The guest speaker was West Virginia first lady Joanne Tomblin. She encouraged the scholars to persevere and work hard to achieve their higher educational dreams. Mine Lifeline sponsored the meeting and Jeremy Abraham shared encouraging words for the coal industry regarding the political storm it is currently facing.

Over the last 16 years, TVMI has awarded 94 students $213,250 in scholarship monies. The TVMI scholarship is open to students from Mingo, Logan, Wayne, Pike and Martin counties. The applications are available in November of each year and may be obtained from Marsha Williams at the First National Bank of Williamson or from the TVMI website, www.tugvalleymi.org.