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The East Fairmont High School Foundation is pleased to
announce a major gift that has been received to establish a named
scholarship for a graduating Band student at E.F.H.S. This
scholarship is presented in honor of the late Earl W. McConnell, Sr.,
former Director at East Fairmont High School - and founder of the present
day "Busy Bee Band & Honeybees". Mr. McConnell
served as the director from 1966 to 1989, and his wife, Millee McConnell
served during that time period as choreographer for the
Mr. Kevin Rogers, President of R&E Electric Corp., his
wife Tina, and son Jared, presented the $10,000.00 gift to Mrs. Millee
McConnell and Ear W. McConnell, Jr., with Mr. Elton Slusser and Mr. Butch
Phillips, representing the E.F.H.S. Foundation, Inc., which will
administer and invest the gifted funds. Mr. Slusser serves as the
Foundation President and Mr. Phillips is the Special Gifts Chairman.
Mr. Rogers has established guidelines for the scholarship
that recommend the recipient be a four-year member of the Busy Bee Band
& Honeybees with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The student is expected
to attend FSC or WVU, and it is preferred that the recipient pursue a
degree in a Music or Fine Arts program.
Mr. Rogers attended EFHS from 1974 to 1978 and
participated in the Busy Bee Band & Honeybees as a member of
the Percussion Section.
THE EFHS Foundation has been in existence since 1993 and
is a qualified 501(a)(1) tax exempt nonprofit organization. It
typically awards 15 scholarships per year to deserving students, and now
has two fully funded scholarships that are renewable each year the student
maintains the criteria. Applications for scholarships may be
obtained from the school Guidance Counselor's Office.