Mary Lou Hague was a victim of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. She had been employed for three years as a research analyst by the investment banking firm of Keefe, Bruyette and Woods Inc. Her office was located on the 89th floor of the South Tower at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1992 with a 4.0 average, Mary Lou was very active within the school as well as the church and the community. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she attained a 3.6 grade point average, participated in sorority life and many campus activities, and volunteered for various community agencies. After graduation in 1996, she worked in corporate finance in Memphis, Tennessee, for two years. Then her dream came true - living in New York City and being successful on Wall Street.

Always smiling, Mary Lou made others smile with her positive and enthusiastic attitude. She touched many lives during her short life by being loyal, dependable, responsible, energetic, sincere, and a good listener.

The Mary Lou Hague Memorial Scholarship was established with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation to honor her life and to provide scholarships to benefit students who are graduating seniors from Parkersburg High School in Wood County, West Virginia.

"If the mind can conceive it if our heart can believe it, then you can achieve it!"
- Andrew Carnegie

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- Ralph Waldo Emerson