Scholarships

YCF offers a variety of scholarships to help students acquire a post-secondary education. Some scholarships are designated for graduating seniors of certain schools or those who reside in certain counties. Others are awarded for specific fields of study such as music, veterinary practice or engineering. Carefully read the criteria listed with each scholarship before applying.

Currently, most scholarships are based at least in part on financial need, academic achievement, and leadership qualities. 

All applicants must complete the application for the scholarship in which they are interested by clicking on the “Apply” link below the scholarship description. Applications must be submitted by March 31st to be eligible for review. 

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List of Scholarship Funds

Applications are due by March 31.

Athletic scholarships

Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships are available to any graduating West Virginia high school student who is planning to participate in cross country and/or track and field at the collegiate level.

Apply for the Jim Dunn Scholarship

Dunn Fact Sheet.pdf

Scholarships by affiliation

The Jean and Laurence S. DeLynn Scholarship

Provides a $5,000 per year (renewable) scholarship to high school graduates who are children or grandchildren of current or retired full-time employees of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, working at the Mylan location based in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Apply for the DeLynn Scholarship

DeLynn Fact Sheet.pdf

Mountain Loggers Cooperative Association (MLCA) Scholarship

Provides a $750 scholarship for an individual nominated by an MLCA member. Applicants must be legal U.S. residents, provide a letter of support from a MLCA member, and be enrolled to attend an accredited college, university, technical or trade school during the upcoming academic year.  

Apply for the MLCA Scholarship

Margaret L. Spencer Health Career Education Scholarship

Provides a scholarship toward the first year tuition for any health career education program which provides a degree, certification, or license. Eligible applicants shall be current caregivers and other service staff who have worked at Sundale for three or more years or members of their immediate families. Secondary preference shall be given to department heads, administrators, and persons who already have a degree, certification, or license in a health care profession or members of their immediate families.

Apply for the Spencer Scholarship

Margaret L. Spencer Fact Sheet.pdf

Roy and Frances Valentine Family Scholarship

The scholarship recipient(s) must be the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a member of I.U.O.E., Local #132; a graduate of an accredited public or private school with a minimum “C” average; and show evidence of acceptance to an accredited, licensed or certified post-secondary trade or technical school, junior college, four-year undergraduate college or university. Special emphasis will be given to those displaying personal attributes of hard work, dedication, high moral character and creativeness as evidenced in the lives of Roy and Frances Valentine and to those with financial or personal hardship.

Apply for the Valentine Scholarship

Valentine Fact Sheet.pdf

Scholarships available regionwide

Ernest Daniel Conaway, Raymond Guy Baker and Everett Reece Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund

Provides a $2,000 scholarship to a West Virginia resident pursuing a medical (M.D.) degree or students in medicine or undergraduate pre-majors or majors in engineering as full time students at West Virginia University.

Apply for the Baker Scholarship

The William Charles Davis and Dorcas Regina Davis Educational Scholarship

Provides a $500 scholarship to West Virginia residents that are enrolled full-time at a recognized institution of higher learning in the state of West Virginia, entering into their sophomore year or above. To be eligible, applicants must be in a recognized degree program for education or science, have a GPA of 3.25 or above, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship is not open to freshmen, and applicants must show proof of achieving a 3.25 GPA in the immediate prior two semesters.

Apply for the Davis Scholarship

Lillian A. Devison Scholarship

Scholarship to a graduate student at a West Virginia college or university. Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited four-year undergraduate college or university and show proof of acceptance in the graduate program at a college or university in the state of West Virginia. Special emphasis will be given to those displaying personal attributes of hard work, dedication, high moral character and creativeness and to those with financial or personal hardship.

Apply for the Devison Scholarship

Devison Fact Sheet.pdf

Erin Marie Keener Scholarship 

The recipient must be a fourth-year nursing student at West Virginia University with a 3.0 GPA or greater from Marion County (if possible) or from North Central West Virginia.

Apply for the Keener Scholarship

Keener Fact Sheet.pdf

Lee H. and Doris Meltzer Fund

Provides one annual $6,000 scholarship for a West Virginia resident to attend an accredited public college or university within the state. Student must demonstrate strong work ethic, character, commitment and have financial need. First preference will be given to students who are the first in their family to attend college and who have successfully completed one semester of higher education and is in good academic standing. The scholarship may be renewed annually if student provides proof of good standing from academic institution.

Apply for the Meltzer Scholarship

Scholarships available in Doddridge County, WV

Brandi Kay Bowen Scholarship

Recipients will be Doddridge County High School graduates with emphasis on, but not limited to, first-year enrollment in a college or university. Preference may be given to female students who are well-rounded individuals and have demonstrated strong work ethic, character and commitment.

Apply for the Bowen Scholarship

Bowen Fact Sheet.pdf

Scholarships available in Harrison County, WV

J. Cecil Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

Provides scholarship assistance to one or more students from Harrison County who are enrolled in postgraduate (beyond Baccalaureate) studies in law, medicine or journalism at an accredited college or university.

Apply for the Jarvis Scholarship

Jarvis Fact Sheet.pdf

PFC Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Scholarship

Provides a one time scholarship for a Monongalia or Harrison County student to attend an accredited higher education institution.The student must have exhibited commitment and leadership qualities through involvement in school and community activities, demonstrate a need for financial assistance and submit an essay on “What Patriotism Means to Me.”  Preference will be given to a University High School Student in Monongalia County.

Apply for the Harper Scholarship

Harper Fact Sheet.pdf

Rusty Mazzie Memorial Scholarship

Provides scholarship assistance to a Notre Dame High School, Harrison County, WV graduate who demonstrates intent to enroll in a public or private higher education institution. Applicant must have participated in high school athletics and sustained a level of academic success throughout high school. See Mazzie Scholarship additional criteria.

Apply for the Rusty Mazzie Scholarship

Mazzie Scholarship criteria .pdf

Catherine Flynn Morrison Memorial Scholarship 

To deserving students graduating from Harrison County high schools who wish to become certified professional teachers in the state of West Virginia and pursue a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from an accredited institution of higher education in West Virginia. Students must demonstrate a financial need.

Apply for the Morrison Scholarship 

Woodrow W. Woods Scholarship

Provides a $3,000-$5,000 scholarship to deserving Harrison County residents attending a college, university, technical or trade school in the state of West Virginia. To be eligible to apply you must be an unmarried male or female. Priority in awarding shall be given to those who are in need of assistance because of their limited financial resources. The scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled full-time and in good academic standing. This is a non-renewable scholarship, you must reapply during the next scholarship cycle if you wish to be considered for funding again.

Apply for the Woods Scholarship

 

Scholarships available in Marion County, WV

Jacob David Bower “Bower Power” Scholarship

Recipients must be graduating seniors from a Marion County high school demonstrating strength of character and high academic promise, participated in at least one varsity sport, and exhibited commitment and leadership qualities through involvement in school and community activities. Students must provide a recommendation from a teacher or counselor and at least one coach.

Apply for the “Bower Power” Scholarship

Bower Fact Sheet.pdf

William “Will” Charleton Bridges Scholarship

Establishes a scholarship for a graduating senior from Fairmont Senior High School who plans to attend Fairmont State University. In an essay, applicants must describe what they hope to accomplish by attending college.

Apply for the Bridges Scholarship

Bridges Fact Sheet.pdf

Seth Burton Memorial Scholarship

Recipient(s) will be chosen from among students participating in the Youth Leadership Program of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, or other similar program approved by the donors, who make application to be considered for the award. Special emphasis will be given to those displaying personal attributes of hard work, dedication, high moral character and creativeness and to those with financial or personal hardship.

Apply for the Burton Scholarship

Burton Fact Sheet.pdf

Charlotte and Mary Gail Koen Scholarship

Available to residents of Mannington District of Marion County, West Virginia, and nearby areas, for educational purposes with emphasis on, but not limited to, technical or vocational training. Eligible individuals must have successfully completed a high school diploma, obtained an equivalent General Educational Diploma or be honorably discharged from any branch of the United States Military Service with at least one full year of active duty.

Apply for the Koen Scholarship

Koen Fact Sheet.pdf

Scholarships available in Monongalia County, WV

Sgt. Christopher Dalton Memorial Scholarship

Provides a scholarship to a graduating senior from Morgantown High School planning to major in criminal justice. The student must be planning to attend a college or university within West Virginia, demonstrate academic excellence, and demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Recipients are eligible to reapply for renewal for a period of 4 years, provided they continue to meet the eligibility requirements and are in good academic standing.

Apply for the Dalton Scholarship

HopeWorks Scholarship

 Provides a minimum $1,000-a-year, four-year renewable scholarship to Monongalia County, West Virginia, high school graduates who are regularly enrolled as undergraduate students in an accredited college or university. The recipients shall have demonstrated need for financial assistance due to loss of parental support from death, divorce, or loss of family income due to special circumstances; excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations; and high academic promise.

Apply for the HopeWorks Scholarship

Hope Works Fact Sheet.pdf

PFC. Andrew Martin “Bo” Harper Scholarship

Provides a one-time scholarship for a Monongalia or Harrison County student to attend an accredited higher education institution.The student must have exhibited commitment and leadership qualities through involvement in school and community activities, demonstrate a need for financial assistance and submit an essay on “What Patriotism Means to Me.”  Preference will be given to a University High School student in Monongalia County.

Apply for the Harper Scholarship

Harper Fact Sheet.pdf

Soundra Poling-Brookhaven Scholarship

Provides a $500 scholarship to high school graduates who had completed the fifth grade at Brookhaven Elementary School. Applicants must demonstrate their intent to enroll as full-time students in an eligible public or private higher education institution in West Virginia. The recipients shall have exhibited excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations and demonstrated academic potential through an active commitment to classroom work and assignments. Applicants will be required to submit for consideration a minimum of one statement from a teacher or counselor addressing whether the student has performed up to his or her potential. Applicants must also present proof of graduating fifth grade at Brookhaven Elementary School in Morgantown, WV.

Apply for the Poling-Brookhaven Scholarship

Poling Fact Sheet.pdf

Matthew D. “Biggie” Wolfe Culinary Arts and Hospitality Memorial Scholarship

Provides a  scholarship to a Monongalia County student pursuing post-secondary studies in Culinary Arts and/or the Food and Hospitality Industry. Students must have completed their junior year in high school, achieved a cumulative 3.0 GPA, plan to be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary culinary arts and/or food and hospitality training program and have a career goal of becoming a chef or working in the food and hospitality industry.

Apply for the Wolfe Scholarship

Wolfe Fact Sheet.pdf  
 

Scholarships available in Preston County, WV

 Angela Shahan Memorial Scholarship

Provides one $500 scholarship to a Preston County, West Virginia, high school graduate who is regularly enrolled as an undergraduate student in a college or university, and pursuing studies in the areas of agriculture, engineering, construction, electrical or related trades. The recipients shall be evaluated based on (a) excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations, (b) high academic promise and (c) submission of financial information.

Apply for the Shahan Scholarship

Shahan Fact Sheet.pdf

Dr. Leo Kotchek Memorial Scholarship

Provides a $500 (renewable) scholarship to a Preston High School graduate who is regularly enrolled as undergraduate student in a college or university and intending to study veterinary medicine and practice as a veterinarian in West Virginia. The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years, provided the student shows proof of enrollment in pre-veterinary studies. The recipient shall be evaluated based on (a) excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations, (b) high academic promise and (c) submission of financial information.

Apply for the Kotchek Scholarship

 

John T. and Joann C. Wills Music Educator’s Scholarship

Provides one $500 scholarship to a Preston County high school graduate who is regularly enrolled as an undergraduate student in a college or university and who is pursuing a course of study listed in order of consideration: 1) music education, 2) instrumental or 3) choral/vocal. The recipient shall be evaluated based on (a) excellence, commitment and leadership through involvement in school and community organizations with special consideration for demonstrated musical abilities, (b) high academic promise and (c) submission of financial information.

Apply for the Wills Scholarship

Joycelyn A. Ayersman Memorial Scholarship

For a graduating senior from Preston High School who is a resident of Rowlesburg and has maintained at least a 2.5 GPA.

Apply for the Ayersman Scholarship

KHS Class of ’59 Scholarship

Provides one $500 scholarship to a Preston County high school graduate who is regularly enrolled as an undergraduate student in a four year college or university. The recipient must have a 2.5 GPA or above and must be pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. The applicant must document community service.

Apply for the KHS Scholarship 

 

Scholarships available in Horry County, SC

Scott Argabrite Memorial Scholarship

Provides a $1,000 (renewable) scholarship to a graduating senior from St. James High School, Horry County, SC.  

Apply for the Argabrite Scholarship 

 

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For more information on the listed scholarships please contact the YCF office at 304-296-3433 or heather@ycfwv.org

 

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In addition to our resources, we suggest you visit the following links for other West Virginia scholarships and resources:

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