University of Charleston

Charleston, West Virginia – October 9, 2019:

This week, Sharmel Cavender, a St. Albans, West Virginia native and pre-med student at the University of Charleston, was awarded a $10,000 TC Energy Community Leaders Scholarship. A military spouse and mother of four, she is using the scholarship to fulfill a promise she made to herself to continue her education.

Sharmel was awarded the scholarship for her strong commitment to community involvement. Like TC Energy, she believes that giving back helps build a stronger community.

“Getting a degree from the University of Charleston means fulfilling a dream of continuing my education and always working to improve myself,” said Sharmel. “Earning my degree also sets a good example for my children never to stop learning. I’m grateful to be recognized as a community leader from TC Energy and to receive this scholarship.”

Her experiences volunteering started in hospitals as a teen and young adult and continued as a military spouse working with family readiness groups; where she took on leadership roles and assisted spouses throughout deployments.

“Sharmel embodies the University of Charleston’s missions to prepare each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement,” said UC President Marty Roth. “We are grateful for TC Energy’s generosity in supporting Sharmel and her family on her journey for personal growth and professional success.”

For the last nine years, Sharmel has also been a Scout leader for Scouts Boy Scouts of America and is presently serving as the Assistant Scoutmaster for Service Projects for her local troop. In this role, she is helping Scouts become involved in the community with a goal to complete at least eight to nine service projects a year.

“As a native West Virginian and a graduate of West Virginia University, I know just how vital higher-education is when working to establish a career,” stated Brittany LaPorta, TC Energy Manager, Government & Community Relations. “On behalf of TC Energy, I would like to congratulate Sharmel for all her hard work in the classroom, at home and in her local community. We are honored to present her our Community Leaders Scholarship.”

On Thursday, October 10, TC Energy hosted a reception for Sharmel at The Grind in St. Albans to recognize her charitable work and academic achievements. In attendance were the Cavendar family, representatives from the University of Charleston, local community officials and TC Energy personnel.


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