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West Virginia Scholarship and Grant Programs
Students in West Virginia have a great many scholarships and grants to which they can apply. The awards listed here are but a few. Both of the community based foundations listed below administer many scholarships and grants with different qualifying criteria. You may not qualify for all of them however if you are a West Virginia resident, you will most likely qualify for at least one.
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
W. P. Black Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is for high school seniors who are residents of West Virginia. Recipient must also be a US citizen. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and academic excellence. The Scholarship is for a two or four year accredited college or university and is renewable.
Applicants must submit high school transcripts and test scores along with application, financial need analysis, references and essay. Students may apply for 2 foundation awards but can only be chosen for one. Minimum award amount of the WP Black Scholarship is $1,000.
To apply for this scholarship or other Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Scholarships, contact Susan Hoover, Scholarship Coordinator at (304) 346-3620.
Bernice Pickens Parsons Fund
This is a renewable award set aside for high school seniors who are pursuing education or training in library science, nursing or paraprofessional training in the legal field. This grant is for residents of West Virginia who are US citizens and can demonstrate financial need. The minimum award of this grant is $1,000.
Applicants will need to submit their high school transcripts, test scores, a financial need analysis, an essay and references along with their application. Contact Susan Hoover, Scholarship Coordinator (304) 346-3620. Applicants may also wish to visit The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation's website.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation - Jennifer D. Coulter Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is set aside for students graduating from Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg, West Virginia and pursuing a teaching career and students graduating from Webster County High School in Upper Glade, West Virginia (no restrictions on course of study or vocation).
This scholarship is need based however applicants also need to demonstrate academic achievement with at least a 2.5 GPA. Students interested in this scholarship should also be active in extracurricular activities and community service. In addition, preference will be given to those applicants who have studied a foreign language during high school.
To apply for this scholarship apply on the general scholarship form for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. For more information about the foundation or any of its scholarships, visit the foundation's website.
West Virginia Higher Education Grant
This is a need based grant for West Virginia undergraduate students to attend an approved public or private college or university in West Virginia or Pennsylvania. Applicant must have resided in West Virginia for one year immediately preceding the date of grant application and be a US citizen. Student must have a high school diploma or the equivalent.
Applicant must complete the Common Application for State Level Financial Aid as well as the FAFSA. These grants are awarded based on available funds as well as the student's choice of college.
For more information on the grant program, call (304) 558-4614 or 1-888-825-5707. You may also write to:
West Virginia Higher Education Grant Program, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Blvd. East, Suite 700, Charleston, WV 25301