Thursday, April 28, 2011

Money Available for Students~by Jacob Adkins

by Jacob Adkins
    Executive Director of the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Foundation S. Kimberly Jones, wants everyone to apply for scholarships, this years total money for all scholarships comes to $220,000.
Students may believe that they have to fill out an application for each scholarship offered by the foundation. Ms. Jones clarifies that students only need to fill out one application that should take no longer than 30 minutes to fill out. Then the foundation will see which scholarships you  may be eligible to receive.  She also says, “It is not all about your GPA.”
     The forms for the new 2011-12 scholarships came out on February 1. A new scholarship for this year is the Wendy’s Adoption and Foster Child Scholarship. This is for all students who were adopted or in foster care, and for students who work at Wendy’s in the seven county service region. The counties in this association include, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood. 
A quick check of the web site reveals wide variety of scholarships, like the Byrd/ Maxwell/ Wright Scholarship for nursing majors.
     Another scholarship is the Allen F. and Boris B. Gates Scholarship for English or history majors.     
Applications for all scholarships can be picked up in the Workforce and Community Education building or on the foundations website,
After filling out an application you can turn it in at many places, whether it be at the Foundations office, the Financial Aid office or on the Foundation web site.  The deadline for applications is March 1.
Even with all of the ways to turn in an application for a scholarship the number of applications has dropped. As Ms. Jones said, “Scholarships are available for anyone with a financial need.”
            Be sure to apply!

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