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The Nicholas County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship for 2019 called the Lavy Family Scholarship. This scholarship offering comes from the Lavy Family, who has deep ties to Richwood, Nicholas County. Some time ago, George Frymeyer, a coalminer/plumber, helped found the Richwood Library. His daughter, Virginia Frymeyer Lavy taught school in Richwood and other locations in Nicholas County. She and her husband, Frank Virgil Lavy had three children, one of which was Ms. Nancy Ann Lavy. Nancy graduated from Richwood High School in 1960. She then went on to obtain a Nursing degree from Camden-Clark in 1963 and BA in Science from West Virginia State University in Institute, WV. Nancy worked in the nursing field at CAMC for over 40 years in various areas of the trade, her favorite being the Critical Care Program. During this time, she also taught paramedics and LPNs. She was one of the first nurses in WV to be Nationally Certified in Emergency and Advanced Trauma. Nancy retired in April of 2005 and spent her years in retirement traveling through Europe and bowling with friends. One shining moment in her memory was getting the chance to meet Presidents Ford and Reagan. Another was playing the trombone. In the spring of 2018 Nancy became ill. Knowing that her illness was a terminal one, she moved quickly with the help of her family to do something that she felt would be meaningful and lasting. She decided that she would like to have a scholarship developed that would give children the opportunity to get an education. Since education was so deeply important to her and her family, she wanted to make sure that she gave those who had the desire, but not necessarily to income, to go to school. Since education helped her achieve her goals, she wanted to forward it to others, especially in areas such as trade school or college to increase their job potential. Nancy said, “I received a wonderful education in Richwood and I am thankful for that. I want to give others that same chance.” Nancy overcame many obstacles in life to become a nursing success story, including a congenital defect, which left one of her hands with little mobility or use. Instead of dwelling on her inabilities, Nancy used this to motivate her to excel in her field. She spent a lot of her free time working with Shriners to assist children in need. Nancy touched so many lives through her professional, as well as volunteer experience. She will continue to touch the lives of those here in our community, in the form of a scholarship award. The Nicholas County Community Foundation is proud to offer the Lavy Family Scholarship, available this Spring, to one male and one female student from Richwood High School, annually. Any questions or further information can be obtained by contacting Tamara Mullins, Executive Director of the Nicholas County Community Foundation at (304)872-0202 or [email protected].