Students from Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker Counties, WV and Garrett County, MD are eligible to apply for Tucker Community Foundation scholarship awards. Endowed funds, the Kep & Alice Smith Trust and other unrestricted funds of the Foundation will provide more than $40,000 for 2011 scholarship awards that will range from in size from $750 to $4,000.
Awards are based on a competitive application process and completed applications must be turned in to the Foundation office postmarked by April 1. Applications are available at the Foundation office located on the second floor of the Tucker County Board of Education Annex Building, through area high school guidance counselors, and at the Five Rivers Library in Parsons and the Mountain Top Library in Thomas. Applications can also be downloaded from the Foundation web site (www.tuckerfoundation.net).
Applicants have 3 different applications to choose from; the General Application is geared towards high school seniors and college students, the Non-Traditional Application is for the person who has been out of school for several years and wishes to return to further their education and the Gary Wilson Application is intended for Tucker County k-12 students that are either attending a Christian school or enrolled in a Christian based home schooling program. Students attending trade schools are also eligible to apply for scholarships.
The Foundation currently manages more than 30 Endowed Scholarship Funds that have a wide variety of distribution criteria (visit the scholarship link on the Foundation web site for a complete listing). Students planning to further their education are encouraged to apply for a scholarship regardless of their field of study.
Examples of Scholarship Funds include the Joseph Steffl Fund, a memorial fund that provides assistance to a graduating senior from high schools in Randolph and Pocahontas Counties and the Margaret Ann & James A. Grafton Fund, another memorial fund that provides annual scholarships to students attending WVU for nursing and forestry, and/or students seeking a major in occupational safety. The Grafton scholarship is awarded to seniors from Tucker or Barbour County, or to older students entering one of the designated schools at WVU.
Endowed scholarship funds are established by donors who wish to provide a perpetual source of funding for area students. Donors who establish an endowed fund are given the option of naming the fund and choosing the distribution criteria. Donors may also choose to donate unrestricted funds allowing the Foundation to award the funds where they are most needed.
Scholarship awards will be announced in May. For more information, call the Foundation office at 304-478-2930.