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Date Posted: 08:31:46 11/08/15 Sun
Lawsuit filed against Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization Inc.
Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4:56 pm
by Matt Harvey, Assistant Managing Editor
CLARKSBURG — A Liberty High School alumna and her parents are suing the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization Inc., asserting the group falsely promised an in-kind scholarship as an award for winning 2013 Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen.
Emily Lopez, 18, of Lumberport, and her parents, Shannon and James Lopez, assert they decided she would attend West Virginia Wesleyan College based on the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization’s promise of a $5,000 in-kind scholarship.
But upon entry to college, Ms. Lopez learned Wesleyan “did not agree with the defendant, Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization Inc., to provide a $5,000 in-kind scholarship,” Clarksburg attorney Greg Schillace claims in the lawsuit filed this week in Harrison County Circuit Court.
The Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization Inc. had a duty to properly advise “of true and accurate benefits of winning the competition’s operated by the defendant,” Schillace asserted.
An exhibit attached by Schillace and purportedly from the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization promised various in-kind scholarships at institutions around the state, including $30,000 from Wesleyan.
Although many students at Wesleyan receive scholarships that can cut the cost in half or better, room and board and tuition at the college is more than $35,000 a year.
Lopez is currently a student at Wesleyan, where Bernie Valento, vice president of enrollment management, said university officials “are confident she will flourish as a Wesleyan student.”
A Wesleyan spokeswoman declined further comment about the lawsuit, saying “it would be very inappropriate for our college to take any position on the matter.”
The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages, punitive damages, and damages for “annoyance, aggravation, and inconvenience.”
Schillace has requested a jury trial.
A phone message left Wednesday with Leah Summers, listed as executive director of the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization, wasn’t immediately returned.
The lawsuit against the Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization has been assigned to Harrison Circuit Judge James A. Matish.
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- Had not heard anything about this. Details anyone? (NT) -- No name, 11:28:54 11/08/15 Sun
- Wonder what the other side of the story is. This is a good reminder for every MAO and MAOTeen organization who secures "in-kind" scholarship offers to make sure you get everything in writing and review every offer each year to make sure nothing has change. (NT) -- No name, 11:52:44 11/09/15 Mon
- Any student can apply for in-kind scholarships. You do not have to compete in a beauty pageant to be awarded these scholarships. (NT) -- No name, 12:52:46 11/09/15 Mon
- so this is from January does anyone know the outcome? (NT) -- No name, 13:20:23 11/09/15 Mon
- If you don't choose that school, you don't get an "in kind" scholarship. That seems pretty obvious. kind of a stupid lawsuit if you ask me (NT) -- but no one asked me...;lol, 14:14:48 11/09/15 Mon
- OMG does any state do what they are to do. What is wrong with this MAO? (NT) -- No name, 15:33:50 11/09/15 Mon
- I can tell you i annually offered almost 1 million dollars in in-kind scholarships to the contestants in our local. It is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that every offer from every school be in writing and in your possession as a director, or do not offer it to your contestants. Verbal offers mean nothing. Do Not even list a verbal offer in your program book. If it isnt in writing and in your possession as a director, the school has NO OBLIGATION to honor the award. The scholarship director in this case should have taken care of that.f the pageant listed the offer or in any way offered it to the contestants, then the pageant will ultimately have to either prove the award was offered by the school, or they will have to honor the award themselves. (NT) -- Bob in Oklahoma, 12:26:14 11/10/15 Tue
- The court case will take place in March 2016. Jury trial with witnesses, proof, videos.... -- Shannon Lopez - Mother of WVOT - Emily was 17 when scholarship was awarded by MAO and not provided, 20:57:30 12/11/15 Fri
- wow. time for achange in that state too. (NT) -- we will see, 22:10:17 12/11/15 Fri
- The lawsuit. -- No name (Goes to court in March), 13:32:08 12/20/15 Sun
- I wonder if the young ladies that won the MissWVOT the year after Miss Lopez won was cheated out of her scholership also. (NT) -- No name, 23:57:19 01/15/16 Fri