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Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley awards $445,345 in scholarships to support area students

WHEELING — More than 125 area students will be attending colleges and universities across the country with support from the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, thanks to the award of scholarship funds.

CFOV administers more than 70 scholarship funds, each with a competitive application process, that are for the benefit of students throughout and beyond the foundation’s eight-county service area that includes Jefferson, Brooke and Hancock counties.

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, school/university, intended career path, financial need and even being a first-generation college student.

In addition to having unique criteria, CFOV scholarships can be crafted to support a student beyond the first year of higher education. A growing number of opportunities are structured to provide support beyond the first year of college.

Students can be receiving awards for the first time or through reapplication while many others continue to benefit from multi-year scholarships held by the foundation.

“We are honored to be part of the educational journey of so many area students,” said Susie Nelson, the foundation’s executive director.

“Donors who choose to establish scholarship funds do so for a multitude of reasons, and we are proud to serve as partners in philanthropy. Scholarships support access to post-secondary education that ultimately contributes to achievement of meaningful goals,” Nelson said.

A complete list of awardees can be found by visiting www.cfov.org/scholarship-recipients. The next foundation scholarship cycle will open in January.

For information about scholarship opportunities, call (304) 242-3144 or e-mail jess@cfov.org.

Scholarships and area students receiving them include the following:

– Aaron Davies Memorial Basketball Scholarship: Anthony Cross, Weir High School.

– Beulah Meyer Scholarship: Nathan Elias, Weirton Madonna High School, and Samantha Swidowski, Weir High School.

– David Robertson Scholarship: Phoebe Molish, Oak Glen High School.

– Dr. Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship: Emily Phillips, Edison High School, and Malena Biasi, Steubenville High School.

– Frank Ferguson Memorial Scholarship: Alexis Cipoletti, Brooke High School;

– George Zatezalo Memorial Scholarship: Tyler Kelly, Weir High School.

– Jan Mayhew Graham Scholarship: Katie Zoellers, Kennedy McGeehan, Madison McKay and Phoebe Molish, all of Oak Glen High School.

– Leon Berze Memorial Scholarship: Jacob Phillis, Buckeye Local High School.

– Mulholland Futures Scholarship: Alexis Cipoletti, Brooke High School.

– The Smaltz Family Scholarship: Jake Bostaph, Weir High School.

– Tikkun Olam Scholarship of Temple Beth Israel of Steubenville: Emilee Knorr, Brooke High School; Gracie Jackson, Steubenville High School; and Isabella Marshall of Weir High School.

– Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Foundation Scholarship: Alexis Cipoletti, Brooke High School; Dominic Cipriani and John O’Karma, Catholic Central High School; Kiera O’Brien, Steubenville High School; Morgan Owens and Sofia-Teresa DiBacco, both of Weirton Madonna High School.

– Warren, Mary and Debbie Bennett Scholarship: Mia Zopp, Brooke High School.

“Thanks to the diverse generosity of donors, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley continues to enhance the vibrancy of the Upper Ohio Valley,” Nelson noted.

“This is accomplished through meaningful charitable actions, strategic and initiative-driven investments, and thoughtful community leadership. With assets of $75 million, the foundation distributed more than $3 million in grants and scholarships over the past year and provided support to projects and programs that lead to meaningful community betterment.:

To learn more, visit the foundation’s website at www.cfov.org.

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