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Fruth Pharmacy celebrates Bridge of Hope Scholarship Fund recipients

Fruth Pharmacy recently hosted a dinner to celebrate the first recipients of the Bridge of Hope Scholarship Fund. Fruth Pharmacy committed $20,000 to start the fund in partnership with the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

“Nine months ago, we had an idea to use some of the Fruth Scholarship Fund to make an impact in the lives of people fighting drug addiction,” Lynne Fruth, Fruth Pharmacy president said, in a press release statement. “A group of us sat down at Panera in Hurricane and talked about this dream to raise money for people in recovery so they could complete their journey back to a full life. We recognized that having employment and career opportunities was key to completing recovery and rejoining our communities as contributing members.”

The scholarship program has the support of West Virginia’s United States Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito, and has amassed nearly $150,000 for scholarships.

“I would like to recognize some folks who were instrumental in getting this started,” Fruth said. “Matt Boggs, Dr. Mike Kilkenny, Tim Hazelett, Dr. Michael Brummage, Judy Crabtree, and my son Michael Fruth. Michael really encouraged me to do something that would make a difference for people in our area trying to get past an addiction.”

Fruth reminded recipients that they can accomplish whatever they choose to do and there are no limits.

The following scholarship recipients were honored at the dinner:

  • Amanda Baker: She will be attending Garnett Career Center for a Phlebotomy Certification;

  • Brittany Farley: She plans to attend West Virginia University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work. She wants to help other women who are fighting addiction;

  • Nick Roberts: Nick is attending Marshall University and pursing a master’s degree in teaching. He plans to teach English at the Middle or High School level;

  • Bernard Slater: He plans to attend Marshall University to complete his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts;

  • Arron Walker: He plans to pursue a Criminal Justice Degree at Bridge Valley Community and West Virginia State. Arron wants to become a Parole Officer;

  • Emily Birchhead: Emily plans to attend Marshall University and pursue a master’s of social work;

  • Gregory Moore: He will be attending West Virginia University Parkersburg to pursue a law or counseling degree; and

  • Michael Robinette: Michael wants to attend Marshall University and pursue a master’s degree in history.

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