved the highest academic standing over the entire period of study. The namesake of this historical award was a longtime Bethany trustee and a graduate of the class of 1892.


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.