University News
For Immediate Release: 
Sep 12 2001

Commitment to Education Is a Family Affair for Linda and Joseph Soto

Athens, W.Va. - A Concord College graduate and her brother recently established a scholarship for prospective teachers at Concord College.

Concord alumna Linda Lou Soto of Annandale, Va., and her brother, Joseph Soto, of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., founded the Joseph S. Soto Family Teacher Education Scholarship in honor of their parents, Joseph S. and Priscilla Hunter Soto. Both Joseph S. Soto and Priscilla Hunter Soto graduated from Concord College and worked as educators in West Virginia.

Linda Soto, who grew up in Charleston, said that she and her brother founded the Joseph S. Soto Family Teacher Education Scholarship to honor her parents and to help deserving students.

“Because my parents loved Concord and they had some special, favorite teachers there, and I loved Concord, too—I just thought it would be a good thing to establish the scholarship so somebody else can enjoy being at Concord and learning and bettering themselves.

“I hope that through this scholarship someone who may not otherwise have an opportunity to go to college or have financial means will be able to make those goals happen,” Soto said.

Linda Lou Soto graduated from Concord in 1959 with a degree in teacher education. She said that her parents and other family members—many of them Concord graduates—influenced her decision to attend Concord in the late fifties.

“My mom and dad influenced me. They were both teachers at one time and I had great aunts who were teachers, too, so that was an influence in my decision to attend Concord and major in education,” Soto explained.

Concord College Vice President for Development J. Douglas Machesney praised the Sotos for establishing the scholarship.

“We’re very grateful to the Soto family for this scholarship,” said Machesney. “Not only will Concord College teacher education students benefit from the Sotos’ generous gift, but also the students they teach after graduation. Linda Lou and Joseph Soto are to be commended for the honor they have bestowed upon their parents.”

Candidates for the Joseph L. Soto Family Teacher Education Scholarship must be admitted to the teacher education program at Concord, and must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better and be a resident of West Virginia.

For more information or to apply for the Joseph L. Soto Family Teacher Education Scholarship, call 1-304-384-5248 or email