- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Alpha Natural Resources has established a scholarship at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Marshall announced Monday that the scholarship will be available to first-year medical students.

The first preference will be given to a son or daughter of an Alpha employee, while the second preference will apply to a student from a county where the company has an operation.

The award is renewable for three additional years based on academic progress.

Marshall says Alpha transferred to the scholarship the remaining funds from a loan program initiated by Alpha predecessor Massey Energy that encouraged Marshall medical students to practice rural medicine after they complete their residencies.

Alpha operates more than 60 active mines and 22 coal preparation plants in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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