The Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation (GVCF) is pleased to announce that it has ten scholarships and three grants available to community members. Applications are due Mar. 13, for the scholarships and June 8, for the grants. Information and application forms are available at www.gvfoundation.org as well as through area high school guidance counselors.
The scholarships available are:
• The AA McLaughlin Memorial Scholarship, awarded to high school seniors from the former Alderson High School attendance area.
• The Gay and Becky Shinaberry Scholarship, an award to one young woman from the Pocahontas County High School whose parents have yet to earn a college degree.
• The Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation Scholarship, awarded to at least one student from each of the public high schools in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas Counties. Recipient shall be the student who most enriches the community, either at the high school or in the community at large, through the student’s attitude and actions.
• The Judith Anne O’Connor Westerik Scholarship, granted to a graduating student from Greenbrier East High School who is planning to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
• The Lewisburg Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarship which is awarded to a non-traditional female student attending the Greenbrier Campus of New River CTC.
• The Lewisburg High School Alumni Association Scholarship, an award of for graduating students of Greenbrier East High School who reside in the former Lewisburg High School attendance area and will be attending the Greenbrier Campus of New River CTC.
• The Moore Family Philanthropic Scholarships Honoring Greenbrier Military School, awarded to students who visit the Greenbrier Military School Museum and submit an essay.
• Roe Walker Family Fund/Janice Walker Pogue Scholarship for the White Sulphur Springs Community, an award to graduating seniors who reside in White Sulphur Springs.
• The Roland P. Sharp Family Memorial Scholarship, granted to a student from Pocahontas County High School who plans to pursue a career in dentistry, teaching, or agriculture.
• The Virgil W. Hanshaw Orphan’s Scholarship, awarded to a student who has lost both parents to death, or is a student of a single-parent household, or is a student exiting the foster care system.
The grants available are:
• The Greenbrier Valley Women’s Fund. Proposals for amounts up to $1,500 may be submitted by any nonprofit organization that works in the region to empower women.
• The Community Fund Mini-Grant. It provides up to $250.00 for projects to be completed in the upcoming school year. It may be used to purchase supplies, pay honoraria for guest speakers, and assist with the cost of travel and admission for student field trips as well as other educational purposes. Teachers as well as any individual who would like to present an enrichment program in one of the public schools in Greenbrier, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties may apply.
• The Mary B. Nickell Grant for Arts Education that provides funding for arts programs in the public schools. It also may be used to purchase supplies, pay honoraria for guest speakers, and assist with the cost of travel and admission for student field trips as well as other purposes that further arts education. Teachers as well as any individual who would like to present an art enrichment program in one of the public schools in Greenbrier County may apply for up to $2,000.
The Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation was incorporated in 1999. It is a collection of funds, each with a separate agreement, donors, and philanthropic purpose. In 2014, GVCF distributed over $290,000 to area nonprofit organizations and through scholarships for higher education. Since it was founded, GVCF has disbursed over three million dollars to the community. The GVCF office is located at 109 S. Jefferson Street, Lewisburg. For more information, contact Courtney Smith, executive director, at 304-645-5620, firstname.lastname@example.org, or P.O. Box 1682, Lewisburg, WV 24901.