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CEOS notes revised scholarship requirements

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Newview chapter of the WVU Community Educational Outreach Service has removed the financial need requirement for the scholarship they are offering.

The application now requires only a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher and a written essay. “The essay may be of any length, provided it is at least 500 five words and must be on the topic of volunteerism and its impact on your community or yourself,” a spokesperson explained.

It is open to seniors in any of the Hancock County’s three high schools and seniors who have been home-schooled and who are planning to continue their education.

The scholarship will be in the form of a cash award to be used at the recipient’s discretion to defray the costs of continuing their education, whether at a traditional two or four year college or a trade school.

Applications can be obtained by calling the WVU Hancock County Extension Office in New Cumberland at (304) 564-3805. Applications must be completed and returned to the office no later than April 15.

The Community Educational Outreach Service is one of several volunteer organizations of the West Virginia University Extension Service. Its mission is to strengthen individuals and families through continuing education, community service and leadership development. To learn about CEOS and its mission, to join an existing chapter or to start one, contact Sue Isner, families and community development program assistant, at the WVU Hancock County Extension Office.

Local CEOS promoting state undergraduate scholarships

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Community Educational Outreach Service has announced that the availability of five undergraduate student scholarships provided at the state level by the WVU Extension CEOS. They include:

– The Human Service/Education Scholarship: Three will be awarded at $500 per year for West Virginia students who have successfully completed 24 credit hours and are enrolled in West Virginia colleges or universities.

Some fields of study might include nutrition, early childhood development, education, interior design, textiles, apparel design, psychology, social work, counseling and perhaps other related fields. The application is due April 1.

– Nursing Scholarship: One will be awarded at $500 per year for West Virginia students who have successfully completed 24 credit hours and are enrolled in West Virginia colleges or universities offering the bachelor’s degree in nursing. The application is due April 1.

– International Undergraduate Student Scholarship: One will be awarded with a cash award of $3,500 and tuition waiver for a one-year, two-semester service learning opportunity to an international undergraduate student enrolled or able to enroll at WVU. The application is due Feb. 28.

For requirements, responsibilities and application for any of these scholarships, visit extension.wvu.edu/community-educational-outreach-service or contact the WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development at (304) 293-2796.

Steubenville High School Class of 1959 planning luncheon

STEUBENVILLE — Alumni of the Steubenville High School Class of 1959 held a December luncheon luncheon with 18 in attendance.

Donna Tepovich and Tom Maxwell won gift certificates. Norina Eroshevich provided the holiday blessing. After lunch, Donna Collins was surprised with a birthday cake and many well wishes. Pete Barren updated the group with progress of the new baseball/softball field for Steubenville High School and commitments received for support from classmates to make a donation from the Class of 1959.

Tom Maxwell entertained with a slightly altered version of “The Night Before Christmas.”

The next luncheon will be Jan. 19 at Froehlich’s Classic Corner, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Reservations should be made by today by calling Eroshevich at (740) 219-2234. All are welcome.

Annual blessing of the Ohio River is scheduled for Sunday

WEIRTON — The fifth-annual Pan-Orthodox Great Blessing of the Ohio River will be held at the Steubenville Marina on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m.

The parishes involved include St. Nicholas Orthodox Church of Weirton, All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Weirton, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Steubenville and the Orthodox Church of the Life-Giving Fountain in Martins Ferry along with other clergy and faithful from surrounding areas. The blessing is done in conjunction with the Feast of Holy Theophany where Christ was baptized by John in the Jordan River thereby sanctifying the waters.

This fifth-year blessing and service has become an annual January event, bringing together the Orthodox churches and their faithful for a joint service.

In case of inclement weather, would-be attendees are advised to check with their parish priest or visit the St Nicholas Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StNicholasOC26062 to check the status of the event. For information, contact the Rev. Andrew Nelko at (304) 723-3383.

Weir High School’s Class of 1967 schedules lunch meeting

WEIRTON — Members of Weir High School’s Class of 1967 will be meeting on Jan. 19 at noon for lunch at Chico Fiesta, located at 3110 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.

All classmates and spouses are welcome.

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