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TechConnect WV selects four recipients to receive Mary Anne Ketelsen STEM Scholarship Awards

Release from TechConnect:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four West Virginia women have been selected to receive Mary Anne Ketelsen STEM Scholarship awards, announced Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect West Virginia. The awards were given to students seeking to further their education for careers in the oil and gas industry.


Scholarship winners include:

  • Lilly McCracken, of Bridgeport, a student at West Virginia University;
  • Tommi Kenneda, of Princeton, a student at West Virginia University Institute of Technology;
  • Christiana DiPisa, of Oak Hill, a student at West Virginia University Institute of Technology; and
  • Nicole Wallace, of Triadelphia, a student at West Virginia Northern Community and Technical College.

Barth said the scholarships went to rising students at both two- and four-year institutions from around the Mountain State. “We can’t thank entrepreneurs like Mary Anne Ketelsen enough for funding STEM scholarships that will help keep the best and brightest in West Virginia,” said Barth.

Ketelsen, president of Mister Bee Potato Chips in Parkersburg, contributed the scholarship dollars in honor of her mother’s (the late Mary “Mickey” Welch) start in the oil and gas industry. “Mom was a pioneer in the industry, and she would be very proud of the four scholarship awardees,” said Ketelsen. “I hope the scholarship will encourage each student to excel in their field and go on to do great things for our state and the nation.”

Ketelsen was recognized both as a Distinguished West Virginian by the Governor of West Virginia and a “Wonder Woman” by West Virginia Living magazine in 2020. She is a graduate of both West Virginia University at Parkersburg and Glenville State University.

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About TechConnect West Virginia: TechConnectWV is a statewide economic development organization dedicated to the advancement of science, technology, and the innovation economy in West Virginia. With members representing education and research, private industry, and the public sector, TechConnectWV works to grow and diversify West Virginia’s economy through innovation-based economic development.

Established as a non-profit organization in 2006, TechConnectWV serves as a forum and facilitator to enhance awareness, spur collaboration, and raise the discussion of issues needed to strengthen the state’s innovation ecosystem. More information is available at https://techconnectwv.org/

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