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 and submit it within the indicated time frame to be eligible for review.
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List of Scholarship Funds
Applications are due by March 31 unless otherwise noted.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provides two $1,500-a-year, four-year scholarships 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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For more information on the listed scholarships please contact the YCF office at 304-296-3433 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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In addition to our resources, we suggest you visit the following links for other West Virginia scholarships and resources:
- Mid Ohio Valley/Parkersburg
- Greater Kanawha Valley Community Foundation
- College Foundation of West Virginia
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required by all colleges. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/