Mr. and Mrs. Davis were longtime residents of Vienna, West Virginia. Mr. Davis was an IRS auditor, while Mrs. Davis worked as a beautician for fifty years. Mr. Davis' parents were born in Wirt County, West Virginia. This connection with Wirt County and its people had a lasting effect on him and created a deep interest
in the county's well being. So, when Mr. and Mrs. Schmalzer decided to create a scholarship fund honoring Mrs. Schmalzer's parents, they felt that dedicating the fund to Wirt County students would be an appropriate memorial. They also wanted to earmark the support for students who have an interest in pursuing a career in business.
Recipients of the scholarship are selected on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, potential and character. Preference is given to students pursuing a
career or major in business.
Mr. and Mrs. Schmalzer reside in Parkton, Maryland. Now retired, Mr. Schmalzer worked as a schoolteacher for over thirty years in the Baltimore County Public
Schools. Mrs. Schmalzer worked for an optometrist in Parkton. Together, they have five children and eight grandchildren.