CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Brittany Neil had two jobs during her senior year of high school: keeping her grades up and applying for college scholarships.
Now, after her first semester of studying psychology at West Virginia University, she's reaping the benefits of both.
"I rely on scholarships completely to go to WVU," said Neil, who finished the semester with a 4.0 GPA. "It's relieved so much of the stress and I'm able to focus on studying."
Of her scholarships, one that means a lot to the Nitro High School graduate is through the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation. Neil received the David Andrew Hood scholarship, named after a Nitro student killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was 16.
Neil said her brother knew Hood. "[The scholarship] is very special to me," she said.
On Wednesday, Neil and around 120 other scholars from around the state were recognized during a reception at the West Virginia Culture Center.
Each student had received a scholarship from the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito spoke at the reception, commenting that the work the foundation does in giving funding scholarships has an effect that reaches far beyond the Kanawha Valley.