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Community foundation awards scholarships

WHEELING — Nearly 200 area students will be attending colleges and universities across the country with support from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley’s scholarship funds.

The foundation administers more than 70 scholarship funds, each with a competitive application process, that are for the benefit of students throughout and beyond its eight-county service area. These opportunities are made possible by donors who have established funds to demonstrate a commitment to higher education. Scholarship funds often represent memorials for loved ones; an affinity for a field of study or a school or university; an intended career path; financial need and even being a first-generation college student.

In addition to having unique criteria, the scholarships can be crafted to support a student beyond the first year of higher education. A growing number of opportunities include either a renewable component or an invitation to submit applications in the future for additional funding. This year’s scholarships total $462,272.

“We are proud to support students through scholarships, perhaps more so now than ever before given the challenges facing our communities. Taking the next step into a post-secondary education is significant, but affordability is often a barrier that can be reduced thanks to scholarships” said Susie Nelson, the foundation’s executive director.

The 2020 scholarship season included the launch of the Smaltz Family Scholarship, a new scholarship fund for the benefit of Weir High School students, and the expansion of the EQT Scholarship. Demand for scholarship support remains high as the application volume increased 18 percent above 2019 figures.

“Our work with donors and the broader philanthropic sector certainly suggests education is a top priority. A scholarship fund with the foundation is a fantastic way to strengthen a student’s experience while also contributing toward larger goals such as degree attainment and youth retention,” Nelson added.

Area recipients include: Brodie McUmar (Weir High), Aaron Davies Memorial Scholarship; Chad Durante (Franciscan University of Steubenville), Hunter Bowman (Bethany College), Joseph Haller (West Liberty University), Shae Reinbeau (Bethany College) and Taylor Newkirk (West Liberty University), AAUW Beulah Boyd Scholarship; Kali Krynicki (Weirton Madonna High School) and Margaret Rudiger (Weir High), Beulah Meyer Scholarship; Rachel Barnett (Indian Creek High School), Dr. Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship; Rachel Kazmirski (Brooke High School), Frank Ferguson Memorial Scholarship; Sarah Hudacheck (Weir High School), George Zatezalo Memorial Scholarship; Kelsey Crawford (Weirton Madonna High School), Howard Corcoran Memorial Scholarship; Jericho Givens (Weir High School), Jerome B. Schmitt Memorial Scholarship; Alexander Elerick (Belmont-Harrison Career Center), Joseph P. Mull and Virginia P. Mull Memorial Scholarship; Brendan Adams (West Liberty University) and Jamie Fogle (West Liberty University), Kenneth R. Dennis Scholarship; Brody Cermak (Buckeye Local High School), Leon Berze Memorial Scholarship; Samantha Nicosia (Catholic Central High School), Maryanne Pflug Memorial Scholarship; Devin Price (Weir High School), Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe GOC Scholarship; Mason Miles-Heath (Harrison Central High School) , Richard E. Heagin Memorial Scholarship; Riley Reid (Weir High School), Smaltz Family Scholarship; Megan Gilchrist (Brooke High School), Nicole Walkosky (Indian Creek High School) and Olivia Bernola (Weir High School), Tikkun Olam Scholarship of Temple Beth Israel of Steubenville; and Joseph Ferguson (Brooke High School), Kelsey Crawford (Weirton Madonna High School), Maxwell Camilletti (Brooke High School), Nicole Walkosky (Indian Creek High School), Riley Reid (Weir High School) and Sadie Carducci (Steubenville High School), Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Foundation Scholarship.

A complete list of awardees can be found at www.cfov.org/scholarship-recipients.

Applications for the 2021 scholarship cycle will be available in mid-December. For information about scholarship opportunities, call (304) 242-3144 or e-mail jess@cfov.org.

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