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Foundation awards $357,574 in scholarships to local students

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

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.

Such opportunities are made possible by generous 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 include either a renewable component or an invitation to submit applications in the future for additional funding. Beyond students receiving awards for the first time or through re-application, there are many others who continue to benefit from multi-year scholarships held by the foundation.

“Scholarship time is an especially energizing period of the year, and we are so pleased to provide such meaningful opportunities for area students,” said Susie Nelson, the foundation’s executive director. This year, four scholarship funds were added to CFOV’s portfolio: The John Nicholas Varlas and Nancy Allen Varlas Scholarship benefiting John Marshall High School graduates; the David Robertson Scholarship benefiting WVNCC students; the May Green Scholarship benefiting Martins Ferry High School students; and the Lloyd Shirl and Esta Mae Taggart Scholarship benefiting Tyler Consolidated High School students.

“The affordability of higher education is not only a popular topic, but also a very real challenge for many students and their families. Scholarships serve a powerful purpose by expanding educational opportunities while reducing financial stress,” Nelson shared.

The next foundation scholarship cycle will open in January. For information, call (304) 242-3144 or e-mail jess@cfov.org.

Recipients from Brooke, Hancock and Jefferson counties include;

* Isabella Aperfine, Weir High School, Aaron Davies Memorial Scholarship;

* Chad Durante, Franciscan University of Steubenville, American Association of University Women Beulah Boyd Scholarship;

* Jacob Bonner, Madonna High School, and Joseph Bostaph, Weir High School, Beulah Meyer Scholarship;

* Joseph Rohde, Catholic Central High School, Dr. Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship;

* Jason Polgar, Brooke High School, Frank Ferguson Memorial Scholarship;

* Brynna Jackson, Catholic Central High School, Gene DeProsperis Scholarship;

* Kayla Baseli, Weir High School, George Zatezalo Memorial Scholarship;

* Grace Hamilton, Steubenville High School; John H. and Dorothy M. Zmavec Scholarship;

* Noah Meyer, Buckeye Local High School, Leon Berze Memorial Scholarship;

* Jordan Apesos, Weir High School, Smaltz Family Scholarship;

* Taylor Kolb, Brooke High School, and Blaire McUmar, Weir High School, Tikkun Olam Scholarship of Temple Beth Israel of Steubenville;

* Isabella Haught, Brooke High School, Warren, Mary and Debbie Bennett Scholarship;

* Jeana Battista and Kamryn Bable, Brooke High School; Madalena Daugherty and Sydney Crawford, Madonna High School; Joseph Rohde, Catholic Central; and Madison Phillips, Edison High School, Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Foundation Scholarship.

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