A commitment to Preston County has been part of Tucker Community Foundation’s mission since 1991 when an endowment was established by the estate of former Tucker and Preston county residents P.L. and Elizabeth Cook Milkint.  Over the years, the Milkint Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $60,000 to benefit students from both counties.  The number of endowed funds benefiting Preston County has grown to over two dozen as more and more donors wisely invest in a community they love.

TCF’s commitment to Preston County continues today with the establishment of the Preston Community Fund, an unrestricted fund supporting scholarships, nonprofits, community and economic development, educational services, and other charitable causes specific to Preston County. All distributions will be guided by recommendations from an advisory committee made up of Preston County residents and select donors.
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For a list of Endowed Funds that benefit Preston County with Grants & Scholarships see the table below.  In addition to these endowed funds, TCF manages other unrestricted income that can support grant and scholarship awards, so if you have a need that doesn’t fit with the below purposes, we encourage you to still apply.

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2016 Scholarship Awards by County
2016 Grant Awards by County

Preston Community Fund Advisors: Andrew Nelson, Don Smith, and John Dahlia, with Dave Moran as TCF board liaison. The PCF Advisory Committee will make recommendations on Preston Community Fund grant awards based on a competitive application process.

2016 Run For It Teams benefiting Preston County
Team NameTeam CaptainTeam Cause Description
Aurora Area Historical Society Jo-Ann HeltonThe mission of the Aurora Historical Society is to discover, collect, interpret, present and preserve documents, literature, oral histories and material culture, pertaining to the history of the Union District of Preston County, West Virginia
Friends of the CheatAmanda Pitzer Team Captain - Amanda Pitzer: Friends of the Cheat (FOC) is a grassroots watershed group working to "restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River Watershed". FOC cleans up acid mine drainage pollution, monitors stream health, develops regional rail-trails, and public river accesses, and educates and advocates for a healthy environment. Contact Amanda Pitzer (304)329-3621
Wade's WOW Playground Jason MazzaTo build an all inclusive playground in Kingwood, WV that is inspiring and truly accessible to individuals of all ages and abilities.
Aurora School PTO Joni BlambleAurora School PTO uses the money that they raise through their fundraisers to support our staff and students with the tools they need to succeed each school year. The county budget doesn't provide the teachers with everything that they wish to do or use in the classroom.
Aurora Mountain Lions Club Jeannette AdamsWe support the community. Our main goal is our community school. We work with the Sight Foundation to do vision screenings for children in our school.
Preston Mat Club Woodrow TurnerTo teach and promote youth wrestling in Preston County from ages 4 to 14.
Aurora Project Alice FleischmanFanning the spark of inspiration - that is the mission of the Aurora Project, West Virginia's only multi-disciplinary artists' residency. We aim to enrich our community with regularly scheduled events, workshops, and school programs while contributing to our local economy with the restoration of historic cottages and heritage tourism.
After School Explorers - Preston County Susie Huggins & Shawn BrittonAfter School Explorers provides after school programming to 8 schools serving 400 children. Services include homework help, healthy snack, computer time, physical activity, enrichments and presentations. ASE offers Little Learners, story hour and computer night. ASE participates in RUN FOR IT! to continue building the endowment to support after school programs in Preston County.
Kingwood Elementary School Stags Jill ZeiglerKingwood Stags are seeking alternative strategies to make our students academically and socially successful. This will include programs such as gardening and outdoor education, robotics and coding, personal development, leadership, and anti-bullying programs. We will also include relevant field trips to apply our skills in the real world.
Preston Community Fund Runners David MoranGrowing unrestricted funds to benefit Preston County communities.
Preston County Humane Society Dana RexroadWe run to save lives! All Run For It proceeds are directed to our Spay/Neuter Assistance and Community Cats programs, helping Preston County families and saving lives by reducing the number of homeless and unwanted pets. We welcome team members and sponsors for our cause.
2016 Preston County Scholarship Winners
TCF FUNDTotal ScholarshipNameHome County
PRESTON HS AMERICAN LEGION $2500Kayla M. RingerPreston
KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS BROWN LODGE #32$1000Emilea M. WarnickPreston
TCF SCHOLARSHIP$550Amber RodeheaverPreston
TCF SCHOLARSHIP$500Emma McClellandPreston
Endowed Funds benefiting Preston County
Endowed Grant FundsPurposeService Area
Preston Community FundUnrestricted Grants & ScholarshipsPreston
Fred T. Busk FundArts EducationUnrestricted
Carl Delsignore FundCreative ArtsUnrestricted
Terra Alta Economic Development Corporation FundEconomic Development of Terra AltaPreston
Ellis Boury III FundEducation and/or development of creative or technical writing. Multi County
Harold & Ruth Shaffer Mountain Hospice FundMountain Hospice, Inc. Region
Mindy Pierce Historic Preservation FundBricks and mortar historic building projects.Preston
Crimson Shamrock Literacy FundTo provide project funds for activities that will lead to the improvement of literacy in West VirginiaStatewide - WV
Citizens Bank of West Virgina FundUnrestrictedUnrestricted
Directors' General FundUnrestrictedUnrestricted
Robert W. & Sarah M. Minear FundUnrestrictedUnrestricted
Mountain Valley Bank, NA FundUnrestrictedUnrestricted
H. Dailey & Belva Shaffer Martin FundUnrestrictedUnrestricted
Uncle Sam's Birthday Party FundUnrestrictedUnrestricted
PHS US Army JROTC FundPay expenses for equipment, travel to competitive events and other program expenses.Preston
Scholarship Funds benefiting Preston County
Endowed Scholarship FundsPurposeCounty Served
Dr. Mary Alice Klein Scholarship FundStudents planning a career in educationFull Service Area
Enos, Delbert H. & Shirley Carr Scholarship FundWVU, Marshall, or D&E College studentsFull Service Area
H. Max Price Scholarship FundTraditional or non-traditional students attending a trade schoolFull Service Area
Joyce Colbert Veterinary Scholarship FundFor Students pursing a degree in Veterinary MedicineGarrett, MD, Preston, Tucker
Lindsey & Addie Reed Scholarship FundWVU undergraduate agricultural students Full Service Area
P.L. & Elizabeth Cook Milkint Scholarship FundTucker or Preston County graduateTucker & Preston
Robert W. Minear, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund Students planning a career in educationFull Service Area
Crimson Shamrock Graduate Scholarship FundPostgraduate college students. Preston & Tucker Garrett County, MD
White Grass Cafe Culinary Scholarship Student attending culinary school or cooking education classes WV resident
Preston High School American Legion Scholarship FundAnnual scholarship for a graduating senior at Preston High School Preston
Knights of Pythias Brown Lodge #32Help a graduating Preston County High School senior Preston
Citizens National Bank FundUnrestrictedFull Service Area
Directors' General FundUnrestrictedFull Service Area
H. Dailey & Belva Shaffer Martin FundUnrestrictedFull Service Area
Mountain Valley Bank FundUnrestrictedFull Service Area
R.W. & Sarah Minear FundUnrestrictedFull Service Area
Uncle Sam's Birthday Party FundUnrestrictedFull Service Area
Preston Community FundUnrestrictedPreston County