More than 35 scholarships from the Tucker Community Foundation are available for high school and college students in Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph and Tucker counties, W.Va. and Garrett County, Md. Scholarship awards will range from $500 to $10,000 with most in the $1,000 range.
Students can go to www.tuckerfoundation.net/endowed-funds/scholarships/ to download an application. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 6. Applications are also available at the Foundation offices located in the Board of Education Annex at 100 Education Lane, Parsons; and 737 William Ave, Suite 1, in Davis. High School guidance counselors in the Foundation’s service area also have applications for distribution.
Executive Director Robert Burns encourages all high school and college students to apply even if their educational needs do not align with a particular fund.
“Some of the Tucker Community Foundation’s scholarships are designated for graduates of a particular high school or for a particular college while others are based on activities or intended college majors” Burns said. “Just because you do not qualify for one scholarship does not mean you would not qualify for another. We review all of the scholarship applicants and determine the student’s eligibility for each different scholarship.”
New this year, the Foundation will be awarding a scholarship from the Randall H. Alt Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund provides an annual scholarship for a Petersburg High School graduating senior (male or female) who is attending a West Virginia school and who has participated in a varsity sport at Petersburg High School.
The Ryan Patrick Gosa Fund supports educational opportunities in the Liberal Arts for Tucker County. Journalism, Communications and Public Relations, English, History, Humanities, Languages, Literature and Writing, Philosophy and Ethics – these are just some of the fields of study that could qualify students.
Randolph County Vo-tech students are encouraged to apply for the Mark Hutchison / David Cosner Scholarship. Candidates should demonstrate the qualities valued by the Marines and the Navy: respect, discipline, honor, responsibility, commitment, and service to others.
Postgraduate college students from Tucker, Preston or Garrett counties who are pursuing a masters, doctorate or professional degree are eligible for a Crimson Shamrock Scholarship.
The Gary Wilson Fund provides a scholarship for Tucker County students attending a Christian elementary, middle or high school, or who are being home schooled employing Christian educational principles and values.
A $500 White Grass Culinary Scholarship is available for students from any West Virginia county who are pursuing culinary arts education.
High school seniors, college students, students attending technical schools and other non-traditional students (e.g., adults returning to school) are encouraged to apply for a Tucker Community Foundation scholarship regardless of their field of study.
Tucker Community Foundation manages more than 120 endowed funds providing annual scholarships and grants to nonprofits and charitable causes in Barbour, Grant, Mineral, Preston, Pocahontas, Randolph, and Tucker counties in W.Va. and in Garrett County, Md. For questions or to learn more about creating an scholarship fund, contact the TCF Administrative Office at 304-478-2930 or the TCF Development Office at 304-259-5008.