James Edward Dague, of Wheeling, WV, grew up in Triadelphia, WV. He was born in Wheeling, WV on July 22, 1969, a son of W. Edward Dague and Patricia Naumann Dague; one brother, Dr. Jerry A Dague, MD and his wife, Kelli; two nieces, Ashley L. and Emily Elizabeth Dague; a nephew, Alex G Dague.
James graduated from Wheeling Park High School on June 5, 1988; earned AA degree, West Virginia Northern Community College in May 1993 and his BS from West Liberty State College on December 16, 1995.
He is a part-time staff member with the Committee on Education, West Virginia House of Delegates 1994-present, working for The Honorable Delegate Jerry L Mezzatesta and The Honorable Delegate Thomas W Campbell; Special Deputy Sheriff with the Ohio County Sheriff’s department appointed by Sheriff Thomas F Burgoyne, July 2004-present; Legislative Coordinator, American Legion Mountaineer Boys’ State 1987-present; President, Wheeling Civitan Club 2001-2002 and Governor, West Virginia District Civitan Club2002-2004; member, Marshall County Genealogy Web Site; and portrayed US President Abraham Lincoln since May 1983-present. He is a member and former Trustee’s Chairman at Roney’s Point United Presbyterian Church.
These accomplishments are even more significant in light of the fact that James has had cerebral palsy since birth. “My parents believed in the value of a college education and realized that a person who has a disability is not likely to gain employment without an education. They wouldn’t let me give up. It was important that I graduate from University, no matter how long it took. I enjoyed the people I got to know at West Liberty State College. This scholarship was a way to give back to the school that gave me so much, “ James stated.
The West Liberty University Foundation has established a separate fund number in the name of the Fund stated above. Any and all contributions designated for this Fund shall be credited to the fund number. All such contributions shall be administered in the manner set forth herein, and Fund disbursements shall be made in accordance with the provisions specified in this document.
The Board of Directors of the West Liberty University Foundation, or its designee, has and shall have full and plenary power and authority to take, hold, manage, invest and reinvest any principal hereunder, and any increase or accumulation to it, and any income from it, consistent with management policies of the Board of Directors, or its designee. For the management of these funds, the West Liberty University Foundation shall levy a reasonable management fee based upon the fund principal and interest earned.
USES AND PURPOSES
The income from donations to this endowment will be used to provide two-year scholarships for West Liberty University students for credit at the University bookstore for the purchase of textbooks and other educational materials. The amount and number of scholarships will be based on available income. Award amount will range from $200-$300 per year not to exceed $300 per scholarship, per year.
- A grade point average of 2.3 or higher
- Legal resident of Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, or Ohio County
- Priority will be given to students who have participated in the Student Government Association, Protestant Ministries and those who have a disability.
SELECTION OF RECIPIENTS:
By February 15 of the year that a recipient is to be selected, the Student Services Division will provide scholarship applications to the advisors of Student Government Association, Protestant Campus Ministries, and the ADA Coordinator for distribution to members. Following the application deadline of March 15, a selection committee, chaired by the VP of Student Affairs and including the president of Student Government, ADA Coordinator, and the Director of Protestant Campus Ministries will review the applications and select the top three candidates.
The committee will interview the top candidates and rank them. James Dague will review the names of the top three candidate Among equally-qualified students, financial need will be considered as a factor in the decision. The selection process will be completed by April 15.
The recipients will be selected during their freshman or sophomore year. If, during any given selection year, there is no student who meets the criteria for selection, the awarding of the scholarship shall be deferred to the following academic year.
To remain eligible for the scholarship once enrolled at West Liberty University, recipients
- Remain in a qualifying organization and be enrolled on a full-time basis.
If a student loses eligibility or discontinues attendance at West Liberty, the scholarship will be re-advertised, and a replacement will be selected from the next incoming freshman class.
The uses and expenditures of this Fund shall be consistent with the West Liberty University Foundation policies. This fund shall be administered by the treasurer of the Foundation or his/her designee and the named University representative or his/her designee(s).