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W.Va. and W&L

Nanya Friend, the editor and publisher of The Charleston Daily Mail, spun a wonderful story in The Daily Mail last week about the Lewis Scholarships at Washington and Lee. The article, titled “Lewis Scholarships target W.Va. kids,” tells the story of W&L alumnus J. Edward Lewis of the class of 1929 and his wife, Elizabeth, and how they came to establish an endowed scholarship program that has led generations of West Virginians from the Mountain State to Lexington. For Friend, the story is a personal one, since her son will graduate next week. As she explains, she had wondered for four years about the people who made it possible for her son to attend “this shining jewel of a school.”